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This Compilation of Lost Somali Tapes Is Nominated For a Grammy

Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes from the Horn of Africa is up for Best Historical Album at the 2018 Grammy Awards.


It looks like there are two great vintage African records up for awards at the 60th Annual Grammys.

Despite the Grammys still not catching up to afrobeats, one classic Burkinabé record is nominated for two awards, as well as this amazing compilation from Somalia.

Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes from the Horn of Africa, a compilation of pre-civil war music that celebrates Somali women, is nominated for Best Historical Album.

Vik Sohonie, the founder of Ostinato Records, the label that released this album, wrote an in-depth piece about Sweet As Broken Dates for OkayAfrica earlier this year when we got a first look at the record.

"If we cast our gaze to the 1970s & 1980s, just before the civil war, when the arts, especially theater and music, reigned supreme, Somali women were the captains of their art form," Sohonie writes.

"Any curation or distilling of the Somali sound from before the war, not even by choice, will undoubtedly consist of a selection tracks led by women vocalists. Their voices, from soaring, to sweet, to haunting, are reflective of the diversity of the Somali repertoire," says Sohonie.

"The roster is endless: Khadra Dahir, Maryan Naasir, Maryan Mursal, Sahra Dawo, Sara Axmed, and the nightingale Magool, amongst so many others," Sohonie continues.

"Somali women are key to the Horn of Africa's present and future, and were clearly the protagonists of its past. Their confidence, passion, and sheer resilience in the face of stifling attitudes are an example of persistent, empowered feminism we don't often see, but it's been there and it's here to stay."

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Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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