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Monday, October 16, 2017

Somali Superstars Awale Aden & Farhiya Kabayare-" Ku Ogoliyaa" (information, video, & comments)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This pancocojams post showcases a video of Somali Superstars Awale Aden & Farhiya Kabayare singing-the love song "Ku Ogoliyaa".

Information about Djouboti and Somalia are included in this post. Selected comments from that YouTube video's discussion thread are also included in this post.

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

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to for their musical legacy. Thanks to all those who are quoted in this post and thanks to the publisher of this video on YouTube.

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INFORMATION ABOUT DJOUBTI
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Djibouti
Djibouti... officially the Republic of Djibouti, is a country located in the Horn of Africa. It is bordered by Eritrea in the north, Ethiopia in the west and south, and Somalia in the southeast. The remainder of the border is formed by the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden at the east. Djibouti occupies a total area of just 23,200 km2 (8,958 sq mi).[1]

In antiquity, the territory was part of the Land of Punt and then Sabean and Axumite rule...

Djibouti is a multi-ethnic nation with a population of over 942,333 inhabitants. Arabic and French are the country's two official languages. About 94% of residents adhere to Islam,[1] which is the official religion and has been predominant in the region for more than a thousand years. The Somali Issa and Afar make up the two largest ethnic groups. Both speak Afroasiatic languages, which serve as recognized national languages."...

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INFORMATION ABOUT SOMALIA
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somalia
Somalia... officially the Federal Republic of Somalia[1] (Somali: Jamhuuriyadda Federaalka Soomaaliya, Arabic: جمهورية الصومال الفيدرالية‎‎ Jumhūrīyat aṣ-Ṣūmāl al-Fidirālīyah), is a country located in the Horn of Africa. It is bordered by Ethiopia to the west, Djibouti to the northwest, the Gulf of Aden to the north, the Indian Ocean to the east, and Kenya to the southwest. Somalia has the longest coastline on Africa's mainland,[10] and its terrain consists mainly of plateaus, plains and highlands.[3] ...

Somalia has an estimated population of around 14.3 million.[4] Around 85% of its residents are ethnic Somalis,[3] who have historically inhabited the northern part of the country. Ethnic minorities are largely concentrated in the southern regions.[12] The official languages of Somalia are Somali and Arabic, both of which belong to the Afroasiatic family.[3] Most people in the country are Muslim,[13] with the majority being Sunni.[14]"...

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INFORMATION ABOUT AWALE ADEN
From https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=fr&u=https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Awaleh_Aden&prev=search
"Awaleh Aden Deheyeh (in Somali , Cawaale Aadan Deheeye; in Arabic , عواله ادم داهيه) born on 6 August 1983 in Djibouti, is a Djiboutian singer-songwriter living in Canada, who sings in several languages ( Somali , Afar , Oromo , French and English )."
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Additional information about Awale Aden is included in some of the discussion thread comments that are found below.

I've haven't found any online biographical information about Farhiya Kabayare. If you are aware of any links to this information, please share that in the comment section below. Thanks!

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SHOWCASE VIDEO: Awale Iyo Kabayare 2015 "Ku Ogoliyaa" (Official Video Directed by Studio Libraan)



Liibaan Jama, Published on Oct 28, 2014
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Google translate from Somali to English: Awale And Kabayare- "Allow you"

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SELECTED COMMENTS FROM THIS YOUTUBE VIDEO'S DISCUSSION THREAD
These comments are presented in relative chronological order based on their publishing date with the oldest comments by year given first, except for replies.

Google translate results are given after the comments for the comments written in a language other than English or those comments that have non-English words. I recognize that these translations may be incorrect. Corrections are very welcome.

Because this is a family friendly blog, I've deleted profanity (other than the mild curse word "damn". Those deletions are indicated in brackets in those comments.

WARNING: Some comments in that YouTube discussion thread are racists (from people who could be surmised as being non-Somali and non-Black). Some other comments from Somalis and others were politically argumentative, and/or reflected the historical and present day conflicts and tensions among Somalis themselves, but especially among Somalis and Ethiopians.

