‘Dur Dur Band’ is the name originally taken by the 80’s funk-disco-soul band from Mogadishu, Somalia, who later disbanded in the early 90s. Unable to continue playing in their city, Dur Dur Band broke up and scattered abroad. Their competition did too, and the cinemas, studios, hotels and theatres that once played host to their music closed, or were forced to.
In 2006, Mogadishu was briefly dominated by Islamic extremists who attempted to outlaw music. The place where this music was made is still listed on the map as though nothing changed, but it’s not the same city today as it was in 1987. The Dur Dur Band recordings are a superb glimpse of what was and what’s been lost.
Dur Dur Band International is the regrouping of some of the original Dur Dur Band founding members, including the legendary bass player Abdillahi Ujerry, with Mohamaed Karama, Qomal, Omar Teesiyow and the legendary Iftin Band musicians Saleh Hariri, Nabil, Ali Atore, Yusuf Nagi and Said Hussein from Waaberi National Band, with the phenomenal vocalist Fadumian Hilowle.
Join us at Band on the Wall as we celebrate this incredible group and get down to their repertoire of the best in Somali funk!
A standing show. On sale 10am 17th March.