Sing or Die: The Words and Music of a Somali Refugee


| 6/18/2009 12:14:00 PM


Tags: Arts, Music, Somalia, Folk Music, Field Recordings, Global Post, Jeff Severns Guntzel,

"When I'm singing I remember many things—the good times when we have the life in Somalia... Now everything is zero. The solution is to be dead. When I play music I remember the good times and I become very happy." That's Somali musician Mohammed Abbi Samantar. He lives with his wife, Kaha Mukhtar Mohammed, in a refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya. In this video, the two sing beautifully together in their mud shelter as photos from the camp and the conflict in Somalia flash across the screen.

Source: Global Post