Salaad Darbi

Salaad Darbi

It’s really pretty hard to find cassettes of Somali music. But there are a few in a collection I absorbed from a friend a while ago. Go deep with this live recording of Salaad Darbi in full band virtuosity and you will go away feeling happy. I don’t have any info about this artist or recording right now. All I know about this tape is that the saxophones, strings, guitars, accordion and kaban (Somali oud) collide in a highly pleasing way. This is a really special and rare tape.

And since I am a lifelong Deadhead I love live tapes.


Side A


Side B


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March 12, 2015 at 8:48 pm

This was the only useful link when I searched for Somali accordion. There is something about half way through Side A, 15:45, love the sax mix. Might it be a harmonium pump-organ like as is common in South Asian music? Hard to tell by ear. I may have seen photos of one of those while searching around.

June 13, 2015 at 5:07 pm

.. this is fantastic stuff, truly superb – I’m new to this website, but if the stuff is half as good as this..

Thank you!

January 7, 2016 at 1:47 pm

hi, how are you, im santiago and i from colombia,I have 5 Somali music cassettes ,I would send them to share
I scanned the tapes on my computer, is achieved with a friend who is Somalia

November 2, 2016 at 2:38 pm
– In reply to: santiago

Hey Santiago. Do you have those tapes posted anywhere online? I would love to hear them!

January 21, 2016 at 1:36 pm

I don’t know about anyone else, but I’d love to hear your Somali music cassettes, santiago.

January 23, 2016 at 4:36 pm

This. This is really a magnificent live set! And I really can’t express how grateful I am to explore this digital cassette boutique.. keep uploading these Somali musics (along w/ everything else)!!

March 3, 2016 at 6:38 pm

Cool stuff, a real treasure trove of lofi tapes.

June 5, 2016 at 7:44 am

this is mohammed hassan tubec a somali artist

September 11, 2017 at 2:25 am
– In reply to: abdirizack

no it is salaad darbi the voice is his and the songs like beeni raad ma leh that is a song that he became popular with

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