Dur-Dur Band / Volume 5
Album: Volume 5   Collection:World
Artist:Dur-Dur Band   Added:May 2013
Label:Awesome Tapes From Africa  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2013-05-19 Pull Date: 2013-07-21 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Jul 14 Jun 30 Jun 23 Jun 16 Jun 9 Jun 2 May 26
Airplays: 2 2 1 4 2 3 1

Recent Airplay
1. May 22, 2014: Sunshine Aporeia
4. Jul 11, 2013: Home Free
2. Dec 13, 2013: Aporeia recap of crazy a.d. 2013
Amiina Awdaay
5. Jun 27, 2013: Pierre Menard's Summer Jamz 2k13
3. Jul 11, 2013: The Doldrummer
Amiina Awdaay
6. Jun 23, 2013: feral pop frenzy
Dooyo, Amiina Awdaay

Album Review
Diego Aguilar-Canabal
Reviewed 2013-05-19
Irresistibly catchy, groovetastic soul-funk from Somalia (!), sourced from an obscure cassette dating to the 80s, back when Mogadishu was stable enough to sustain a thriving music scene. This is relentlessly danceable, summery and lighthearted, from a “private” band that had the privilege to sing about quotidian themes like love, instead of being forced to sing political propaganda. There’s a certain Caribbean tenderness in the horns, while crooning vocals sound like the best Asian soul Sublime Frequencies could ever dig up, think Fela Kuti with a Calypso twang. This is freaking amazing. RIYL The Funkees, The Funk Ark, Funkadelic, Toots & the Maytals, James Brown, Awesome Tapes From Africa

1. (1:31) Sparse funky guitar, a beat, trippy echoed band introductions
2. (5:41)** cool happy bassline drives a summery anthem
3. (6:28) Seriously crucial 50s-style Ska guitar, steel drum-sounding keyboards, Headhunters bass groove, even I’m tempted to dance now
4. (4:44)* slick guitar, wry spy-theme horn lines, midpaced grooving to a somewhat melancholy feel
5. (4:52) squiggly, bluesy guitar licks in a steady groove, horns respond, vocals sound somewhat sadder than the joyous trumpets
6. (6:42)** minor-key guitar theme leads the horns through a maze, female vocals wail over some dark funk
7. (6:02) Happy horns! Simple grooving, crooning baritone vox, some scorching guitar solos toward the end!
8. (6:51) cool syncopated guitar lines, somewhat serious-sounding horn melodies, male and female vox trade off
9. (7:06)* Seriously DIRTY rhythm section groove, old-timey sound system shuffle
10. (3:55)*** sharp, driving funk with keen guitar leads and a rushed pace, bluesy syncopated perfection like the best of Parliament or James Brown, with vocals wailing from a minaret
11. (3:50)** Damn, more funk, just as sexy! Warbling female vox with shouting chorus, another fine tune for struttin’

Track Listing
1. Dur Dur Band Introduction   6. Garsore Waa Ilaah
2. Hayeelin   7. Aada Fududey Iga Ahow
3. Halelo   8. Tajir Waah Ilaah
4. Fagfagley   9. Dholey
5. Ilawad Cashaqa   10. Amiina Awdaay
  11. Dooyo