Tag Archives: African poetry

Hudeide: a monumental musician who uplifted Somali life

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Hudeide: a monumental musician who uplifted Somali life Al Eyad/Flickr Ahmed I Samatar, Macalester College There are many attributes that capture Somali identity, however none seem so deep and abiding as these two: constant hyper anxiety over scarce rainfall, and uncommon talent in poetic composition and artistic performance. The first underscores the ecological brittleness of the Sahel landscape; the latter …

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The poetic power of Idir, the artist who took Algerian music to the world

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Salvatore di Nolfiepa/EFE/EPA Hugo Hadji, SOAS, University of London The death of Algerian icon Idir has brought an important chapter of Algerian music to a close. Through his brilliant career, Idir modernised and promoted the richness of Kabyle melodies and poetry, popularised North African culture, and advocated for unity and tolerance both in Algeria and in France. Looking at Idir’s …

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