Super Somali Sounds From The Gulf Of Tadjoura

4 Mars

Super Somali Sounds From The Gulf Of Tadjoura

  • Label: Ostinato
  • Catalogue number: OSTLP010
  • Format: 2 x LP
  • Genres: Afro, Afro Funk, Dub, Ethnic, Funk, Reggae, World
  • Origin: United States
£19.99

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Tracklist

Natesha (Compassion)
Hobalayeey Nabadu! (Hello Peace!)
Dhulka Hooyo (Motherland)
Tamarta (Power)
Daroor (The Rain Didn't Come)
Bulsha Yahay Haddadau
Baxsanow Ismaacil (Song For Djibouti's President Ismail Omar Guelleh)
Lama Rabeen Karo (It Cannot Be Desired)
Tilman Baa Lagu Socdaa (Follow The Rules)
Inkaar Waalid (The Elders' Curse)
Abaal (Gratitude)
Gabadha Soo Galbiya (Song To Escort Newlyweds)
Maalkii Runta Ahaa Anigaa Ka Rooree (I Turned Away A True Treasure)

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Description

The Gulf of Tadjoura is a basin of the Indian Ocean in the Horn of Africa, south of the entrance to the Red Sea. It's an area rich in natural flora and fauna, with a bustling and lively music scene to match, as proven by this new compilation on Ostinato's Djibouti Archives series. It all features a 40 person Somali ensemble of dancers, actor, musicians, percussionists and singers called 4 Mars (named after the founding date of The People's Rally for Progress in 1997. The group served as house band for that collective and here show their sound is full of soulful and sassy grooves that tend to go slow but build you up big. Elements of African, Asia and Mediterranean culture all permeate the tracks, some of which are studio recordings, other live performances.

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