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New book brings Somali music to the classroom

On a recent Thursday, the school day hadn’t yet started at Burnsville’s Gideon Pond Elementary School. But a long-awaited moment had arrived. In her music classroom, Becca Buck opened a brown paper envelope. “Here we go!” she said. “Our baby!”  Buck and her co-author Qorsho Hassan, who met as teachers at Gideon Pond, were about to hold their new book—The Rhythm of Somalia: A Collection of Songs, Stories, and Traditions—for […]

todayNovember 27, 2023 3


A tribute to legendary Somali musician Axmed Naaji

Venerated as an elder of the country’s cultural life, Axmed Naaji Sacad Cali Naasir was not merely a singer, composer and musician who played guitar, lute, mandolin, piano and violin. He was also a radio host, a playwright and a poet. First known for his love songs like ‘Garan Waaye’ (I Couldn’t Know), he would later become famous for patriotic songs such as ‘Dalkeygow’ (Oh My Country). Poems are commonly set […]

todaySeptember 21, 2023 4

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