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Tough Music in Tough Places

A story series about people who risk their lives for music and who wield music as a weapon of peace in war zones and totalitarian regimes around the world. The series follows journalist and producer Daniel Gerstle’s journey to document and help produce Somalia’s first hiphop concert tour featuring the threatened group Waayaha Cusub. It will be the world’s first “stealth” concert tour and Mogadishu’s first professional concert in two decades. For all the gory details of music, venues, and hijinx on the road in Somalia, Kenya, and other parts of the world, follow here on Matador, and on Facebook.

[Photo credit: David Gill]

Series Articles

Hip-hop against violence brightens Nairobi

6 tips for safe moshing in dangerous places

Acrassicauda, Iraq’s “shrapnel thrash” outfit, invades America

Let’s turn Mogadishu upside down

Risking everything for music and peace in Somalia

How to rock a war zone

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