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In pictures: Music returns to Mogadishu
Last week, Somalia's capital held its first music festival in decades.
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Mogadishu, Somalia - Mogadishu has come to symbolise the epitome of the war-torn city. The Somali capital was engulfed by civil war in 1991 when President Siad Barre's regime collapsed, leading to open conflict between competing warlords. US forces intervened in 1993, culminating in the Battle of Mogadishu, in which 18 Americans and hundreds of Somali militiamen and civilians lost their lives.

Last week, amid secrecy and last-minute preparation, 18 entertainers waged a war of a very different kind, as international artists from seven countries performed in Somalia's first formal music event in more than 25 years.

The city once had a thriving music scene, with Somali jazz filling the night air in the 1960s and '70s. But the hard-line al-Shabaab group outlawed music in 2009, and despite their ouster by African Union forces in 2011, the hangover from al-Shabaab's rule has remained.

International acts from the US to Sudan supported Waayaha Cusub, a Somali hip-hop collective who formed while in exile in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. They had never before played a concert in Mogadishu. Shiine Ali, who founded the group, has spoken out strongly against al-Shabaab, which made him a target in 2007 when gunmen shot him five times and left him for dead.

Since then, his lyrics have continued to encourage Somalis to turn their back on al-Shabaab. He believes these concerts represent a major milestone in Mogadishu's return to normality.


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Festival-goers revelled in the opportunity to see acts such as Waayaha Cusub to dance and let down their hair - literally. The organisers hope that it will usher in a new era in the city's turbulent history.


Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
Somali band Waayaha Cusub headlined a series of concerts as part of the Mogadishu Music Festival, the first event of its kind in more than 25 years, and the first time the anti-al-Shabaab group have performed in their home city.


Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
Mogadishu has been torn apart by more than two decades of civil war. The Aruba Hotel used to host a bustling night-club, but the building now remains a ghostly shell after years of bombardment.


Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
Artists from seven countries, from the United States to the Philippines, flew into the Somali capital to perform as part of the festival aimed at promoting peace.


Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
The city formed a unique backdrop for music videos and photo-shoots: vibrant young performers such as Sudanese singer Alsarah juxtaposed against the city pockmarked by bullet holes and shell scars.


Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
The city lacks the proper infrastructure for music performances. Above, Kenyan band Afro Simba rehearse in a conference room at a hotel that is emerging in the post-conflict climate of investment and development.


Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
Security for the concerts was a major concern, as the festival provided an ideal target for al-Shabaab. Details and dates of the concerts were released to the public only hours before the acts took to the stage.


Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
Once the music started, any fears the artists had were forgotten, and artists who did not know each other prior to the festival collaborated on mixed performances.


Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
Bill Brookman, an artistic consultant hired by the United Nations who partially funded the festival, brought fire-eating to hundreds of Somalis who had never witnessed such a thing.


Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
For many present, this was the first time that they had seen live music performed in their city. "I've never seen this before," said Abdullahi, a 13-year-old resident of Mogadishu. "It makes me want to dance."


Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
Despite the threat that lay outside the event's gates, security guards could not help but soak up the atmosphere at this historic festival.



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Festival-goers revelled in the opportunity to see acts like Waayaha Cusub to dance and let down their hair - literally. The organisers hope that it will usher in a new era in the city's turbulent history.

Sun, 07 Apr 2013 13:13:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Mogadishu-music-festival?image_id=09H7082cIUfFHPhil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Festival-goers revelled in the opportunity to see acts like Waayaha Cusub to dance and let down their hair - literally. The organisers hope that it will usher in a new era in the city's turbulent history.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Mogadishu-music-festival?image_id=041U4kW3s2cvw

Somali band Waayaha Cusub headlined a series of concerts as part of the Mogadishu Music Festival, the first event of its kind in over 25 years, and the first time the anti-al-Shabaab group have performed in their home city.

Sun, 07 Apr 2013 13:13:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Mogadishu-music-festival?image_id=041U4kW3s2cvwPhil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Somali band Waayaha Cusub headlined a series of concerts as part of the Mogadishu Music Festival, the first event of its kind in over 25 years, and the first time the anti-al-Shabaab group have performed in their home city.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Mogadishu-music-festival?image_id=07dj3GG2rGbnQ

Mogadishu has been torn apart by more than two decades of civil war. The Aruba Hotel used to host a bustling night-club, but the building now remains a ghostly shell after years of bombardments.

