R.I.P. Shiikh Cabdi (Iftin's Guitarist)
Cabdi Cabdullaahi Maxamed ("Shiikh Cabdi") sadly passed away a few weeks ago in Denmark, where he's been ill for sometime. He started his career with the band Nalkad in Mogadishu in 1973. After a short stint with Bakaaka in Kismaayo, a port city in the South of Somalia, he joined Iftin in 1977 and played on many of their albums till the onset of the civil war in 1991. With the death of Shiikh Cabdi, Somali music has lost a self-taught, talented, versatile, innovative and intuitive guitarist and a warm, engaging and friendly personality. A.U.N../R.I.P.!
I've quite a few Iftin tapes on which Shiikh Cabdi has played lead but the sound quality has, unfortunately, disintegrated. Here is a compilation of tracks which have slightly or reasonably defied the warped static teeth and the wrath of the times.
1. Xuduud Ma leh Xubigaan
2. Wacad Beena Ma Roonee
3. Hab Isii
4. Cantar iyo Ceebla
5. Naf Jacayl Haleelay
6. Ma Hurdee Habeenkii
7. Ul iyo Diirkeed
8. Xubi Xoog Magalee
The tracks above and others can be downnloaded here.
PS. I've just added the two live tracks below. They are only individually downloadable.
Daaadba Daadkii Ka Ween Waa La Duulaa (Live)
Shukri I Shumi Shooblow Ka Shiix (Live)