4 Mars Super Somali Sounds from the Gulf of Tadjoura

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    • 4 Mars – Natesha (Compassion)
    • 4 Mars – Hobalayeey Nabadu! (Hello Peace!)
    • 4 Mars – Dhulka Hooyo (Motherland)
    • 4 Mars – Tamarta (Power)
    • 4 Mars – Daroor (The Rain Didn't Come)
    • 4 Mars – Bulsha Yahay Haddadau
    • 4 Mars – Baxsanow Ismaacil
    • 4 Mars – Lama Rabeen Karo (It Cannot Be Desired)
    • 4 Mars – Tilman Baa Lagu Socdaa (Follow the Rules)
    • 4 Mars – Inkaar Waalid (The Elders' Curse)
    • 4 Mars – Abaal (Gratitude)
    • 4 Mars – Gabadha Soo Galbiya (Song to escort newlyweds)
    • 4 Mars – Maalkii Runta Ahaa Anigaa Ka Rooree (I Turned Away a True Treasure)
    • 1. Natesha (Compassion)
    • 2. Hobalayeey Nabadu! (Hello Peace!)
    • 3. Dhulka Hooyo (Motherland)
    • 4. Tamarta (Power)
    • 5. Daroor (The Rain Didn't Come)
    • 6. Bulsha Yahay Haddadau
    • 7. Baxsanow Ismaacil
    • 8. Lama Rabeen Karo (It Cannot Be Desired)
    • 9. Tilman Baa Lagu Socdaa (Follow the Rules)
    • 10. Inkaar Waalid (The Elders' Curse)
    • 11. Abaal (Gratitude)
    • 12. Gabadha Soo Galbiya (Song to escort newlyweds)
    • 13. Maalkii Runta Ahaa Anigaa Ka Rooree (I Turned Away a True Treasure)

    Ostinato Records focus on the grand Archives of Radiodiffusion-Télévision de Djibouti (RTD), a vault of secrets and stories from East Africa. The first result in their 'Djibouti Archives' series is a seminal anthology of 4 Mars, a 40-member Somali supergroup behind one of the key tracks from their essential 'Sweet As Broken Dates' compilation.

    Turkish synths, Jamaican Reggae, American brass, Bollywood vocals, Egyptian and Yemeni rhythms, and Chinese and Mongolian flutes all rendezvous in a corner of East Africa that for centuries served as the world's most brisk trading hub, the midway point connecting Africa, Asia, and the Mediterranean; this is Somali music at its most sassy, soulful and synthesized best!

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