Somali Night Fever: the little-known story of Somalia’s disco era

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Tuesday March 5, 2019 (RBB NEWS) –In the 1970s and 80s Mogadishu’s airwaves were filled with Somali funk, disco, soul and reggae.
Musicians rocking afros and bell-bottom trousers would perform at the city’s trendiest nightclubs during the height of the country’s golden era of music. But it was short-lived: a brutal civil war began, musicians fled to all corners of the world and the vibrant music scene came to an end.

Habib and Abdulkadir, two former band mates and best friends, lost touch after the war started, and neither knew if the other was alive. But both kept playing music.

Somali Night Fever tells the story of the people keeping Somali music alive, including these two friends, separated by war but united by the music of the golden era.