Live music, dance, comedy: Eid music brings joy, Hope in Mogadishu + Pic

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MOGADISHU, (HargeisaPress) — Somalia’s capital has embraced the Eid Al-Adha festival with a theatrical entertainment featuring leading young artists and rappers singings at a hotel courtyard for hundreds of brightly dressed audience, giving a new impression: despite the security challenges, music can take its place.

Singers from the Hargeisa-based Music band Xidigaha Geeska have led the night show in celebration for the Eid Al-Dha and entertained excited Somalis who alongside musicians danced at the open-air yard as a  at the festival described by many as ‘impressive’.

Singers from the Hargeisa-based Music band Xidigaha Geeska
Singers from the Hargeisa-based Music band Xidigaha Geeska

The show which has attracted thousands of Somalis is seen as a major inspiration for the aspiring young musicians whose music talents never go beyond social media and Youtube.

Despite security challenges, Somalia’s capital is recovering from decades of conflict as the city experienced booming construction projects, thanks to the relative peace in the city since the ouster of Islamist militants in 2011.

Singers from the Hargeisa-based Music band Xidigaha Geeska 2

The musicians who showcased their talent have sung in Somali, surprising many young men and women at the show who have never attended any other live music event.

Somalia’s cultural heritage has suffered a virtual distinction following the uprising of Islamists in 2006. Music shops and cinemas have been attacked, and musicians were killed, forcing many to flee the country.

“We are happy – this Eid has passed well.” said Mohamed Ali, a 19 years-old at the show.

 

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