Somalis dancing at the Unknown Soldier square in Mogadishu
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Traditional folk dancing breathes new life into Mogadishu

4 April 2014 Last updated at 12:33 BST

For many years life in the Somali capital Mogadishu was one of restrictions.

Music and dancing were banned under strict Sharia law imposed by the militant Islamist group al-Shabab.

They controlled the Somali capital from 2009 until they were driven out 3 years ago.

Now, people in Mogadishu are using one of the city's most famous squares for a weekly gathering which is breathing new life into their folk dance traditions.

Hadya Alalawi reports.

Video produced by BBC Arabic's Ali Hilani