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Origin Somalia
Genres Somali music
Occupations singer, dancer
Instruments vocals, guitar, oud, tambura
Years active 1960s-1990s
Associated acts Ali Feiruz, Hasan Adan Samatar, Magool, Maryam Mursal

Waaberi (Somali: Waaberi, Arabic: وابري‎) was a Somali musical supergroup.


The troupe was established by members of the Radio Artists Association. It was supported by the Somali government as part of the National Theatre of Somalia, and made tours throughout several countries in Africa, including Egypt and Sudan.[1] They also performed in the People's Republic of China. After a coup in 1969, the ensemble was renamed Waaberi, which means "Dawn Players".[1] The group continued to exist as a private organization into the 1990s.

Vocalist Maryam Mursal, the first woman to play Somali jazz, was a member of the ensemble.[2] After performing at the English WOMAD festival in 1997, the group toured North America in 1998, and recorded an album with Egyptian musician Hossam Ramzy.[2]


As Somalia's foremost musical group, Waaberi spawned many popular artists who would go on to enjoy successful individual careers and shape the face of Somali music for years to come. Prominent members of the band included:

  • Ali Feiruz
  • Qasim Hilowle
  • Aweis Ghedow
  • Abdulkadir Nurani
  • Sahal Mo'allim Isse
  • Ahmed Naji Sa'ad
  • Abdullahi Qarshe
  • Hassan Sheikh Mumin
  • Abdi Muhumed Amin
  • Mohamed Ibrahim Hadrawi
  • Mohamud Abdullahi Sangub
  • Mohamud Tukale Osman
  • Abdi Adan Qeis
  • Hussein Aw Farah
  • Mohamed Ali Kaariye
  • Ali Suguleh
  • Abdulle Raggeh Tarawil
  • Mohamed Ahmed Kulu'
  • Magool
  • Maryam Mursal
  • Khadija Qalanjo
  • Hasan Adan Samatar
  • Faduma Abdullahi Kahin "Maandeeq"
  • Faduma Qassim Hilowle
  • Hibo Nuura
  • Mohamed Aden Da'ar
  • Mohamed Suleiman Tube'
  • Mohamed Hassan Barrow
  • Omar Dhule Ali
  • Kadija Abdulahi Daleis
  • Sada Ali Warsame
  • Binti Omar Ga'al
  • Abdikadir Mo'allim Jubba
  • Salad Darbi
  • Ahmed Ali Egal
  • Abdulqader Hassan Nageye
  • Seinab Haji Ali Bahsan
  • Kinsi Haji Aden
  • Kadra Dahir Ige
  • Sahra Ahmed Jama
  • Omar Abdulle Sholi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Johnson, John William. "Somalia". New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians Online.
  2. ^ a b Biography, Allmusic.com.