Somali dance band Dur-Dur Band re-released their 80s album. (Google Images)

Members of the Somali 80’s dance band Dur-Dur Band, now living in Columbus, Ohio, recently agreed to an interview at a local radio station for broadcast on NPR’s All Things Considered. Abdinur Daljir and Sahra Daw explained, through an interpreter, the success of their music that juxtaposed Western funk and soul with Somali favorites.

NPR writes:

“In the beginning, we used to sing and dance with American music,” Dawo tells host Kelly McEvers. “And later on, we decided to shape our own music in such a way that it is comfortable enough for people to dance with it — for people to enjoy it.”

Read more and listen to musical selections and the entire interview at NPR Music.

This news brief was written by Kaitlin Higgins, editorial assistant for The Burton Wire.

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