Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes from the Horn of Africa by Various

Archivists and archive-trawlers alike do wonderful work all the time, but the history of this release is really something else. In 1988, the tapes containing fifty years of wonderful Somali music were smuggled out of Somalia and literally buried underground to protect them from the forthcoming civil war. They were only retrieved recently. Sweet As Broken Dates gives a glorious insight into the poetic and funky sounds of pre-war Somalia: very valuable listening. On Ostinato Records.

Vinyl Double LP £26.49 OST003LP

2LP on Ostinato Records. Includes bonus track.

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CD £18.49 OST003CD

CD on Ostinato Records with O-Card slipcase/digipack + 36-page booklet.

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