Dur-Dur Band – Dur-Dur of Somalia: Volume 1, Volume 2 (Analog Africa, 2018)
The Analog Africa label is well known for its remarkable collections of African recordings from across the African continent. This time, they focus on one of the greatest bands form 1980s Somalia: Dur-Dur Band.
Dur-Dur of Somalia: Volume 1, Volume 2 & Previously Unreleased Tracks contains alluring dance songs where Somali rhythms like banaadiri and dhaanto, were mixed with powerful funk, rock, disco, and reggae. The instrumentation includes great wah wah guitar, groovy electric organ and a powerful rhythm section along with highly charismatic singers.
Mogadishu-based Dur-Dur Band included band founder and keyboardist Isse Dahir, jazz-trained bassist Ujeeri, drummer Handal (Bakaka Band), Isse’s younger brothers Abukar Dahir Qassin on lead guitar, and Ahmed Dahir Qassin as permanent sound engineer. On their first two albums, Volume 1 and Volume 2, three different singers provided lead-vocal duties: Shimaali (Bakaka Band), Sahra Dawo (Waaberi Band) and Baastow (Waaberi Band).
The Analog Africa team located the music from various sources and the songs were remastered and housed is special packages: a double-CD and triple-LP with lengthy liner notes, including interviews with original band members.
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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.