The Passing of a Legend: Mohamed Suleiman, But Legends never die

Mohamed Suleiman has joined the legends of the yesteryear, legends that changed the course of history, legends that left behind voluminous work that will be passed from generation to generation. He joined the likes of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin, Mary Macleod, Frederick Douglas, W.E.B. Dubois, Saladin, Omar Ib-nal-Aas and many others, but their legacy, work and spirit never died and will never die. He has born in Laalays a small town near Berbera in 1941. At an early age he found himself to be a genius vocalist and legendary singer. He started his singing career in Radio Djibouti, but due to restrictions imposed on him by the then French colonial authorities, he came back to Hargeisa, and joined Walahalla Hargeisa and Radio Hargeisa in  “1956”. One of his hit songs in “1958” was “ Waan Daale EE Daayaa Idamaqdee II Dawada.” Almost at the same time, he was singing “Aroor”. Some of its lyrics are as follows: “Hibooy Anba Waan Ku Haybinaya Inaabti Ma Ii Hanwayntahay.” History can never forget Mohamed Suleiman’s 1960 hit independence song is as follows: “ Waamahad Al-ee Madaheen Banaan. Waa Mahad Alee Malalootigii Meesha Daran Ka Yimid, Maantabaa Haday Ina Magan Sadeen.”

Short Poem

Passed today is the king of kings

The real kings of all songs

His golden voice will never be forgotten

His magical voice will never go away

His physical body may have gone today

But his amazing work and soul will be eternal

And will surely be passed from generation to generation

Legends die but in the true sense not really die a rather confusing assertion. Here are the great philosophers such as Aristotle, Socrates, Pluto and others, the great geniuses of science and mathematics people such as Democrats, Pythagoras, Newton, Einstein,  and others. The founders of the exceptional American Republic were all great visionaries in their own rights, and with their own human flaws. But all of them have something in common, all of them have died, but they have never been forgotten. Every single day, America and the world remembers great men like Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, James Monroe, American civil rights and human rights legends such as Frederick Douglas, W.B. Dubois,  Dr. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Mary Macleod Bethune, Sojourner Truth, A. Philip Randolph, and so many others. In the same token Mohamed Suleiman will be remembered forever.

The king of songs of all times has passed away from home in a strange land , where nobody knows his personality, gentleness, humility, humbleness, and above all his legendary status. He was one of the first generation of Bulwo or Heelo sings in Somaliland and the entire Somali speaking world for that matter. Mohamed Suleiman became one of the early members of the Walaala Hargeisa musicians and singers. Walaala Hargeisa has been founded by two legends, Abdullahi Qarshe and Mohamed Said “Guuroon Jire”.  All Somalilanders and all Somali speaking people will remember the king of melody forever. Today we may have lost an indispensable son, but his spirit will be with us forever. The great one will be buried in “Laalays” which is small town near Berbera. The Somaliland government will conduct a state funeral for the legend. 

Other greats of his amazingly brilliant and irreplaceable generation who already died were Abdullahi Qarshe, Mohamed Yusuf, Mohamed Omar Huryo, Dararamleh, Osman Mohamed Abdulkarim (Osman Gaanlaw), Halimo Khalif Magool, Abdullahi Abdi Shube, Hussein Aw Farah and many others.

Other legends younger than him who also passed before him were the two Mooge brothers Mohamed and Ahmed Mooge Liban, Mohamed Omar Mushteeg (Faisal), Farhiya Ali, Kinji H. Adan and many others. 

The repertoire of his songs is so long, so rich and so amazingly great, but I will try to give you glimpses of some of his songs. 

A short list of his hit songs is follows:

Nayruus, Hooyoi, Gufaao, Balkaalay Bilanay, Malyoon Hiba Masiisteen, Beryahaygu, Gaari Dumar, Haawo, Dhibaatadda Jacaylku, Raaheeye, and Gabadhaan Gardaadshay


              Suleiman Egeh is a freelance writer and a senior science instructor.