Diverse range of Music

Music is one of those factors in the world that is truly universal. True, each one of us has certain tastes and we tend to connect with a specific genres more than others, but I imagine most of us also appreciate a diverse range of music. I mainly listen to Somali music and hip-hop/R&B, and more so I still can’t let go of the good old days, also known as the 90s. As for Somali music, I am still stuck in my parents’ generation with artists like Magool (AUN) Omar Dhuule (AUN), Maandeeq, Khadro and Zaynab Cige to name a few being my soundtrack. I don’t know. Maybe it’s because I am getting older, but most of these young folks coming up just can’t compare. Yes, I am defiantly getting old. That must be it. Every generation says the same thing. Songs were like poetry sung in a beautiful voice. So deep and profound. These days, it’s hard to find the depth the old songs used to capture, but once in a while you get lucky and find a gem.

Although, certain music happens to dominate my taste, I have loved music from nearly every country and genre, most often in languages I don’t even understand.

What often happens to me is when I find a song I enjoy then I’ll play the heck out of it until I get sick of it. I guess I can have a young and hip side to me when it comes to music because several weeks ago it was the song “Juju” by Prince Zamani, who is a Nigerian hip-hop artist that I couldn’t stop playing. I love the beats of Nigerian songs and their accents. Listen to David ft Neato C “Back When”, to understand what I mean by accents. I just love accents. Says Naja, Naja big ups in her cool voice. So Nigerian music is my new found area of music at the moment.

As well, this hot song by Falis the lead singer from the group Waayaha Cusub (New Dawn). I think this song is perhaps my favorite Waayaha Cusub song, personally, though I do like their more important political and social messages.

Waayaha Cusub is a young Somali musical group based in Nairobi, Kenya. This group has been in the news for taking a stand against the terrorist organization “Alshabab” in Somalia.  Their music has a strong poltical message, and it’s certaintly not easy for taking a stand when your community is deeply divided and you run the risk of harm. Strong young people they are.

Here is a very brief news clip about the group.


Oh Whitney!

I join the rest of the world to pause and to pay tribute to Whitney. For the past several hours I’ve been playing Whitney non-stop and I am unable to sleep. Oh Whitney you are dearly missed. You know you are the greatest, you know no one can compare when you reach across continents, cultures, faiths, and generations. Besides Michael there is no other like Whitney. I remember watching the Bodyguard years ago as a child in the early 90s and listening to Whitney sing with my mother. And even though English was not our first language and music was not played in our home without protests from my parents only Whitney’s voice transcended the barriers of language, culture and religion. Only Whitney’s voice silenced the noises and made everyone sit back in awe to listen to such an amazing voice like no other.

I feel lucky to be part of a generation that grew up with Whitney’s voice. When one has experienced the magic of Whitney, the zenith of human talent it’s difficult to be impressed after that and I doubt I ever will be so I remain possessive of the music Whitney left behind. There is Whitney and there is everyone else.

As a Muslim I do not believe one life is more important, or more significant than another life. My faith encourages me to remember death often as it puts life into a perspective. We shall each be put in a hole in the ground and covered with dirt regardless of how we walked upon the earth. Truly the peasant and the king, the celebrated world icon and the nameless person on the street corner, the rich and the poor come from God and shall return to God equally. And that is what counts the most than world recognition.

So that we pause and pay tribute to Whitney is not to say her life is more important than the hundreds of thousands of people that die each day, including those dying right now in war, and oppression in Syria and other parts of the world. Nor does our remembrance do anything for Whitney after departing this world. It’s only that for many us Whitney was part of our experience and we feel a friend has passed on.

The world pauses tonight to remember Whitney and will do so for the coming days, months, years, and to those who truly loved Whitney till their own deaths. Tomorrow is the Grammy’s and as I type this post the Clive Davis party Whitney was supposed to attend is probably ending.

And as I watch the tributes to Whitney like I watched the tributes to Michael I say Aduunyo xalka ba’! Oh how fleeting and deceiving is the world! Death is ever creeping around the corner, sooner or later will knock out our souls and those we love. Death does not discriminate between rich or poor, powerful or weak, famous or unknown, young or old, healthy or unhealthy, it’s the one truth that is guaranteed for all. World fame, awards, riches, sooner or later the mansion raised up will be replaced by the home in the grave lowered onto the earth. I can’t think of a scene more humbling for life than that of death.

Tonight many remember Whitney, many have cried, but only a very few have their entire world collapsed upon them, so much so that they are unable to attend a party to sing or even to speak and are under the covers of a blanket crying their heart out. They are what matter. They are the true lovers.

For the rest of us life will go on. Aduunyo xalka ba’! Oh how fleeting and deceiving is the world!

Traditional andean music

Beautiful music i discovered tonight

This is one is an all time favorite of mine on Oud

Chris Medina – What Are Words

I must be late because I came across this song just now. I don’t follow American idol since the old days and have no idea who this kid is. I am saddened by the tragedy that has visited this young woman, full of life and now stuck in existance. The song sends a beautiful message, what are words if not backed up by action during the good times and bad times. I always believed you never know one’s true character until the test of life comes. A good man he is indeed for sticking by her and alhamdullah is all I can say. Be greatful, life is unpredictable.

My favorite new song: Xaawo Kiin Dhoof Jaceel

I just came across this song today and I have been unable to turn it off! It’s rare I like a new Somali song from the new young upcoming generation. But this is a gem! Such a lovely song. And she is just too cute! Now I know what people mean when they say one has a pleasant disposition.

Tan nah ku si dar! Oh yes

Somali Song’s are the best

In my obvious biased opinion, of course.

Do we Somali’s know how to sing about love, or do we know how to sing about love. I have the illusion of being in love when listening to these songs. And I wish I was gifted enough to translate these gems into English, because boy do we know love and describing love.

Seynab Cige, one of my favorite singers. Wayo Wayo, (Yes, Yes).


Xavier Naidoo oh my lady

I am feeling this song