SAHRA HALGAN


Line up

  • Aymeric Krol (Percussions, chorus)
  • Mael Saletes (Guitar, chorus)
  • Sahra Halgan (Lead vocal)
  • country:
    Somalia
  • region:
    East Africa
  • style(s):
    • Traditional
    • World
  • label:
  • gender:
    female
  • instrumentation:
    instrumental, vocal
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Great-granddaughter and granddaughter of traditional singers, Sahra has been singing the repertoire inherited from her ancestors since her childhood. Despite her parents' disapproval and the discredit attached to women musicians in her native Somaliland, she has grown up and has started her career accompanying bands and playing in musicals.

When the war burst out in 1988 in Somaliland territory situated in north-eastern Somalia and formerly a British protectorate "Little Sahra" (Sahra Yart) commits herself and sings by the Walalo Hargeysa's sides, soldiers fighting for the independence of their country. On the front lines, Sahra acts as nurse for the Red Cross. In the middle of the jungle, she sings to allay the sufferings of the wounded soldiers. "Little Sahra" then becomes "Sahra the combatant" (Sahra Halgan), a nickname given to her by a separatist radio of the country. In a tight social and political context, she runs off the country in 1992.

Political refugee settled in Lyon, she is still actively supporting the cause of her country, self-proclaimed independent in 1991, but so far unrecognized by the international community. Since then, she is considered as an absolute musical icon of the country and as the voice of the Somalilandese community dispersed to the four corners of the world.

Her unique and atypical vocal identity has largely contributed to this recognition. Characteristic of the territories of eastern Africa, where the influences of the Middle-East and of Africa are intermingling, her voice surprises by its suppleness, its timbre and its originality; combining throat-voice, tribal inflexions, ululations and oriental ornamentations.

Since her arrival in France, Sahra Halgan has staged her atypical route and her musical family inheritance with the complicity of African musicians settled in Lyon. After the release of her first album in 2009, she has covered the stages of Europe and of the world, and she has endeavoured to make the very unrecognized somalilandese culture discovered by the European audience. "I haven't left Somaliland to go sightseeing, I didn't had the choice" says Sahra, in one of her song.

True ambassadress of her country's music, Sahra sings the nostalgia, the memory and the rips of the exile. With lightness and in shows full of emotions, she becomes a vibrant echo of Somaliland and sings love, peace and war. On stage, this great east-African voice with an incredible stage presence has a gift to take the audience to a unique journey where good mood and shared smiles are blending...

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Arriere petite-fille et petite-fille de chanteur traditionnel, Sahra Halgan chante depuis l'enfance le repertoire herite de ses ancetres. Malgre la desapprobation de ses parents et la mauvaise image des femmes musiciennes dans son Somaliland natal, elle a grandi et debute sa carriere artistique en accompagnant des groupes et en participant a des comedies musicales.
Lorsqu'en 1988, la guerre eclate au Somaliland - territoire situe au nord-est de la Somalie et autrefois protectorat Britannique - Petite Sahra s'engage et part chanter au cote des soldats luttant pour l'independance de son pays : les Walalo Hargeysa. Sur le front, Sahra s'improvise alors infirmiere pour la Croix Rouge. Au milieu de la jungle, elle chante pour adoucir les souffrances des blesses. Petite Sahra (Sahra Yart) devient alors Sahra la Combattante (Sahra Halgan), c'est ainsi que la surnomme une radio independantiste du pays. Dans un contexte social et politique tendu, elle fuit le pays en 1992.
Refugiee politique installee en region lyonnaise, elle continue de soutenir activement la cause de son pays autoproclame independant en mai 1991 mais a ce jour non reconnu par la communaute internationale. Depuis, elle est consideree comme une veritable icone musicale du pays et la voix de la diaspora somalilandaise dispersee aux quatre coins de la planete.
Son identite vocale unique et hors norme a largement participe a cette reconnaissance. Caracteristique des territoires d'Afrique de l'est ou se melent des influences du Moyen-Orient et d'Afrique, sa voix surprend par sa souplesse, son timbre et son originalite, combinant voix de gorge, inflexions tribales, youyous et ornementations orientales.
Depuis son arrivee en France, Sahra Halgan a mis en scene son parcours atypique et son patrimoine musical familial avec la complicite de musiciens installes a Lyon. Apres la parution de son 1er album en 2009, elle parcourt les scenes d'Europe et du monde et s'attache a faire decouvrir la culture somalilandaise tres meconnue aupres du public europeen. Je n'ai pas quitte le Somaliland pour faire du tourisme dans d'autres pays, je n'ai pas eu le choix dit-elle dans l'une de ses chansons. Veritable ambassadrice de la musique de son pays, Sahra en chante la nostalgie, le souvenir et les dechirures de l'exil. Avec legerete et dans des spectacles charges en emotions, elle se fait le vibrant echo du Somaliland et chante aussi l'amour, la paix et la fete. Et sur scene, cette grande voix de l'Afrique de l'Est a l'incroyable presence scenique a le don d'emmener le public dans un voyage unique ou se melent bonne humeur et sourires partages...

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Songs

1

Botor


Botor (Please install the Flash-PlugIn)
2

Nabad


3

Somaliland


Somaliland (Please install the Flash-PlugIn)
4

Ahaa, Ahaa, Ahaa





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