Dur-Dur Band – Dur Dur of Somalia Vols 1 and 2

Album Review | Analog Africa | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 4/5

Analog Africa continue in their endeavour to introduce new audiences to the authentic sounds of Africa, bringing to our attention what could possibly be described as the musical treasures of the continent, with the reissue of the first two volumes of the Dur-Dur Band of Somalia’s back catalogue. Originally released in the mid to late 1980s, the album is presented as both a triple LP set and a two-disc CD, the two volumes augmented by a handful of additional tracks including a couple of previously unreleased items, “Salkudhigey” and “Haddi Anan Gacaloy”, two lengthy numbers of note. It should perhaps be pointed out that Analog Africa founder Samy Ben Redjeb went through an unusual set of procedures in order to obtain the material here, allegedly having an armed escort accompany him during his visit to Somalia’s capital Mogadishu. A little scary granted, but the rewards are abundant. With Redjeb referring to the music as “some of the deepest funk ever recorded”, the young band’s enthusiastic take on Muqdisho Funk, Disco, Soul and Reggae is very much evident on these 18 tracks, the initial release in an intended three-part series, although I could take issue with the producer of Saafiyeey Makaa Saraayeey, which had me checking the disc for fault more than once.