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The archives of Radio Mogadishu survived 20 years of civil war and will be digitized!

The dark room contains thousands of reels with folk songs, political speeches, drama, poetry and religious programs that were saved from various clan militias who took control of areas of the city after the ousting of then Somali president Siad Barre in 1991.

The head of Radio Mogadishu's archives, Abshir Hashi Ali, shows some of the station's most important historical recordings in Mogadishu, Somalia, on November 7

„The head of Radio Mogadishu’s archives, Abshir Hashi Ali, shows some of the station’s most important historical recordings in Mogadishu, Somalia, on November 7, 2013.“ (Source flickr)

Read the full story at Focus on Somalia!

Some photos on Flickr about the archive.

A short film about the project.

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This is a cassette of Dur Dur,1 a group from Somalia which was very popular in the 1980’s. When I first listened to it I was amazed by the sound which resembled very much 1970’s funk music. John at Likembe writes about similar experiences. He presents also a lot of more information about Dur Dur in a another posting.2

Cover of cassette ‘Africa’ from Dur Dur

Cover of cassette ‘Africa’ from Dur Dur

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  1. I bought the cassette on my first trip to Ethiopia in 1993 in Addis Ababa. And this is also first complete cassette, I managed to upload. []
  2. An additional source of information about Somali popular music is the fascinating article The Light & Sound Of Mogadishu by Matthew LaVoie at VOA. []

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