It has been a few years since the release of my debut album Hiddo & Dhaqan in 2009. Due to the current state of the Somali music scene, I wanted to discover my audience and establish my own sound before I released another LP or EP. However, after a few years of experimenting with new sounds and performing numerous shows. I realised who my real audience were and what my sound was.
My primary audience/fans were those who received Hiddo & Dhaqan warmly. Mostly, progressive Somalis in the diaspora who were craving for a new sound which they could identify with. I was humbled by the feedback received from one of the greatest Somali singers Hassan Aaden Samatar who described my music as “a sound that bridged the gap between traditional Somali music and contemporary western music”. This helped me to hone in on my sound reinforcing the message that I really didn’t need to try and change to fit in or reach out to other audiences.
For the above reasons my upcoming EP will be titled ‘Somali Songs From The Diaspora.’ The EP will consist of 6 songs; new recordings from my band’s recent shows, some old favourites will make a reappearance which have been remixed. It will be a taster of whats to come in the very near future insha Allah (God Willing). I plan to record and release a new album which I have already written and composed soon so please watch this space.
Thanks to those who recently helped me decide the cover for the EP. A young talented Somali artist by the name of Ahmed Yoses took to even painting his preference which was a very creative and unique way of casting his vote. After counting the votes from the various social media pages- 93 of you voted for the top photo compared to 91 who opted for the bottom photo. The overall vote was very close my personal preference was in fact the bottom photo, however the public has spoken and I shall listen. The final design of the EP will be revealed very soon. Unfortunately we are running behind schedule so the release of the EP will be delayed by a month and should be released 28th February 2014 (IA).
I wanted to let you know to expect more videos in the very near future. We recently advertised for a young East African actress, the response has been overwhelming and I am glad to announce that the post has been filled; so no more enquiries please. I am currently preparing for the shoot of the new video for one of the songs from EP. We will be doing similar videos to the Deeqa video, addressing issues closely related to my community.
I also wanted to thank you all for your support and I apologise if I don’t always respond to your enquires via social media. However, I will do my best to engage with everyone on my website; so any questions or comments please feel free to post them in the comments section. I will continue to update you with more regular blogs and video uploads Insha Allah. My latest video upload is of Jihaan and myself jamming while we prepared for the storyline single Qabliga. As usual your ideas and feedback is appreciated and welcomed.