Feynuustii Fanka: Some of the Greatest Songs from the Lantern of Somali Music

Faadumo Qaasim Hilowle: Feynuustii Fanka

Faadumo Qaasim Hilowle AUN is one of the most renown Somali songs, her songs 'Ceelka Soo Jiid' and 'Waan Ku Arwaaxsanayee' are staples in Somali weddings and tracks such 'Qays iyo Leyla'  and ' Waan Ka Helaa' were the soundtrack of 70s Mogadishu, we also see her tackle important topics, her song Dalkeygow is a riveting account of civil war happenings in the  90s its lyrics having members of the audience in tears and even some of the backing singers had take a break as they were so choked up.

Born in the late 40s Faadumo Qaasim Hilowle starting singing at the age of 7, her father was Qaasim Hilowle, a singer and poet, he often translated Italian songs into Somali. Her own career is massive, she's sung with Radio Mogadishu, Libaaxyada Maaweeliska Banaadir, Shareero, Isbahaysiga Fanaaniinta Banaadir, Waaberi, Somali Jazz, DurDur etc. She's sung in Somali, Arabic, Oromo, Chinese, Italian and more. She's als…

Secret Marriages And a Funny Turn of Events

La Guursaday Maxi Loo Galbin Waayey?


In the late sixties , Aweys Geedow Diinle a poet and playwright would author the play 'Talo Xumo Tol Ma Badiyo' the second play to be staged in the newly Chinese built national theatre 'Golaha Murtida iyo Madadaalada', it would take Xamar by storm. The play was written in an attempt to revitalise the banaadiri arts and the troupe that put it on, 'Fanaaniinta Banaadir / Kooxda Aweys Geedow' was created for that specific task. This play was heralded, its magical use of traditional melodies interlaced with the synth that was newly introduced to Somalia brought about a magical sound with songs such as 'Ceelka Soo Jiid' still sung and blared out in weddings half a century later. 
The play and the next one produced by the troupe called 'Dhagarow Lagu Arag' were also the starting point of many famous Banaadiri artists and was how they got their name out in the art world. 
The music played in these plays were…

Love, The greatest of pleasures, The worst of torments

I was going through my tapes and I found the sound track to beautiful play called' Cadaabtii Caanshaqa and I instantly fell in love with the music, I will never waver in the belief that, music wise, Somalis from the south of the country are strongest.

Cadaabtii Caanshaqa, or The Torment of Love was a play Written by Dr. Raafi, both a singer and one of the greatest Banaadiri Playwrights, a member of Isbahaysiga Fanaaniinta Banaadir or The Union of Banaadiri Artists his plays included:                          
Asraartii JaceylkaDegenaanta Maxaa kuu diidayImtixaanka Aduunka
The play was backed by Iftin who, in my very biased opinion, were the best Somali band ever.
This was also turned into a film and is still around today
Side A
The first song on Side A is sung by Zulfa and is called 'Darbi Ka Booday' and it finishes at 6:35
The second song literally has me dancing and is much more upbeat, picking up from the slow melody in the song before, It's called Xeebtan Xarinkii La Soo…

The origins of Dhaanto: A style of Poetry and Dance

Dhaanto is one of the most popular Somali dances if not the most popular. It has gone through so much with its origins in the oldest Somali dance and its sibling being the first Somali song , the Belwo, its history is not only interesting but also very important when it comes to Somali music and poetry.  In this post I will be looking at its origins and where it came from.


Wiglo is the oldest dance that originated in Somalia.   Axmed Xaange holds that it was only a poetic form and originated on boats off the coast of Somalia and was used by fishermen as way to pass the time.  While Cabdulaahi Caqiib and Xaaji BaalBaal maintain that it originated in Laamo and was known originally as Jiib they also hold that it was both a dance form and poetic form. It is the latter opinion that I believe is true.

To keep it simple Wiglo was generally recited in 2 couplets.   The first couplet would have 10 short syllables and 5 long syllables and the second would have 9 short and 3 long syllables.