The Sounds of Music

Can you imagine a world without music? In Mogadishu music has been banned. People who have not been displaced were left in a world without music. Broadcasters from the 16 area stations could not imagine a world without music. As a solution they are mocking music with the sounds that they hear every day . . . gunfire, croaking frogs, and crowing cockerels. Very creative, very ironic!

Music was banned by Hibul Islam and Al-Shabab Islamist groups, two groups that have been in conflict with the government for many years. Most of the radio stations are complying with the ban. Radio Mogadishu, a government owned station is still playing music.

One civilian’s reaction . . .

“This morning, when I turned on the radio, the first thing I heard was the sound of gunfire and I was not sure what was happening until a reporter explained what they were doing. I laughed so hard. I actually have some friends who are enjoying the new tunes.”

No one is sure how long the ban or the response to the ban will last. One broadcaster said, “They may decide to ban these sounds also.”

2 Responses to “The Sounds of Music”

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