Other comments reflected Islamic beliefs or Islamic positions that this song/video wasn't appropriate or should have been forbidden.

I've chosen not to include any of these categories of comments in this discussion thread compilation.

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Numbers are assigned to these selected comments for referencing purposes only.

2015
1. mose Jacob
"learning somali langauge and practicing, from california"

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2. Nimo Farah
"Mashallah ! That's great let us know if we can help . 😍"
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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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3. Sabrina Sharif
"+mose Jacob
Although the language has been around for a long time the written language is under 50 years old."

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4. NFN MRM, 2016
"+mose Jacob Somali has roots first in Cushitic languages then Afro-Asiatic languages. Somali language is perhaps the oldest of the Cushitic languages and it has influenced other Neighboring Cushitic languages. Learn Somali and you will easily pick up other similar languages.

Somali language written in latin is less than 50 years old but we have been writing with different scripts for thousands of years.

Friendly advice; Be very careful with the Somali letters X, C, Q and D. they are not the same as how you would pronounce them in English"

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5. Waryaa Heedheh, 2017
"Yes Somali language has roots and based off of the Cushitic language tree. That means it is a derivative of ancient Egyptian.
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This comment was written in bold font in that discussion thread."

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6. Cabdullaahi Bootaan
"+Madara Sennin This is clean music, we are talking about love ending with marriage ... every Somali couples will Enjoy."

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7. Selemun rusom
"I am ertrian but I love somal music long live somal."

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8. Milanese Bwoy
"somalia and eritrea hve alike songs they sounding same

welcme"

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9. jafar maalim
"wht a wonderful and nyc song u r very rumantic guys"
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"nyc" is a "hip" way of spelling "nice" that appears to be rather widespread on many YouTube contemporary African music threads. In the context of those comments, "nice" is a compliment that appears to mean "good" and not "average" or "ok" (Note these two descriptors aren't used in those discussion threads.) The word "nice" may also be spelled in its standard way on these threads.

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10. MISS JJay
"someone needs to translate this song. Damn Somali lyrics are so complicated...."

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11. abdiwali hussein
"+MISS JJay i feel sorry for pipo like u u cant even understand yo own language"
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This commenter quickly corrected the typo "pipo" to "people"

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12. that aint ordinary bruh
"+abdiwali hussein sxb, people were taken from their country at a young age. like my family, we can all speak somali alx, but complicated lyrics are still hard to understand. so don't criticize."

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13. abdiwali hussein
"+that aint ordinary bruh i understand bro but still there no excuse for one not to not know their own language u can find somalis every where or u can even go back and visit your country and learn its something that definess u how do u say you are somali and u cant speak the language ?"
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"definess" = "defines"

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14. Saalax Cisho
"+abdiwali hussein"
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Writing just the name of a commenter as a reply means that the person agrees with what that commenter wrote.

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15. Jakiiz Jambo
"+abdiwali hussein Am somali born sxb and i still dont understand the lyrics that much and my Somali is on point"
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"On point" is an African American Vernacular English term that means that something is perfectly done.

"sxb"= appears to usually be defined as "bro" ("brother", used in the African American custom of referring to males who you aren't related to, but who you are friendly with or may be friendly with)

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16. MISS JJay
"Lol it's not about if i speak the language or not, the lyrics are complicated and even some words my bparents don't understand. Alhamdulillah Somali fiican waan ku hadli aqan walaal.
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Google translate from Somali to English:
"Alhamdulillah Somali fiican waan ku hadli aqan walaal".= "Alhamdulillah Good English I speak a brother."

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17. abdiwali hussein
"+MISS JJay am just [profanity deleted] with u waraya hesaha somalida anigaba i dont listen the lyrics i just listen them for the beat"
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Google translate from Somali to English:
"waraya hesaha somalida anigaba"- " Report on the Somali issue"

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18. Sara Ali
"Is he Somali or Oromo? I watched him singing Oromo so I'm confused 😏"

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19. Mahdia Houssein
"+Sara Ali What a silly question!"

