Dhaanto: The Somali reggae
The Music of the Somali people is music following the musical styles, techniques and sounds of the Somali people. Somali people have a rich musical heritage centered on traditional Somali folklore. Somali songs are pentatonic. That is, they only use five pitches per octave in contrast to a heptatonic seven note scale such as the major scale. At first listen, Somali music might be mistaken for the sounds of nearby regions such as Ethiopia , Sudan or the Arabian peninsula , but it is ultimately recognizable by its own unique tunes and styles. Somali songs are usually the product of collaboration between lyricists lahamiste , songwriters abwaan , and vocalists odka or "voice".
The discovery of thousands of lost recordings from Somalia's golden era of music is a timely reminder of the country's remarkable hybrid sounds, writes BBC Somali's Yasmin Ahmed. But while recent Hollywood blockbusters Captain Philips and Black Hawk Down have depicted civil war and modern piracy in Somalia, people who lived in the capital, Mogadishu, in the early s will tell you a very different story. Whitewashed coral houses, cafes and restaurants with Moorish arches graced the streets of Mogadishu. Men sported afros and flared trousers, while women dressed in their colourful baatis a classic cotton dress and diracs loose-fitting dress with their heads uncovered. Evidence of centuries of cross-cultural trade and migrating nomadic tribes can be seen in the architecture, and this cultural influence also explains the remarkable hybrid sound of Somali music. Now Somalis around the world can relive these rich memories of Mogadishu through an archive of more than 10, tapes which music producer Vik Sohonie was given access to by the Red Sea Cultural Foundation in Hargeisa, capital of the self-declared republic of Somaliland. Funk, rock, jazz and Bollywood influences feature in the rich and varied recordings.
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