Khadija Abdullahi Daleys, The Mother of Somali Music, Has Passed Away
The legendary singer was 81.
Khadija Abdullahi Daleys, a Somali musical trailblazer, passed away over the weekend in Toronto, Canada, reports BBC News. She was 81.
Daleys was a symbol of Somali women's rights. She began her decades-long career in 1952, when she became the first women to make it onto the Radio Mogadishu. She is credited with being the first female Somali recording artist in history. She was also a member of the popular Somali musical troupe, Waaberi.
She was honored by the Somali Museum of Minnesota last month for her indelible contributions to music last month.
Several members of the Somali community, by whom she was widely celebrated, have taken to social media to share tributes to the legendary singer.
Rest in Peace to my dear friend Khadija Abdullahi "Daleys". Daleys was Somalia's first woman singer. A woman who li… https://t.co/CgWnesCStf— Hilaac (@Hilaac)1516102220.0
Rest in Peace to my dear friend Khadija Abdullahi "Daleys". Daleys was Somalia's first woman singer. A woman who li… https://t.co/YFm5WwHkqQ— Hodan Nalayeh (@Hodan Nalayeh)1516011443.0
In remembrance of beloved Khadija Daleys - she was pro #PanAfrican May God Bless her soul in heaven.💝🙏 Khadija Abd… https://t.co/GXR2mNIHTf— GuledWiliq (@GuledWiliq)1516130364.0
Today the world lost one of the greatest Somali icons, Khadija Abdullahi Daleys, singer, songwriter, actress and ac… https://t.co/PPcCDYovKD— Asha Noor (@Asha Noor)1516052278.0
My condolence to legendary songstress Khadija Abdullahi Ali aka Daleys who passed on in Canada. Daleys, a member of… https://t.co/zv11WVt2PU— Sen. Abshir Axmad (@Sen. Abshir Axmad)1516013289.0
Rest in Peace to Khadija Abdullahi "Daleys". Daleys was one of the first Somali women singers in our country. Allah… https://t.co/38oJY6q9p7— Abdi Kadir A Azzis (@Abdi Kadir A Azzis)1516015783.0
#Breakingnews : Khadija Abdullahi also known as Daleys, a veteran Somali musician and a prominent member of Waaber… https://t.co/aw7NHO5Wy2— Goobjoog News. (@Goobjoog News.)1516002526.0