We are very fortunate to have received a unique historical recording, the LP Somalia Sings Songs of the New Era (Radio Mogadishu SBSLP-100) issued in 1972 in the first flush of Somalia’s “Scientific Socialist Revolution”. We are grateful for Abdijabar Mohammed sending us this rare gem! The artists that you will here in the following were all members of Waaberi, the house-band of the Ministry of Information and National Guidance.

  • Soomalida Manta - Waaberi Artists

These are the first words of the song: ‘A Revolution dawned in Somalia today – October 21st – and is taking gigantic strides toward progress every year, every day, every hour and every wink.’ This song, composed by the talented composer Mohamoud Abdillahi Sangub, marks the international cause of the Revolution in Somalia as can be observed in the first few words. It also emphasizes Somalia’s call for equality for the whole of mankind without arrogance and domination by some over others, for the elimination of colonialism; for international effort toward such elimination and for the execution of the human principles asserting the right of self-determination of various peoples in every part of the world.

  • Aynaanka Hay - Abdi Muhumud Amin & Waaberi Artists

This song is one of the highly valued and widely spread songs of the New Era composed by the nationalist artist, Abdi Muhumud and sung by himself with the help of the Waaberi chorus.  This widely admired song which met international recognition of many artists from friendly countries is dedicated to the beloved leader and Father of the Nation, Jaalle Maj. Mohamed Siad Barre. Its main theme goes: ‘The right path you have shown us; Our beloved leader march on; Our triumphant cause be its maintainer; Towards ultimate victory lead us ever.

  • Gobanimo - Mohamed Suleiman & Hibo Mohamed

The composer of this number, Hussein Aw Farah, is one of the outstanding Revolutionary and patriotic songs composers in the Somali Democratic Republic. In this song he points out the reason why the Armed Forces, with the overwhelming support of the Somali people, took over the power from the corrupt civilian regimes who misruled the country for nine years. He explains that our sovereignty was in danger of total collapse, but the Armed Forces are now ready to defend it at the cost of their lives.

  • Ha Iilan - Ahmed Ali Egal & Waaberi Artists

This is one of the numerous Revolutionary songs aimed at encouraging the Father of the Nation, Jaalle Maj. General Mohamed Siad Barre, to hold high the banner of the blessed Revolution and to fight against colonialism and all its traces. The composer Abdi M. Amin, who has been honoured for his Revolutionary thoughts, again puts more emphasis in his words which goes: “Forward ever, Backward Never!

  • Midab Gumeysi Diida - Waaberi Artists with Abdi Ali Baalwan & Daleis

This song was composed by Mohamoud Abdillahi Singub & sung by Waaberi Artists with Abdi Ali Baalwan & Daleis in the leading role. the composer calls the African leaders to be united against the evils of colonialism, imperialism and Apartheid. The first words of this song point out why colonialism finds its way in Africa. ‘Without strong bulwark, Ian Smith would have not dared to snatch off Rhodesia, nor Portugal tried to stay in Angola and Mozambique and to perpetuate genocide against African people, not the memory of the invisible knives to kill the freedom of Guinea in the dark faded away yet. We are also aware of the plight of Africans in South Africa.

I hope you enjoyed the above and we would appreciate any comments about the above recordings.