The Christian Science Monitor yesterday wrote a great article on Somalis exploring or holding on to older prewar music in the face of competition from Arabic and English cultural forces.
“Libiqsi is a very rich expression. It’s an old-fashioned Somali word that means ‘love,'” says Mohammed.
“You know that feeling right at the beginning of your engagement, when you’re so in love, and so shy and bashful that you can’t even look your fiancée in the eye?” he asks. “That’s libiqsi.”
We’re listening to a love song on the car stereo by a Somali supergroup called the Waaberi Band, or the Morning Sunshine Band. It’s an upbeat tune with a cheerful, colorful sound. This musical collective dominated the Somali music scene throughout the 1980s. But when Siad Barre’s government collapsed in 1991, the musicians fled the country.”
Along with the article, there is a very brief audio clip of Hasan Hajji Mohammed “Gulwadee,” who composed many of the old Waaberi tracks, singing a Waaberi song.