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The Dancing Devils of Djibouti (827565062799)

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The Dancing Devils of Djibouti

Groupe RTD

Ostinato Records


LPS 167252




LP 24,78 €


This record claims to be the first ever international release to come from Djibouti, a secret hotbed of musical goodness in East Africa.

The country is a small and often overlooked land but once you dig deep you'll find a culture brimming with vitality despite the fact almost every band in the land is a national enterprise.

In 2016, that changed when Ostinato Records met with senior officials of Radiodiffusion-Television Djibouti to discuss a lifting of the rules and three years later they were granted access to the archives and have put together this record, helmed by sax maestro Mohamed Abdi Alto and stuffed with essential afro styled funk and soul.


  • SIDE A
  • A1. Buuraha U Dheer (The Highest Mountains)
  • A2. Raga Kaan Ka'Eegtow (You Are The One I Love)
  • SIDE B
  • B1. Kuusha Caarey (The Pearl Necklace)
  • B2. Raani (Queen)
  • B3. Alto's Interlude
  • SIDE C
  • C1. Uurkan Kaadonaya (I Want You)
  • C2. Halkaasad Dhigi Magtiisa (That's Where You'll Leave His Reward)
  • SIDE D
  • D1. Iiso Daymo (Look At Me)
  • D2. Suuban (Joy)
  • D3. Wiil Wille (The Jumping Man)