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Baijun Ballads: Somali Songs in Swahili

Haussein Shiekh and Radio Mogadisco Swahili Singers
Baijun Ballads: Somali Songs in Swahili

Situated on the eastern–most part of Africa with Kenya to the southwest, Yemen to the north, Ethiopia to the west, and the Indian Ocean to the east, Somalia has been a center of trade since ancient times. Recorded in a U.N. compound in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, Baijun Ballads: Somali Songs in Swahili presents historic and contemporary songs of marriage, lullabies, love–poems, prayer, and two ancient chants from the Baijun peoples. Islanders descended from Bantu, Arabic, Persian, and Somali ethnic groups, the Baijun sing in classical Swahili and an Arabic–Swahili dialect.

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Track Listing

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Pumbao, Fun, or Enjoyment Haussein Shiekh and Radio Mogadisco Swahili Singers 7:32
102
Furaha, Happiness Haussein Shiekh and Radio Mogadisco Swahili Singers 6:17
103
Kikombe Cha Zari, The Decorated Cup Haussein Shiekh and Radio Mogadisco Swahili Singers 4:33
104
Leo Ni Leo, Today is Today Haussein Shiekh and Radio Mogadisco Swahili Singers 7:27
105
Gungo, Wedding Invitation Haussein Shiekh and Radio Mogadisco Swahili Singers 2:22
201
Bembea Mtoto Haussein Shiekh and Radio Mogadisco Swahili Singers 5:42
202
Safaridi, Martin Bird Haussein Shiekh and Radio Mogadisco Swahili Singers 3:22
203
Sini Mwana, I Have no Son Haussein Shiekh and Radio Mogadisco Swahili Singers 4:31
204
Kasikazi Vuma, Oh, Wind of the Southwest Mountain Haussein Shiekh and Radio Mogadisco Swahili Singers 3:36
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Randa, Farmers' Chant Haussein Shiekh and Radio Mogadisco Swahili Singers 4:28

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