Somali Night Fever: the little-known story of Somalia's disco era
March 5, 2019 12:34 PM   Subscribe

In the 1970s and 80s, Mogadishu's airwaves were filled with Somali funk, disco, soul and reggae, but after the brutal civil war began, musicians fled to all corners of the world, and the scene came to an end. This short Guardian video tells the story of some of the original musicians keeping Somali music alive today.
posted by carter (2 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
More like this please. ❤️
posted by nightrecordings at 3:06 PM on March 5, 2019 [1 favorite]

Somalia had a thriving music scene right before the civil war broke out.
Cambodia had a thriving music scene right before the Khmer Rouge took over.
The Weimar Republic had a thriving music scene right before the Nazis took over.

I'm seriously beginning to wonder if authoritarianism is caused when people get jealous when they see other people having fun.
posted by 1970s Antihero at 8:19 AM on March 6, 2019 [2 favorites]

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