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Ten Somali Artists & Entertainers To Watch In 2015

We list ten Somali artists from the literature, art, film & music worlds to keep an eye out in the coming year.


Diriye Osman [Visual Artist/Storyteller]

Photograph by Boris Mitkov.

Diriye Osman is a British-Somali visual artist and storyteller. He is the winner of the 2014 Polaris First Book Prize for his first book, Fairytales for Lost Children. Described as “powerful” and “raw” by the author Roxane Gay, Fairytales for Lost Children features short stories about Somali queer youth.

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Elaine is the Most Streamed South African Woman Artist

Elaine secures the number-one position on all three of Apple Music's 'Top Mzansi Females' charts.

Elaine continues to go from strength to strength and with good reason. The artist recently secured the top streaming positions on Apple Music's "Top Mzansi Female Artists of 2020", "Top Mzansi Female Albums of 2020" and "Top Mzansi Female Singles of 2020" charts. Moreover, several tracks featured on her debut EP Elements snatched seven spots on the "Top Mzansi Female Singles of 2020" chart. The stellar achievement comes shortly after having been announced as one of Apple Music's "Visionary Women" Campaign at just 21-years-old.
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