The Peace Tour continues, this time in the version of the Somali Sunrise Concert Tour in Washington DC tonight and in New York on 28 August. The tour consists of young Somali artists who put together the concert tour and documentary film featuring that brings together an alliance of Somalia’s top hiphop, Afrobeat, and r&b musicians. The group of artists are proving to be an unstoppable force for peace as they tour the world, from the US to East Africa, to perform the first modern concert in twenty years in war-torn Mogadishu, Somalia. The Tour’s ultimate goal is to persuade Somali youth through their hiphop, Afrobeat, and r&b concert jams and lyrics to unify, turn away from the gun, and peacefully resist extremism. It will also celebrate the reunification of the capitol, Mogadishu. Show some love and visit the Tour’s page here.
We’ve all heard of a cover or a mash-up but Somali sister pop duo FAARROW attempted something unique of late - a quad-mash-up that is as distinctly brilliant as it is a mark of their trade of late. The young sisters mashed-up covers from four artists, namely: Katy Perry, Frank Ocean, Kanye West and Jay Z! It not only evokes the breadth of their talent but the anticipation that is building up for their album release! Follow FAARROW on twitter here and show them some love!. To learn more about these amazing sisters, check out our previous features on their work here.
You may have seen her on YouTube singing her heart out to ballads and covers but Laila Adam launched her new single “Love You Down” last week to critical success! Determined to outdo her critics, her single is raising eyebrows and has launched to much fan-fare. A Somali-American singer by way of Seattle, Washington, Laila continues to work hard at her passion for music. And as if this single wasn’t enough, check out her singing range with “want it”, a remix to Drake’s “Juice”. We are certain that this is just the beginning of great things to come! Visit iTune here and purchase her new single and share the love by following her here on twitter! Be Inspired! Be Positive! Be Somali!
Heard the major news this week as the young Somali singer/songwriter duo Iman and Siham Hashi formed FAARROW? Iman and Siham, were born in Mogadishu, Somalia and emigrated to Toronto, Canada as refugees. In an effort to master their fears and achieve their dreams, the sister duo moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 2006 to create a world of their very own achievements. They began recording there and within six shorts months, caught the attention of our nation’s top record label. Not forgetting where they came from, the sisters also serve as spokespersons with the U.N. Refugee Agency and are actively involved with humanitarian efforts for the United Nations and other organizations alike. In addition, the duo contribute to the empowerment of women through their business venture, WI$H CREATIVELY! Iman, meaning ‘FAITH’ and Siham, meaning “ARROW’ gives light to their name, FAARROW. More fitting as they’ve evolved and outgrown the name, Sweet Rush, their music has evolved into the highly anticipated and beautifully-rooted vibes of heavy beats and flows. Now working with industry heavy weights, Grammy award winning producers, NO I.D, and DJ Khalil, on their first album as FAARROW, the sisters continue to inspire their generation to strengthen their dreams, paint over today, and create their own tomorrows.