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Home >  Djibouti >  Culture >  Music

Djibouti Music



In the country of Djibouti which is a part of eastern Africa, has a long and rich historical past. There are two major ethnic groups in the country of Djibouti. Djibouti Music was practiced by the Somali and the Afar people. These wandering people played an important role in mounting the rich, rustic, conventional folk melody. Djibouti Music also comprises of the Somalis who are popular for their poetry.

The pastoral civilization that was prevalent in the earlier days is still in existence in the country of Djibouti in the form of music. Though the majority of the people reside in the urban areas, music is an integral part of their culture.

The national anthem of the country of Djibouti is “Djibouti” which was adopted in the year 1977. The lyric for the national anthem of the country was presented by Aden Elmi and the music for the anthem was given by Abdi Robleh. Abdi Deeqsi was a truck driver in Djibouti who had introduced “miniature poetry” in the country.

The Afar music of Djibouti is much alike Ethiopian music, which has the characteristic of rich Arabian music. The oral literature of Afar is also highly musical in nature. There are separate categories of songs for wedding, boasting, praise and war. Music Videos in Djibouti are composed by the musicians of Djibouti.

The music of Djibouti is also accompanied by the instruments of Djibouti. The instruments that are played by the musicians of Djibouti are bowl iyre and tanbura. One of the acclaimed musicians in the present day Djibouti is Abdalla Lee. Abdalla is also a guitarist.



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