1998: Real World CAR 2370-2
This album is such an exemplar of how rich a product can be brought forth when a culture without a history of slick music production crosses paths with one that does. Not that Somali music production is necessarily bad, but it does strike me as having a certain lack of sonic depth and musical story arcs.
For me the albums standout tracks are Kufilaw and Hamar, the former having a strong, striding groove and the latter being an epic journey, largely instrumental and often intensely arresting.
Also, I love the extended photo of Mursal which unfolds in the CD bookletall the more striking thanks to its excellent cropping and presentation.
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