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'Sweet as Broken Dates' compilation reveals the golden age of Somali pop

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The compilation 'Sweet as Broken Dates', released August 2017 on Ostinato Records
The compilation 'Sweet as Broken Dates', released August 2017 on Ostinato Records Ostinato Records

It's hard to imagine in war-torn Somalia, but in the 1970s and 80s the east African country had a vibrant pop music culture with bars and clubs flourishing in Mogadishu and Hargeisa. That golden age of "swinging Somalia" has been captured on the compilation Sweet as Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes from the Horn of Africa. Vik Sohonie from New-York based Ostinato Records talks to RFI about uncovering the treasure chest. 

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