Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes From The Horn Of Africa

Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes From The Horn Of Africa

ARTIST: various artists TITLE: Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes From The Horn Of Africa LABEL: Ostinato Like most African nations, Somalia had a cultural golden age after it gained independence, which was in 1960. The musical fruits of this era have literally been underground: Radio Hargeisa’s tapes were cleverly buried before that city was leveled by air strikes in the 1988 civil war. The Redsea Cultural Foundation owns the largest collection of recovered…

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The Bombay Royale | Run Kitty Run

The Bombay Royale | Run Kitty Run

ARTIST: The Bombay Royale TITLE: Run Kitty Run LABEL: HopeStreet The Bombay Royale is an 11-piece band led by saxophonist Andy (The Skipper) Williamson and fronted by two Indian-Australian singers, Parvyn Kaur Singh (aka The Mysterious Lady) and Shourov (The Tiger) Bhattacharya. (Yes, all 11 of them have nicknames – trombonist Ros Jones is The Kungfu Dentist.) They’re inspired in equal parts by Bollywood and spaghetti westerns – if you can imagine A.R. Rahman and…

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