Album of the Week: Dur-Dur Band

Dur-Dur band were the hottest sound in Mogadishu in the 1980s

To listen click: WORLD Dur-Dur band Somalia (Analog Africa)

September 14, 2018 (London Evening Standard) – HERE’s a pretty extraordinary Somalian disc from Analog Africa. Dur-Dur band were the hottest sound in Mogadishu in the 1980s, which was a vibrant musical hub before the civil war of the 1990s.

These are the band’s first two albums, plus two unreleased tracks, assembled on two CDs or three LPs. The sound will appeal to lovers of Ethiopian music with sax-heavy horn sections and funky electric organ. The band had three vocalists, the female singer Sahra Dawo, and two male vocalists, Shimaali and Baastow (nicknamed after pasta due to the spaghetti-like shape of his body).

So often with these crate-digging projects, the bands have long disappeared, but remarkably the Dur-Dur band are at Redon, E2, tomorrow night.

By Simon Broughton

 

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