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Wall Street Journal Feature – ‘Sweet As Broken Dates’

Largely ignored by audiences outside its borders, the popular music of Somalia in the 1970s and ’80s was informed in part by culture-quaking politics: the establishment in 1969 of the Somali Democratic Republic led by President Mohamed Siad Barre and a socialist system that supported the arts but also promoted nationalism, curtailed freedoms, often violently, and led to a civil war during which the country disintegrated into a failed state. Somali musicians of that tumultuous era experienced both the ecstasy of liberation and the terror of war, chaos and brutality. ((Read More))