Sun, 07 Apr 2013 13:13:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Mogadishu-music-festival?image_id=07dj3GG2rGbnQPhil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Mogadishu has been torn apart by more than two decades of civil war. The Aruba Hotel used to host a bustling night-club, but the building now remains a ghostly shell after years of bombardments.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Mogadishu-music-festival?image_id=04Mj3Qca6DgKj

Artists from seven countries, from the United States to the Philippines, flew into the Somali capital to perform as part of the festival aimed at promoting peace.

Sun, 07 Apr 2013 13:14:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Mogadishu-music-festival?image_id=04Mj3Qca6DgKjPhil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Artists from seven countries, from the United States to the Philippines, flew into the Somali capital to perform as part of the festival aimed at promoting peace.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Mogadishu-music-festival?image_id=0fhN7U3dXv5AB

The city formed a unique backdrop for music videos and photo-shoots: vibrant young performers such as Sudanese singer Alsarah juxtaposed against the city pockmarked by bullet holes and shell scars.

Sun, 07 Apr 2013 13:14:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Mogadishu-music-festival?image_id=0fhN7U3dXv5ABPhil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

The city formed a unique backdrop for music videos and photo-shoots: vibrant young performers such as Sudanese singer Alsarah juxtaposed against the city pockmarked by bullet holes and shell scars.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Mogadishu-music-festival?image_id=0gOG7Ukct92PX

The city lacks the proper infrastructure for music performances. Above, Kenyan band Afro Simba rehearse in a conference room at a hotel that is emerging in the post-conflict climate of investment and development.

Sun, 07 Apr 2013 13:14:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Mogadishu-music-festival?image_id=0gOG7Ukct92PXPhil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

The city lacks the proper infrastructure for music performances. Above, Kenyan band Afro Simba rehearse in a conference room at a hotel that is emerging in the post-conflict climate of investment and development.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Mogadishu-music-festival?image_id=077h50Cbnlgdm

Security for the concerts was a major concern, as the festival provided an ideal target for al-Shabaab. Details and dates of the concerts were released to the public only hours before the acts took to the stage.

Sun, 07 Apr 2013 13:14:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Mogadishu-music-festival?image_id=077h50CbnlgdmPhil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Security for the concerts was a major concern, as the festival provided an ideal target for al-Shabaab. Details and dates of the concerts were released to the public only hours before the acts took to the stage.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Mogadishu-music-festival?image_id=02xGeYU2O74PxOnce the music started, any fears the artists had were forgotten, and artists who did not know each other prior to the festival collaborated on mixed performances.Sun, 07 Apr 2013 13:14:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Mogadishu-music-festival?image_id=02xGeYU2O74PxPhil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesOnce the music started, any fears the artists had were forgotten, and artists who did not know each other prior to the festival collaborated on mixed performances. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Mogadishu-music-festival?image_id=0b3q7Q7e4RgWo

Bill Brookman, an artistic consultant hired by the United Nations who partially funded the festival, brought fire-eating to hundreds of Somalis who had never witnessed such a thing.

Sun, 07 Apr 2013 13:14:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Mogadishu-music-festival?image_id=0b3q7Q7e4RgWoPhil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Bill Brookman, an artistic consultant hired by the United Nations who partially funded the festival, brought fire-eating to hundreds of Somalis who had never witnessed such a thing.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Mogadishu-music-festival?image_id=02hZb4zapB2Q4

For many present, this was the first time that they had seen live music performed in their city. "I've never seen this before," said Abdullahi, a 13-year-old resident of Mogadishu. "It makes me want to dance."

Sun, 07 Apr 2013 13:15:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Mogadishu-music-festival?image_id=02hZb4zapB2Q4Phil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

For many present, this was the first time that they had seen live music performed in their city. "I've never seen this before," said Abdullahi, a 13-year-old resident of Mogadishu. "It makes me want to dance."

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Mogadishu-music-festival?image_id=0frzeyA8pCgPO

Despite the threat that lay outside the event's gates, security guards could not help but soak up the atmosphere at this historic festival.

Sun, 07 Apr 2013 13:15:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Mogadishu-music-festival?image_id=0frzeyA8pCgPOPhil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Despite the threat that lay outside the event's gates, security guards could not help but soak up the atmosphere at this historic festival.



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