Singing for Somaliland – Sahra Halgan uses her voice to appeal to the international community for Somaliland recognition

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Sarha Halgan defied social norms aged 13 when she started singing in public in the Somaliland capital Hargeisa. She’s gone on to become the only Somalilander to have an international career, using her voice to appeal to the international community to acknowledge her country and its four million people.

Somaliland is a small self-proclaimed state on the southern part of the Gulf of Eden. It broke away from Somalia in 1991 after years of bloody civil war but has never been recognised.

During the conflict Halgan took an active role in the SNA resistance movement, tending to the wounded, and when the pain-killers ran out soothing them to sleep with her beautiful renditions of traditional nomadic songs.

After Somaliland declared its independence, and yet fighting continued, she found asylum in France and stayed here 20 years, working with many French and foreign musicians.

In 2013 she decided it was time to go home and returned to the capital Hargeisa to help rebuild her country and open a cultural centre, Hiddow-Dhowr, to showcase struggling Somalilander artists.

Her second album Faransiskiyo Somaliland (Franco-Somaliland), recorded with French musicians Maël Saletes (guitar) and Aymeric Krol (drums) tells the very personal story of a woman who, as her name Halgan (“the fighter”) attests, has never stopped battling for what she believes in.

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Source: http://www.english.rfi.fr

 

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  1. haaa qofkasta oo muwadin ah aya loga bahan yahay in uu kashaqeyo goni isu taaga somaliland fankuna waashaqo ee adu hurdada ka kac

  2. Mashaalah sahro halgan waa fanaanad qaran marka muwaadinkastoo soomalilander ah xaq buu uleeyahay inuu dalkiisa wanaaga uhorseedo
    Marka halayaabina waa waajib qaran oo saaran muwaadinkastoo
    Kasoo jeeda sllnd

  3. Caalamkaba fanka lagu xoreyaye maxaa dhacay se halku kaga maqanyahay ? SNM halgankeedi qayb wayn buu ka qaatay FANKU dee adigu maad jirine tariikh dib u raac

  4. Somali land means wadanka somalia mgc kle hala baxan hade goni isu taag rabaan tan kle naag singer ah oo maqayadaha lagu qayilo kahesto dunidan janis uma heeso ine wax ka dhagesato dad ayada ka aqon bdn kana siyasad bdn aye dunida iska dhaga tirtay that means inena somali land ahen mel isaratiji ah hodana ah mar hore a lasiin aqonsi hade wax qimo ah ledahy dhulkeda saboolka ah

  5. Kkk wl adunka haku walanina soomaliyey ani gu waxan idin dhihila somalilan waa soomali waxana dhashay soomaliya dadka aad tugsana san ikadaya mx yelay wadani nimo ma ahne

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