Somalia's Golden Age of Music

 Such an interesting video shared By Okay Africa on Somalia's most vibrant time for music in the 1970s...

I've been myself to Somalia twice, to Hargeisa and Berbera in Somaliland, a self-proclaimed independent region in the north of the country, 2011 and to Mogadishu, the capital, in 2012.

And it is not a country you can forget! It was moving towards more peace at the time, but since 2016, conflicts have been on the rise again.

But culturally, Somalia always remained vibrant and divers and very appealing. Music has been a means of expression throughout its different diaspora in North America and in Europe.

I really hope to go again someday, I had so many projects inspired by Somalia and Somali people.

All the best to this unique country.

How the 70s Became Somalia's Golden Age of Music

Published on 28 Nov 2017

In this explainer, learn what political, social, and cultural forces forged Somalia's golden age of music, what caused its demise, and why a new golden age is happening right now.

Motion Graphics: Peter Blanco
Script: Vik Sohonie

If you have been following this blog since 201,1 when I created it, you must have seen posts about Somalia!

Here are a few reminders: 

About a very interesting book, Getting Somalia Wrong, by BBC reporter Mary Harper:

About the political situation in Somalia in 2010/12:


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