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Groupe RTD: The Dancing Devils of Djibouti (DJI)

Vocal Electronic Fusion World/Folk Funk/Soul DKK 160 (80 kr. for studerende)

While the music of Somalia is widely celebrated, its neighbor, the Republic of Djibouti, formerly known as French Somaliland, is home to an equally deep reservoir of its own unique Somali music.

The small but culturally grand country on the mouth of Red Sea remains one of the few places in the world where music is still entirely the domain of the state. Since independence in 1977, one-party rule brought most music under its wing, with almost every band a national enterprise, integral to the state propaganda apparatus.

No foreign entities have been permitted to work with Djibouti’s rich roster of music — until now.

In 2016, Ostinato Records met with senior officials of Radiodiffusion-Télévision Djibouti (RTD), a.k.a. the national radio, to discuss a vision for lifting the shroud on Djiboutian music as the young country of less than a million people increasingly opens up to the world. Three years later, in 2019, Ostinato became the firs...

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Line up:
  • Mohamed Abdi Alto (Sax)
  • Asma Omar (Vocals)
  • Guessod Abdo Hamargod (Vocals)
  • Hassan Omar Houssein (Vocals)
  • Omar Farah Houssein (Drums)
  • Moussa Aden Ainan (Keys)
  • Abdirazak Hagi Sufi “Kaajaa” (Guitar)
  • Abdo Houssein Handeh (Bass)
  • Salem Mohamed Ahmed (Dumbek)

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