Sunday, May 29, 2011

Ali Farka Touré


I'm listening to new albums, including Vieux Farka Touré's latest record. Vieux is definitely a great artist in his own right. I can't help, though, that my mind wanders to his father who (almost) single-handedly changed the course of my life.

Ali and Vieux
I wrote the tribute below in 2007 on my page on last.fm. I left that so-called social network when they decided everybody, except residents of the 3 richest countries in the world, would have to pay for the radio! Impeccable logic for a site that owes it's very existence to global netizens! This is my last activity there; I'm the deleted commenter.

To my surprise, the tribute was reproduced by several sites ... with credits and all! It now seems it's nowhere to be found. Reason why I'm reposting it here verbatim, with minor adjustments.


Saturday, May 14, 2011

Hordhac/Intro

Salaan ka dib, goobtan waxaan furay sannad iyo badh ka hor si aan wax uga qoro tixda iyo tiraabka oo ah qaybaha guud ee ay u kala baxdo suugaanta Soomaalidu. Isla markaana waxaan maanka ku hayey inaan arrimahaas halkan kula gorfeeyo dadka xiiseeya , anigoo gaar ahaan rajeynaya inaan aqoon korodhsi ka helo ragga iyo dumarka ruug-caddaaga ah ee ku xeesha dheer maansada iyo mawaadiicda la xidhiidha. Nasiib darro, waqti xadiddan iyo xiise xayuuban awgood waanba ilaawey inaan ardaagan unkay, ooddiise weli ku awdan tahay!

Waayaha dulqaadka le
wararkayga lagu sii
weedhaydu kuu timi
waa nabad alooskeed
wasalaamu calaykum

Intaynu isu samrayno, dhegeyso ama akhri gabaygii Hadraawi ee Daba Huwan oo ka kooban 100 tuducood ku dhowaad iyo in ka badan 800 oo beyd.