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Far Flung with Saleem Reshamwala

The secret Somali mixtapes


It’s 1988, and Somalians are fleeing the city of Hargeisa. People are trying to get out, trying to save their families and sometimes their things. But in the city’s radio station, staff are packing cassettes and reel to reel recordings into a secret underground bunker. What's on them? A slice of the country’s musical heritage, to remain for years in an underground room—until now.

Listen to songs from the episode on this special playlist on Spotify: https://tedtalks.social/3yct0Mj