Pioneering Creativity - Dheeg, Abdikarim Jiir, Luqman, Haykalm Chaired by Farhia Absie
Over the last few decades rural to urban migration has increased exponentially across the Somali regions and profoundly impacted the arts. Artists have sought to engage with these transformations in their work, and urbanisation has also brought them into contact with different individuals, artistic genres and new sources of inspiration. This event features urban-based innovators in the arts, including poets, writers and musicians.
Dheeg is a poet, playwright, and songwriter, born, bred in the suburbs of Hargeysadistrict. He is a former member of the first artist troupe established in the city in the early 50s called Walaalaha Hargeysa. His literary production is acclaimed for its variety and combination of the serious poetic style conforming to tradition, and the modern song poem known for its captivating appeal and easiness. Dheeg is a symbol of the older generation and its passion for poetry, but is also an entertainer who appeals to the young urban middle classes.
Abdikarim Jiir is undoubtedly one of the most brilliant living Somali music composers. His musical works are very popular among Somalis across the globe. He rose to eminence in the 70s with his remarkable performance of the famous song ‘Beledweyn ’written by M I Hadraawi. This song was received with unprecedented jubilation by the Somali publicand set a new standard for Somali musicians.Serenity and quietude are generally said to be natural conditions in which the creativity of the artist flourishes, yet Abdikarim lives permanently in war-torn Mogadishu and continues to work undeterred.
Luqmaan Cali Waraabe is one of our visiting poet from US and his work mainly addresses the youth, religion, and other social issues.
Mahamed Muhumed Abdi (Haykal) is a poet, and writer and his work explores social issues such as Khat. He is the writer of Masiibada Cagaaran ("The disaster of the Green leaf").