8 pm Dur-Dur Band International | Concert, Auditorium
10 pm DJ /rupture (Jace Clayton) | DJ set, Hirschfeld Bar
A diverse music scene pulsated in the dance halls of Mogadishu, the port and capital of Somalia, in the 1970s and 1980s. Groups like the Dur-Dur Band blended influences from the regions surrounding the Indian Ocean with pre-colonial musical practices and American pop. But the civil war put an end to cultural life; most creatives fled into exile. Today, only the audiotapes from the radio archives in Mogadishu and Hargeysa – saved from the war years and the music ban – testify to this rich musical heritage. Compilations like the Grammy-nominated Sweet as Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes from the Horn of Africa exported the hits by the Dur-Dur Band and others from the archives to the world. The super group Dur-Dur Band International brings together the musicians now dispersed in the diaspora and some of the greatest voices of Somalia’s golden era to rekindle that spirit.
Whether as an artist, author or DJ, Jace Clayton is interested in the interaction of sound, memory and public space. In his sets as DJ /rupture, he interweaves Jamaican Dub and Japanese Noise, South London Jungle and electronic music from Cairo. Since his first digital mix Gold Teeth Thief went viral in 2001, Clayton has released several albums, hosted the weekly radio show Mudd Up!, developed music software based on North African quarter-tone scales called Sufi Plug-Ins and played more than three dozen countries from Zagreb to Osaka, from Dubai to São Paulo. Clayton’s DJ tours and curiosity for globally circulating, locally specified DIY and pop cultures form the basis of his critically acclaimed essay collection Uproot: Travels in 21st-Century Music and Digital Culture (2016).