African Writers' Club
Somali republic. African Writers' Club
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Item notes : This is a programme about life in Somalia. The speaker describes the changing seasons, the fatal impact of drought and the expression of celebration through poetry when the rains come. Islam binds the Somali people together as does the 'Somali' language which is common among the Somali people. The Somali language is an oral language, much of the poetry has not been written down. The speaker provides a detailed analysis of the socio-cultural functions of Somali poetry and plays recorded excerpts of sung poetry, (performed by a solo, male voice) to illustrate his discussion.