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Samatar gets Lifetime Achievement Award

By: Ato Shaair
August 8,2010

Minneapolis, Minnesota – Hassan Aden Samatar, the legendary Somali singer and one of the most famous Somali entertainers,  received a lifetime achievement award from the Somali community in Minnesota in a tribute dinner and gala party held Saturday night in Minneapolis.

The award was presented to Samatar by Eagle Media and leaders of the Community.

Abdirahman Kahin of Eagle Media who organized the successful gala said to award Samatar was long overdue. “Eagle Media wanted to do it years ago but we were just waiting Hassan Aden Samatar to return to Minnesota,” Said Kahin.

Adar Kahin-  no relation to Abdirahman Kahin – a contemporary of Samatar who acted with him in a play in the eighties, implored from the audience the reason Somali artists’ work are not recognized.  “We watch shows on TV here in North America where they award artists all the time and I tell you these are not as great as my beloved brother Samatar. Why not we Somalis do it and appreciate our legends?,” wondered Adar.

Hassan Aden Samatar was born into an artistic family in Dinsoor in Bay Region, Somalia, on 1953. He began his primary and elementary schooling in the same city and continued his secondary schooling in Mogadishu, the Somali capital. After graduation at young age, Hassan wanted to go to Italy for college but the moment that changed his life happened when friends encouraged him to take part in the “Hirgilinta Heesaha” program, Somalia’s equivalent of American Idol. This was in 1971 and he won the contest and soon was inducted into the leading Somali troupe of Waaberi and became a leader in Somali music and theatre.

Hassan Aden sings in Somalia’s two dialects  -Maay and Maxaay – with ease and passion. Hassan is regarded for his theatrical performance and powerful melodies and vocals. He acted in more than two dozen plays from melodramatic and socially conscious plays to romantic ones. Hassan Aden is equally celebrated by the young and the old because of his charisma and performance .

Hassan credits his artistic achievement being exposed to Somali folklore and cultural festivals at young age. “As a young boy growing up in Diinsoor, I used to go to town center to watch dances and celebrations by townsfolk. these were mesmerizing and I think because of seeing all of that I always wanted to sing and perform,” said Hassan. He encouraged Somali parents in the Diaspora to teach the rich Somali culture, specially songs and poems to their kids so that they will appreciate the beauty of their culture and be proud of it.

Hassan is humanitarian who participated in many concerts to raise funds for different causes such as building schools and clinics in Somalia and raising money for those displaced by violence.

Samatar now lives in Toronto, Canada and usually comes to Minnesota to hold concerts and to sing at Somali events.

Source: Mashriq

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    @ 6/28/2020 2:20 AM EST
 Abdi Tadicha Dando
    magudbe @ 8/16/2010 6:41 PM EST
 "very humble"..( b4 someone jumps the g*n) here denotes..
being unprententious.. being modest if you.. not being arrogant.
    magudbe @ 8/16/2010 6:27 PM EST
 Fiqi.. I concur.. live and let live..the rule of thumb should
be(in this forum or in general) .. speak ur mind without antagonizing others,  puting down someone or playing the "holier
than thou" attitude is uncalled for. I see Mr. Hassan , as a Somali artist, who enjoys what he do.. very sociable..congenial at best..
very generous.. very funny (always ready with a joke,at times with Maay twist to it). Tribalism(Somaliness is what espouses) is the last thing in his mind.
very humble, ready to help others. Congrats to him..
    fiqicigaal @ 8/16/2010 5:08 PM EST
 Well to be honest with you folks, his songs do not press the right buttons for me but if others enjoy listening his music or congarulate him then I have no problem with that because the last thing I want to do is to judge others while I as a human being may dismiss my own fault or the faults of those who I politically support.

Nothing good is good enough to maryolay!  
    magudbe @ 8/16/2010 2:02 PM EST
 [email protected] is, as a Somali as Qurac..I think those who were
@bused (physical1y and s*[email protected] ) in their [email protected] are
manifesting that trait in public forums.. [email protected], l0w life,[email protected] outlook of life. Samanatar
is Somali legend , what he does with life .. s1nging or [email protected]
is no body's business. least he did not go out donning
[email protected]/Kham*s.( green one at that.. the most ug1y looking). Sporting a henna [email protected] beard.. k1lling,
[email protected] n [email protected] his way into other ppl's proper1ty.Samatar is as a Somali as
The Haruub.(caanaha lagu cabo). Mind you this(comment) coming from someone from Puntland. go figure
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