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20. darui
"+Sara Ali he is somali from djibouti and he sang only one oromo song"

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21. Abdiwahab Mohamed
"+Mahdia Houssein not that silly

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22. Xoosh Robleh
"+Sara Ali stay that way
you better off confused
that qabilist,Oromo and somali have the same lineage
he is the latter"

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23. Rude gyal
"+Sara Ali Yes i was confused aswell but he's djiboutian somali i think he was raised in dire dhabe were alot of oromo lives"
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"Qabil"= Somali term for "clan affiliation" source: https://mymemory.translated.net/en/Somali/English/qabilalthough its current use may mean something more or something in addition to that

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"Oromo"
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oromo_people
"The Oromo people (Oromo: Oromoo; Ge'ez: ኦሮሞ?; ’Oromo) are an ethnic group inhabiting Ethiopia who are also found in northern Kenya and Somalia.[5][6] They are the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia and the wider Horn of Africa. According to the 2007 census,[1][7] they make up about 34.5% of Ethiopia's population and others estimate that they make up about 40% of the population.[6][8] With the total Ethiopian population thought to be over 102 million, the number of Oromo people exceeds 35 million in Ethiopia alone.[9]

Oromos speak the Oromo language as a mother tongue (also called Afaan Oromoo and Oromiffa), which is part of the Cushitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic family...

The Oromo are divided into two major branches that break down into an assortment of clan families. From west to east. The Borana Oromo, also called the Boran, are a pastoralist group living in southern Ethiopia (Oromia) and northern Kenya.[123][124] The Boran inhabit the former provinces of Shewa, Welega, Illubabor, Kafa, Jimma, Sidamo, northern and northeastern Kenya, and a small refugee population in some parts of Somalia....

Various human rights organizations have publicized the government persecution of Oromos in Ethiopia for decades. In 2008, OFDM opposition party condemned the government's indirect role in the death of hundreds of Oromos in western Ethiopia.[166] According to Amnesty International, "between 2011 and 2014, at least 5000 Oromos have been arrested based on their actual or suspected peaceful opposition to the government. These include thousands of peaceful protestors and hundreds of opposition political party members."...
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After reading most of the comments on this YouTube discussion thread and most or all of the comments on five other Somali contemporary music discussion threads-all but one of which was for Awale Aden's music- I never came across a reply from a Somali that wasn't very friendly toward any commenter who identified himself or herself as Oromo. Commenters who identified themselves as Eritrean and Djiboutian got the same very warm responses from Somalians, while Ethiopians who didn't identify themselves as Oromo almost always got the exact opposite response from Somalians.

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24. Aminnaaxo
"This song is good for weddings. "

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25. Abdirahman Omar
"I would like to say that Farhiya Kabayare And Awale have a great chemistry on the video and i can't rememeber a time where i saw a Somali video where i enjoyed watching it as much as this one. Farhiya has good bubbly personality which boasts everyone's mood and that smile of her is great. If they said nice thing about a Somali town we shouldn't all be jealous or envious because we should all know our fellow brothers live in that town and is ours as much as theirs so Big up to all Somalia."

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2016
26. Junior Isaac
"Lovely duo......proudly Somali"

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27. abdifatah yare
"4 m ooolaaah
soosocda hada ilmo aabo ... this song soon will overthrow dhaantada dirgax which has the most viewers in somali songs on YouTube"
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4 m [million] refers to the total number of views for this video.

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28. Hassnaytou Ali
"AWALEH IS FROM DJIBOUTI AND WAY BETTER FROM OTHER SOMALI SINGERS .UNLIKE OTHER SOMALI SINGERS, HIS UNIQUENESS IS DUE TO EXPLORING OTHER NEIGHBORING TRIBES AND COUNTRIES MUSICS. PLUS, HE CAREFULLY CHOOSE HIS TUNE FOR HIS SONGS. C EST UNE FIERTE POUR DJIBOUTI .SINCE HIS ARRIVAL TO NORTH AMERICA, OTHER SINGERS WENT TO THE BACK OF THE QUEUE AND WENT HARDLY GET A CALL. COURAGE AWALEH ET NE RENONCE PAS A TES DJIBOUTIANITES."
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Google translate from French to English:
C EST UNE FIERTE POUR DJIBOUTIC IS A PRIDE FOR DJIBOUTI

AWALEH ET NE RENONCE PAS A TES DJIBOUTIANITES.- "AWALEH AND DOES NOT WAIVE YOUR DJIBOUTIANITIES. "[my suggested translation: "Awaleh doesn't renounce his Djiboutian heritage".

