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  • review August 25, 2017

    Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes From the Horn of Africa

    How quickly it happens! In the chaotic wake of colonial history, cultures collide and blend and find extraordinary expression in new hybrid music. A scene develops and seizes the imagination of a generation. Composers, singers and bands flourish, producing a … Read more »

  • review March 17, 2016

    Faransiskiyo Somaliland

    According to World Music Central.org, the Sahra Halgan Trio is the only artist from Somaliland working in world music, something that seems difficult to verify, but certainly speaks to how high their profile is, and how rare they are. On … Read more »

  • video April 2, 2014

    Somali Love Songs: A Hip Deep Introduction

    Wellesley College Historian Lidwien Kapteijns is the lead advisor on Afropop’s Hip Deep program “Reconstructing Somalia, Love Songs at the Birth of a Nation.” Here she introduces the program with a tour of her office, introducing artists, recordings, books and … Read more »

  • feature April 2, 2014

    Web-Exclusive Podcast: More Songs of Love and War from Somalia

    Banning Eyre presents songs and stories from Somalia’s fertile independence era, and up to the present. This podcast is a supplement to Afropop’s Hip Deep program “Reconstructiong Somalia, Love Songs at the Birth of a Nation.” Somali scholar and former … Read more »

  • hip-deep March 27, 2014

    Reconstructing Somalia: Love Songs at the Birth of a Nation

    This program offers a rare musical portrait of Somalia’s formative, pre-civil war years (1960-90). In a rising mood of patriotism and hope, Somalis sought to forge a culturally authentic, but also modern, national identity. Poetry, theatrical plays, and gorgeous, lyrical … Read more »

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