Today’s classic tune comes from Somali artist Magool.
According to the Youtube description, this video is titled ‘Anna waxaan run & been’. Digging the beats to this song, as well as Magool’s beaded braids, just wish the video was better quality.
I believe she’s known popularly as ‘Magool’ but was born Halima Khaliif Omar in the city of Dhusa Mareb, the capital of the Galgaduud region in central Somalia. in 1948, and passed away in Amsterdamn in 2004. She began her singing career in 1959 after joining a Mogadishu-based band and by the 1960s had gained a significant amount of popularity in her home country.
In the 1970s, whilst Somalia was at war with Ethiopia over the Ogaden, she sang patriotic Somali songs, but by the end of the decade, she began using her music to criticize the ruling military government in Somalia at the time. Magool then left the country on a self-imposed exile which lasted until 1987. To mark her return back to Mogadishu, a concert titled “Mogadishu and Magool” was held and is, to date, the most successful concert in Somali history.