Super Somali Sounds from the Gulf of Tadjoura
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This record contains numerous secrets and stories from East Africa. In 2019, Ostinato Records became the first label to get access to the Djibouti Radio and Television (RTD) archives, a priceless treasure for the radio station, which now holds the first recordings by the 40-member Somali band, 4 Mars. The group’s history also reflects the world’s most dynamic commercial crossroads halfway between Africa, Asia and the Mediterranean – the Gulf of Tadjourah. Here, Turkish synthesizers, Jamaican reggae, American brass instruments, Bollywood voices, Egyptian and Yemeni rhythms, and even Chinese and Mongolian flutes converge. All of these elements have come together in this small corner of East Africa to create Somali music at its most insolent, spiritual and syncretic.