MEE: Breezin’ through Burnley: A Libyan artist’s love for the blues

Written by Aina Khan and published in Middle East Eye on Wednesday 4 April 2018


The Libyan city of Benghazi is perhaps the unlikeliest place to discover Motown's classic soul and funk music.

Yet it was there in the north African city as the dust was still settling from the September 1969 coup d'état - spearheaded by Muammar Gaddafi - where the late Libyan artist Hasan Dhaimish first discovered his life-long infatuation for music.

The then 14-year-old was on the rooftop of his home when he first tuned into his shortwave radio and the soulful music of Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye came floating out of his speakers.

It was in a language he did not understand at the time, but the influence of Motown, the record company that propelled African-American musicians into the US global spotlight against the backdrop of the civil rights movement, was undoubtedly universal. 

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