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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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