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Monday, October 16, 2017

Seven Videos Of Somali's Performing Arts Group "Waaberi" (1970s-1980s)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This pancocojams post provides information about the Somalia's Waaberi music and dance group (1970s-1990s).

This post also showcases seven YouTube videos of that group's performances and features selected comments from two of those videos' discussion threads.

The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to all those who were associated with Somalia's Waaberi performing arts group.

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INFORMATION ABOUT WAABERI MUSIC & DANCE GROUP
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waaberi
"Waaberi (Somali: Waaberi, Arabic: وابري‎‎) was a Somali musical supergroup.

History
The troupe was established by members of the Radio Artists Association. It was supported by the Somali government as part of the National Theatre of Somalia, and made tours throughout several countries in Africa, including Egypt and Sudan.[1] They also performed in the People's Republic of China. After a coup in 1969, the ensemble was renamed Waaberi, which means "Dawn Players".[1] The group continued to exist as a private organization into the 1990s.

Vocalist Maryam Mursal, the first woman to play Somali jazz, was a member of the ensemble.[2] After performing at the English WOMAD festival in 1997, the group toured North America in 1998, and recorded an album with Egyptian musician Hossam Ramzy.[2]

Members
As Somalia's foremost musical group, Waaberi spawned many popular artists who would go on to enjoy successful individual careers and shape the face of Somali music for years to come."...
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This page includes a list of prominent members of this band.

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SHOWCASE VIDEOS

Pancocojams Editor's Note:
Selected comments from some of these video's discussion threads are presented after those videos in chronological order except for relies. Numbers are assigned for referencing purposes only. Results from Google translate from Somali to English are given for certain Somali words along with information about other non-English words. Corrections are very welcome.

Example #1: Waaberi - Video Music



Labiib Naaji Published on Nov 19, 2007

Kooxda Waberi
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Kooxda = "The group"

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Example #2: Hobolada Waaberi in China



LBchannel, Published on Mar 2, 2011

Hobolada Waaberi oo bandhig faneed kusoo bandhigay wadanka shiinaha 1980's.
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Another copy of this same video indicates that this performance occurred in the 1970s.
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Example #3. Somali performance in China



yomanali ali, Published on May 6, 2011

Somali performance in China...wooow never thought Somali's do live in China..that means they speak Chinese:OOO amazing seriously

Selected comments from this video's YouTube comment thread:

2011
1. Muna Said
"This is great!!!!!! Masha'allah....Team work...keep our culture alive everywhere"
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mashallah
"Masha Allah (Arabic: ما شاء الله‎‎, mā shāʾa llāhu), also Masha'Allah, is an Arabic phrase that means "God has willed", expresses appreciation, joy, praise, or thankfulness for an event or person that was just mentioned. While Masha'Allah is used as an expression of respect, it also serves as a reminder that all accomplishments are considered by Muslims to be achieved through the will of Allah. It is generally said upon hearing good news."...

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2. Gangstar612
"Absolutely magnificent

Outstanding dancers, top top performance
Our brothers n sisters holding for the great people of Somalia, great choice of songs Juba n Samatar for somali & dusty foot philosopher's wavin flag.

Time to som it up, just gonna end with two words

MIND BLOWING"

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3. pashun88
"@2011bilaal Song starting at 3:41 is "Iyeeyow Iyeeyow" by Hasan Adan Samatar. You can listen to it on Nomad lyrics, but I dont know of any hd downloads. The rest...I wish I knew myself." 

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2012
4. multishankaroon
"@Liwah the firste song called (caano iyo nabad) by cabdiqadir jubba.:)"

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5. Maryam Osman
"owwww you gotta be proud of them you guys Rock XD you made happy and the Dance is so cool and wel orgonized Big Luv" 

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6. Tahaarka Huruuse
"Somalian chinese citizens hahah trhats what im talking about.. keep staying succesful regardless of where in the world our peoples are scattered" 

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7. Kaltum Mohamed
"daaaaamn this is sooooo beautiful and it was incredible events wooow this is what I need about my Somali bro/sis....I feel damn proud to be Somali:):):)"

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2013
8. MrFreshtune
"wooow its great by the way what's the name of second song that they were dancing to......Thanks" 

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9. Bella
"It's called Iyeeyow Iyeeyow...sang by Hassan Adan Samatar..."

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10. Maria Yosef
"Aww Masha Allah somali people are every where! Ilahay haa daysto" 
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Google translate from Somali to English
"Ilahay haa daysto" = "Yes, please"

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2015
11. Rose
"I was so supprised that there were somalis in china mashallah"

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12. abdiwali hussein
"+Rose yo am somali and am currently studying my bechellor civil engineering degreee in china and trust me man there somalis in every city in china even those somall towns u can find somalis there"

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13. Rose
"@abdiwali hussein really, im so surprised Mashallah you should be proud if i was in china i would be soo happy because it would mean that iv'e accomplished something.Somalis are mostly in eurpope in my eyes."

