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'Au Revoir, Mogadishu': A 1970s-80s Somali Disco Mixtape

Caykh Recordings and Jakarta Records share a 45-minute Somali disco mixtape showcasing the "golden days of Somali music."


Berlin-based cassette label Caykh Recordings and Jakarta Records recently put together the striking Au Revoir, Mogadishu mixtape, a collection of pre-war songs from "the golden days of Somali music." The 45-minute Somali disco mix runs through a number of selections from the likes of Dur Dur Band, WaaberiQadiijo Qalanjo and several other acts.

"This Tape of 70s and 80s Somali sound is a rich blend of traditional Somali folk music infused with Western funk, rock and reggae and a touch of Indian, Arabic and African flavors," explains Caykh. "There are hardly any proper releases of this soulful sound of guitar, synthesizer and drums. I spent some months finding, compiling and editing rips of TV and live recordings on old VHS tapes and radio broadcasts to cassette tapes and here is what I got. Enjoy! With love from Mogadishu."

Stream Au Revoir, Mogadishu's A-Side in its entirety below and purchase the 2-sided cassette tape from Caykh Recordings. The recording is available for purchase here in the US.

Au Revoir, Mogadishu A-Side Track List

01 Libaaxyada Maaweeliska Banaadir - Naga Tag, Kac Hooyaa

02 Waaberi - ? (edit)

03 Kooxda Halgan - badbaado guri hooyo

04 Qadiijo Qalanjo - Diriyam Oo Hoo Diriyam

05 Waaberi Hargeysa - Soo dhowoow

06 Wabari Xishood & Jaceyl - ? (edit)

07 Iftin - Wanaagaaga

08 Waaberi - ? (edit)

09 Qadiijo Qalanjo - Dhesessha

10 Dur-Dur Band - Ethiopian Girl

11 Iftin - Axdigii Waad Oofin Weyde

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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