Dur-Dur Band

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Dur-Dur Band
OriginMogadishu, Somalia
GenresFunk, Soul, Disco
Years active1980s (1980s)–1990s (1990s)

Dur-Dur Band was a musical group from Mogadishu, Somalia. The band was formed in the 1980s and was one of the most well-known acts on the Mogadishu disco scene at the time.[1] The band later performed and recorded based in neighbouring Ethiopia.[2] Their unique sound encompasses funk and disco, with influences of soul.


Inspired by artists such as Michael Jackson, Bob Marley and Santana, Dur-Dur Band emerged during a time when Somalia’s distinctive contribution to the creative culture in the Horn of Africa was visible and abundant. Thousands of recordings made at the Somali National Theatre, Radio Mogadishu and other studios, were complemented by the nightclubs at Hotel Juba, Jazeera Hotel and Hotel al-Curuuba, creating a flourishing music scene.[3]

By 1987 Dur-Dur Band’s line-up featured singers Sahra Abukar Dawo, Abdinur Adan Daljir, Mohamed Ahmed Qomal and Abdukadir Mayow Buunis, backed by Abukar Dahir Qasim (guitar), Abdillahi Ujeeri (Bass Guitar) Yusuf Abdi Haji Aleevi (guitar), Ali Dhere (trumpet), Muse Mohamed Araci (saxophone), Abdul Dhegey (saxophone), Eise Dahir Qasim (keyboard), Mohamed Ali Mohamed (bass), Adan Mohamed Ali Handal (drums), Ooyaaye Eise and Ali Bisha (congas) and Mohamed Karma, Dahir Yaree and Murjaan Ramandan (backing vocals).

Dur Dur Band it’s the name originally taken by 80’s Muqdisho Funk, Disco, Soul Band that was later disbanded in the 90’s. Dur Dur Band International London based Branch is a revival Band paying homage to the Original Co-founded by Abdillahi Ujeeri with a repertoire of Funky Oldies and contemporary compilations of the best in Somali Funk.

  • Dur Dur also means spring in Somali. London Based 7 piece Somali Funk Band Dur Dur Band International as it’s known now is a rival Band currently the only Somali Live Music Band in the world revived by Mr Liban Noah on September 2011 led Muhammed Karama, Qomal, Hassan Ujeery, Omar Teesiyow, Ali Atore and Said Hussein. Dur Dur Band INTERNATIONAL now Led by Abdillahi Ujeery with Lead Singer Fadumina Hilowleh and including Mustafe TT, Jama Yare, Akila, Said Hussein, Saleh Hariari, Amara, Ali Attore, Mohamed Karama, Omar Teesiyow, Yusuf Naji Mohamed Sheriff and Mustaf karama are still performing around the world.

Dur Dur Band became famous mid-80s in Somalia with the lead singers such as; Sahra Dawo, AbdiNur Aden Daljir, Pastow, Eddi, Shimali, Qomal and other vocalists, and have taken by storm in Somali pop culture and were very popular in neighboring countries: Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya, until the civil war broke out in Somali 1991, and was later based to play in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Many of the Somali musicians had fled the country to seek sanctuaries outside Somali a mainly in East Africa and Europe and at the time many had been executed or killed by the religious factions for their love of music art and culture. Somalis are oral society and often express their feelings and anxieties through poems, singing, dancing music and drama story telling. Dur Dur Band International is the Legendary Somali Musicians Band and now based here in London UK. And are performs Festivals and Music venues around the world to Promote Somali Music, Art and Culture.

Dur-Dur Band disbanded in the early 1990s when the disintegrating political situation in Somalia led to members leaving the country and scattering abroad. The group recorded several albums[4] and managed to release almost a dozen recordings before emigrating to Ethiopia, Djibouti and America.[3] The founders of the band, married couple Abdinur Daljir and Sahra Dawo, now reside in Ohio, United States.[4][5]

In March 2013, the record label Awesome Tapes from Africa re-released their 1987 cassette release Volume 5 on LP, CD, and cassette formats.[5] The album received wide critical acclaim from music critics.[6][7]

In November 2014, Dur-Dur Band reunited for a single performance at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, following a week-long artist residency as part of the "Midnimo" Somali cultural program.[8]

Partial discography[edit]

  • 198? - Rafaad iyo Raaxo[9]
  • 1987 - Volume 5
  • 1992 - Africa


  1. ^ Tangari, Joe (2013). "Dur-Dur Band Vol. 5". Pitchfork.
  2. ^ Hijazi, Muhammad (June 1994). "Global Music Pulse - The Latest Music New From Around the Planet - Ethiopia". Billboard. 106 (26): 75. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Dur-Dur Band – "Garsore Waa Ilaah"". Retrieved 4 July 2014.
  4. ^ a b Greenstreet, Morgan. "Dur-Dur Band, Vol. 5- Awesome Tapes From Africa". Afropop. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
  5. ^ a b "A Funky-Fresh Sound From Somalia, With A Political History". NPR. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
  6. ^ Tangari, Joe. "Dur-Dur Band Vol. 5 - Album Review". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  7. ^ Weigel, Maxwell. "Dur-Dur Band: Volume 5". Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Dur-Dur Band with Black Market Brass and DJ Soft Abuse: Midnimo Residency Finale Concert". Archived from the original on March 25, 2016. Retrieved 8 Jun 2016.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  9. ^ "Rafaad iyo Raaxo". Youtube. Retrieved 4 July 2014.