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Example #4: HOBALADA WAABERI HEESTA NINKII DILA NIN KALE NEW SONG



xusuusonline, Published on Dec 14, 2013

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Example #5: Hees Waaberi - Soo dhaweyntii madaxda Djibouti 1987



Omar Mohamed, Published on Oct 5, 2014

Soo dhaweyntii madaxda Djabouti 1987
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"Welcome to the Djabouti leaders"
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Here are selected comments from this video's YouTube comment thread:
2016
Ayan A
"makes me cry. I am from Djibouti"

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Mohamud jibrel
"Am also makes me cry . Hada iyo hadhowba reer jabuti waa walahayo"
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Now, as a joke, it is a dream

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Axmed Maxamuud, 2017
"Ayan A it is what we proud if were are Somali people it is our history it makes me cry too when I lissen FROM Mogadishu-somaliwayn

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Ayan A
"Djibouti and Somalia forever our people"

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BAGAL Xaranbaa
"I wish I would be there at that night!!!!am really speechless I hope we will stand again once and for all"

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Maryam S
"ManshAllah we I'll"

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Ahmed Abdi
"+BAGAL Xaranbaa I even dnt get really why we are like this stateless Somalia when we used to be one of best in Africa and most powerful nd wisdom people in Africa but now garbage nd stupid tribalism people in Africa most correct country in world everything we r number1 now in the world how sad really"

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BAGAL Xaranbaa
"+Ahmed Abdi we still good as I believe but some of our leaders are selfish and betrayed their country and people hope we will stand again as one once and for all in sha allaah bro" 

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Maryam S
"+Maryam Ahmed inshaAllah we will"

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2017
ReaggaeLizeIt 4life
"they divided us !! maay allah unite us ! one day insha allah ! LoveFromDjibouti !!"

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Example #6: Hobalada Waaberi ( Mogadisho 1987 )



Labiib Naaji, Published on Dec 4, 2014

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Example #7: SOMALI THEATRE IN CHINA GOOD OLD DAYS



zak osman Published on Mar 15, 2015

This is Somali dance theater (WAABERI) performing in China. Good old days. And its all told in dance, not in words. Basically, anyone can understand it!
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This portion of this show occurred at the same performance that is showcased in the video given as Example #2 in this post.

Here are selected comments from this video's YouTube comment thread:

2015
Qali Osman
"waxaan halkaan Ka salaamayaa hobalada jilaayaasha iyo mu,alifiinta wixii dhintay allaha u naxariisto inta xanuunsana allaha caafiyo aammiin aamiin inta caafimaadka qabtana allaha u siyaadiyo aammiin waad ku mahadsan tihiin dhaqan keenii oo aad noogu xajiseen sababtoo ah hidaha iyo dhaqanka waa wanaagsanyahay ilmaheenii dabadda joogo dhaqankii waa kalumay afkii soomaliyeed waakalumay kuwii laqaatayna warkooda daa marka illaah baa noo maqan illah waxaan katuugaynaa umadeeynii in illaahay isku keeno quluubtoodana burcad isku mariyo aammiin sidaan ku badbaadno ilmaheenina ku badbaadaan aammiin aammiin."
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I congratulate the audience of the actors and the muezzin of the deceased and the sickness of the faithful and protect the true and healthy life of the people and give thanks to you for your culture because of the culture and traditions is good for our childhood culture We are not going to be able to do that, "he said.

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2016
Hani Raaxeeye
"Somalia culture is very important mashaallah I'm proud to be somali"

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2017
hussein omar
"aad iyo aad ayan ugu faraxsanahay in an ahay niin Somali ah.

Alhamdullillah"
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Google translate from Somali to English:
I am very happy that I am a Somali man.

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alhamdulillah
"Al-ḥamdu lillāh (Arabic: الحَمْد لله‎‎) or alḥamdulillāh, also known as Tahmid is an Arabic phrase meaning "Praise be to God", sometimes translated as "Thank God!"[1]...

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Qalbi Qurux
"am proud to be somali big respect somalia be one love"

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KD KD
"WE NEED TO KEEEP OUR TRADITION ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

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Midnimo
"of the dances they showed i recognized Saylici, Gabley shimbir and Kabeebay i couldn't recognise the others since they theatricised it could anyone point them out to me?
and of the people i recognized Siteey mangooto Khadiijo Qalanjo Faynuus sh daahir and Xakiimo Caalin again if anyone cold point out others."

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Somali NS
"So Much has Changed
Now we have Alshabab
And our children love the Western Life"

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Saddaam Issack
"Tears fall down from my eyes when i see these proud culture somalia be united."

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