31st January 2017

Dur-Dur Band – Dooyo
Language – Somali

I love foreign-language (which means non-English to me) music. I have previously mentioned how searching through boxes of battered 7″ vinyl at a flea market, or tracking down out-of-the-way record shops (oh, Istanbul!), is a kind of holiday heaven for me (along with visiting galleries – always the art!). When it comes to music, there are people who have made an art-form out of tracking down the obscure, the joyous, the rare – the music that you don’t just ‘find’ in an average day trawling around a new city.

Thankfully, these people also enjoy sharing. I have music websites I return to, because I know that the tunes on offer will all be quality. Today’s track is from the most excellent Awesome Tapes From Africa (I follow them on Facebook), and it’s just fantastic. I have had to stop dancing so I can type (harrumph – someone really needs to invent a machine for that!), and I just know you will love this song too. These guys are well-informed, not just about the music but also the historical and political context in which the music was made. So, this is educational as well as awesome! I strongly suggest checking out what they do – details below. 

Twitter: @awesometapes

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/awesometapesfromafrica/

Web: http://www.awesometapes.com/

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