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It’s really pretty hard to find cassettes of Somali music. But there are a few in a collection I absorbed from a friend a while ago. Go deep with this live recording of Salaad Darbi in full band virtuosity and you will go away feeling happy. I don’t have any info about this artist or recording right now. All I know about this tape is that the saxophones, strings, guitars, accordion and kaban (Somali oud) collide in a highly pleasing way. This is a really special and rare tape.
And since I am a lifelong Deadhead I love live tapes.
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This was the only useful link when I searched for Somali accordion. There is something about half way through Side A, 15:45, love the sax mix. Might it be a harmonium pump-organ like as is common in South Asian music? Hard to tell by ear. I may have seen photos of one of those while searching around.
.. this is fantastic stuff, truly superb – I’m new to this website, but if the stuff is half as good as this..
hi, how are you, im santiago and i from colombia,I have 5 Somali music cassettes ,I would send them to share
I scanned the tapes on my computer, is achieved with a friend who is Somalia
Hey Santiago. Do you have those tapes posted anywhere online? I would love to hear them!
I don’t know about anyone else, but I’d love to hear your Somali music cassettes, santiago.
This. This is really a magnificent live set! And I really can’t express how grateful I am to explore this digital cassette boutique.. keep uploading these Somali musics (along w/ everything else)!!
Cool stuff, a real treasure trove of lofi tapes.
this is mohammed hassan tubec a somali artist
no it is salaad darbi the voice is his and the songs like beeni raad ma leh that is a song that he became popular with