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29. Omar Ali
"Absolutely true. C'est notre monument national et je l'écoute tous les jours ici aux Etats unis. Merci pour ces paroles magnifiques Yi Hassnaytou Ali. May God always keep our beloved Djibouti in peace, prosperity and beauty. <3 <3 <3"

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30. cooler aced
"i love djibouti but now you are pushing it, dude even if entire djibouti watched his videos a billion times he would still have like 2 views very few people live there ,somalia capital of somali territories , nothing unique he is just talented"

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31. Siriin Said
"they are somali stars💯Thumps up for the legends👍👍"

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32. Malick jones
"The only problem is this individual male is as tall as the woman,this is extremely rare in Somali society"

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33. Rukzbliss mohz
"hehehe why is it a problem?"

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34. Malick jones
"No problem. I was making an observation"

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35. Malick jones
"Most of the Somali men that i have met have been exceptionally tall."

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2017
36. [name not retrieved- sorry]
"thanks brothers waa hees macaan dhulkeena hooyo"
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"waa hees macaan dhulkeena hooyo" ="It's a sweet song in our motherland"

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37. fatuma maalim
" "As promised I am single" this song is unique and the message is the words of love speak only if u feel it it's true"

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38. nana Raage
"I love my Somalia"

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39. Aden Ceynte
"what a nice song keep up my people"
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The phrase "keep up" is frequently found in most of the contemporary African music YouTube discussions threads that I've read. I believe that "keep up" is short for "Keep up the good work".

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40. Araps Rapu
"i love my somali pp'le , somalia,puntland,khatumoland,somaliland,jubaland,djiboutiland,Northern kenya land,Ogadenland,kukuland iyoo bisaadland, aniga waxaan axhaiii jacyland,,,,,,"

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41. Axmed Cali
"wow 5‚703‚456 views its most Somali Views veido
long life Awale and Farhia"
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This comment was published in June 2017.

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42. Suzana
"lot of foreigners are listening to this song"

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43. Ahmed Ahmed
"awale he's the somalia singer who has most of views on YouTube👏👏👏👏"
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All of Awale's YouTube videos have well over 1 million viewers.

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44. Naima Ali
"OMG i cant believe this has 6 million views! Did all somalis watch this? Wooow just shocking.... amazing."
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This comment was published in July 2017.

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45. Windex Windex
"Form USA i really love somali songs but i ain't understand a single world We love you guys !!"

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46. Axmed Ali
"i am from mars and i love somali music ha top that....."
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This comment is [I believe] humorously written in the form of many of the comments on and many other YouTube contemporary African music discussion threads. The commenter writes "I am from [name a nation] and (or often "but") I love [name the nation or ethnic group] music.

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47. Sammy Rich
"Somali music getting so much love from foreigners, amazing thanks for the kind words people"

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48. Anom m
"Damn bro, I love this song and I'm Somali, but I have no idea [profanity letters deleted] they are saying. I'm so out of touch with both my culture and language :("

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49. Rahma Farah
"Why so many haters on this song! Maxaa kaqaldan heestan waa yaabee?
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Google translation from Somali to English
"Maxaa kaqaldan heestan waa yaabee?"= "Why this song is so wonderful?"

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50. shakaal de pana
"am black American nd I like Somali music from los Angeles"

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51. Viv Berner
"shakaal de pana wow cool! How did you discover somali music?"
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There's no reply from Shakaal to this comment as of this date.

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52. Knight Rider
"6.1M view more 2k comments WOW! challenges any other somali song."
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This comment was written in August 2017. As of October 16, 2017 6:35 am, this video has 6,512,213 views.

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53. Siyaad Cali
"Knowledge people keep it up one love always"

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