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Khojaly Osman performs in Omdurman, 1970s. Photo Courtesy of Shihab Osman.

You Need to Hear This Mixtape of Vintage, Golden Era Sudanese Music

Ostinato Records founder Vik Sohonie shares details on his upcoming compilation of sounds from Khartoum and Omdurman.

In a meeting with Djibouti's minister of culture in late 2016, we discussed Somali and Afar music from his country. The conversation gradually grew to East African music culture at large and when I asked if he enjoyed the music of Mohamed Wardi, a Sudanese legend, he placed his phone down, adjusted his glasses, put his hands into the heavens and said "Wardi!," as if to imply that we mere mortals have no business speaking so casually about a singer, composer, poet, and activist deified across much of Africa and the Arabic speaking world.

Such is the reputation of Sudanese music, particularly in East Africa and what is often referred to as the "Sudanic Belt," a cultural zone that stretches from Sudan all the way west to Mauritania, covering much of the Sahara and the Sahel, lands where Sudanese artists are household names and Sudanese poems are regularly used as lyrics to produce the latest hits. Sudan is a land of poets. When protesters take to the streets of the capital, they read poems.

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The Lost Songs From Somalia's Golden Age of Music Are Compiled In This New Mix

Get transported to 1970s & 1980s Mogadishu in this mixtape of newly rescued songs from Somalia's golden age of music, put together by Ostinato Records.

Vik Sohonie, founder of Ostinato Records, gives us the background on his mixtape 'Somali Sounds from Mogadishu to Djibouti.'

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