Sahra Halgan is an emblematic artist from Somaliland, a territory situated in the north of Somalia, de facto independent since 1991, following a terrible civil war. Her songs, in a pure un-artificial musical form, show the world of Somaliland people, their sufferings and joys. Sahra’s engagement gave her the status of symbol of liberty among the Somaliland diaspora. She spreads the message of recognition of her country, for stability and against violence.
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, as a political refugee and settled over decades in Lyon, France.
Sahra Halgan 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.
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 eastAfrican 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…
Sahra Halgan • Lead Vocal – Hand claps
Maël Saletes • Electric Guitar – Backing Vocal
Aymeric Krol • Percussion – Kamalengoni – Backing vocal
|September 23||Shanghai||World Music Festival|
|September 24||Shanghai||World Music Festival|
|September 28||Harbin||Grand Theater|
|September 29||Tianjin||Grand Theater|
|September 30||Taipei||Migration Festival|