Young Somali Group
My name is Ikran Mohmed Araleh I live in Cardiff where I study IT at Cardiff’s Tertiary College.
I am delighted to be part of a group called Waayaha Cusub which is Somali for ‘New Era’. Most Somali people think that musicians only make music in order to make money but making money is not our objective, we make music in order to feel a connection with our country. Although I live in the UK, the group is based in Kenya because the political environment at the moment in Somalia is not safe for musicians like us.
We do not copy songs from old musicians, we come up with our own ideas and sing about what is happening back home in Somalia. No topic is too controversial for our attention, we will sing about those issues that governments would prefer to ignore. While Somalia is torn apart by clan warfare, the members of Waayaha Cusub from different clans are working together to overcome the test of diversity which Allah (SWT) has ordained for mankind.
Musically, Waayaha Cusub have stepped out of the old poetic tradition and introduced more creativity and modern lyrics to Somali music. Influences include Reggae, Rap, and Hiphop in the instrumentals firmly rooted in melodies still reminiscent of the authentic Somali sound.
I want to thank Davida from my college for asking me to introduce the Waayaha Cusub“
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