Friday, June 05, 2020

قصيدة إقريقيا - بشيرالشيخ عمرغوث

إفريقيا

رغم القحط في الأرجاء
رغم الذل
رغم الفقر
رغم الظلام الملبد في الفيحاء
سأغني وأغني
وبسماع النغم
ستغمرني البهجة
رغم الداء

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إفريقيا
ستولد إفريقيا الجديد
من صرخة الأطفال
من ضياع كرامة الإنسان والأمان
من فوهة البركان
ويستيقط المارد العنيد
قوياً
جاهدا
يكسر الأغلال والحديد
معلناً
الأستقلال من جديد

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إفريقيا
هل تسمع الدفوف
والقرع في الطبول
فالشاعر المغمور
لم يغلبه الخمول
فاليوم "سوينكا"1
قد سكت الفحول
وبكرة من يؤول
فالشعر في البحور
في دربك المهجور
يكون في القبور
لم يصمت الـ " سنجور"2
والعاشق المقهور
"محمد الفيتور"3

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وقالت لي السمراء
تعاتبني
وتنظرني
كأني صرت كالحرباء
ومن غيري تكون السمراء؟
أتهتفها
أم تمقتها
أم تروي قصة الأعداء
أكون أنا
بلا إنتماء؟
وبإسمي
حتى إسمي
أكون به من الإماء
ولغيري يكون بهاء
أين التاريخ يا بلهاء؟

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فقلت لها
وأنا في دومة الأعياء
أيا أماه
كذا وُلدنا
كذا وُجدنا
كذا حفظنا
دورس الإملاء
أنك وحدك السوداء
وغيرك البيض والسمراء

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فقالت
يا لها من أبناء
أُناس يحفظ الإملاء
يُدوّن الآراء
كل ما قاله السفهاء
ولا يُجيد لي إصغاء
أروي لهم أساطيري
أروج روح أفكاري
فلا فخر لأمجادي
ولا أذنٌ لآمالي
فيا ويلي من الأبناء
ويا ويلي من الإستهزاء.

                                                      بشير الشيخ عمر غوث (10 يناير 1987)

1- سوينكا : هو وولي سوينكا كاتب مسرحي شهير من نيجيريا حائز على جائزة نوبل للأداب عام 1986
2- سنجور: ليبولد سدار سينغور كان شاعرا مرموقاً وأديباً عالمياً وأول رئيس للسنغال توفي عام  2001 وكان فيلسوف نظرية الزنوجة التي كان الشاعر المرتنيكي ايميه سيزار من روادها.

3- محمد الفيتور: هو محمد الفيتوري كان شاعراً سودانيا بارزا يعد من رواد الشعر الحر الحديث وكان يلقب بشاعر أفريقيا والعروبة توفي في أبريل عام 2015

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Women and singing in Somali culture by Bashir Goth

Singing is not only an integral part of daily life for Somali women but also a medium through which they can express their grievances and criticise paternalistic social norms that have solidified men’s hegemony over women and limited their social participation to certain stereotyped roles. From a mother’s lullabies to work songs, folkloric dance lyrics and the famous buraanbur genre, Somali women’s sung poetry conveys messages and stories about their status in society

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Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Bal Eeg (Gudniin ) A poem in Somali on Female Genital Mutilation with English translation



Quraanka iyo ilayska bal eeg
Waxan Eebbe ku sheegin bal eeg
Awowgaa ku dhaqmaayey bal eeg
Ayaad aayado mooddee bal eeg
Anbad baad ku jirtaaye bal eeg
Aqligaaga u fiirso bal eeg

Upon the Quran, the light, reflect
on what God said, reflect
and that which He did not say, reflect.
Reflect, if you may, and you will know it is only
but a custom, a tradition of your forefathers
that you mistook for God’s command.
Reflect, if you may, and you will know
that you indeed have lost your way
Reflect, if you may, and surely
you will return to your sound mind!

Ilaahay asturaadda bal eeg
Siduu meesha u uumay bal eeg
Inaan eediba gaadhin bal eeg
Malko loogu adkeeyey bal eeg
Arxan loogu dhammeeyey bal eeg
Asalkii nolosheena bal eeg

Upon how God protected the organ, reflect
Upon how God created it, reflect
Reflect, if you may, on how God kept it
safe from all harm
Upon how God made it Impregnable, reflect
Reflect, if you may, on how God endowed it
with all care and mercy
Upon the origin of our life, reflect.

Si aanay u asqoobin bal eeg
Ummushu uga irdhoobin bal eeg
Ilmaheeda u hiifin bal eeg
Ilaahay asmadiisa bal eeg
Elaastiigga ka yeelay bal eeg
Adna aad ku adkaysay bal eeg.

Upon how God spared the mother
From anguish and despair, reflect
on how God spared her from
resenting her offspring, reflect
Reflect, if you may, on how God shows us his signs
by fashioning the organ elastic;
Reflect, on how you insist on constricting it
and mutilating it, reflect.

Ib ilaahay baneeyey bal eeg
Inaad awddo awoodda bal eeg
Keligaa isa siisay bal eeg
Noloshii unkamaysay bal eeg
Ama tii Imanaysay bal eeg
Afaafkeeda ka oodday bal eeg

Reflect, if you may, on how God cleared the passage
And upon how audaciously you allow yourself
to close it, reflect.
Reflect, if you may, on how much power
You endow yourself with
by blocking the way to the life being conceived
and blocking the way to the life being born
O reflect on that, if you may!

Araggeegiyo nuurka bal eeg
Raxmaddaa ifka joogta bal eeg
Adna uub u qodayso bal eeg
Ubaxaa ad il duuftay bal eeg
Aynigeega dilayso bal eeg
Aqligaaga u fiirso bal eeg.

O reflect, if you may, on how glowing
how perfect she is
O reflect, if you may, on this mercy
that Heaven gifted the world
O reflect, if you may, on how  
you insist on burying her
O reflect, if you may, on that bloom
You failed to see;
O reflect, upon the grace you kill,
O reflect, if you may, and surely
you will return to your sound mind

                                    Bashir Goth, Wednesday 15th Jan. 2014.

Audio version

Monday, April 02, 2018

A Tribute to Winnie Mandela

Today, 2nd April 2018, Winnie Mandela, known as the mother of the nation during the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, the Iconic woman who held Mandela's memory up high the long years he was in prison, died at the age of 81. In 1987 at the height of South Africa's struggle, I wrote the following poem in Somali in celebration of her heroic campaign. It carried the title Amandala or power in Zulu which was Winnie's iconic defiant salute to the people. 


AMANDALA

Winniyeey habeenimo
Dabkaad hurisayee baxay
Hillaacii ka muuqdiyo
Hadawgii ka soo kacay
Hiinraagga beerkiyo
Guux halaanhalkaagii
Badda hooraheegiyo
Hirka soo jibaaxyoo
Hiirtaanyo weyniyo
Afrikada hammuuniyo
Holac weyn ku noolee

Hiyigii dalooshamay
Nabarkii hagaadee
Huuryadu ku noolayd
Soo celi hafeeftii

Himbiriirsi araggii
Heegadu dul saarnayd
Hummaaggii wax kala arag

Horaadkii qombobayee
Ilmuhu uu la huudmiyo
Hooyo naasaheegii
Haaneedki soo curay

Odayadu hillaabtii
Haaraysay dhabarkee
Qarniyaal dul hogatiyo
HAYEDII ka dootame

Hoobeeyadaadii
Carruurtii ku heestoo
Ubixii horseed noqoy

NELSON hiigsigiisii
Dayrka lagu hagoogiyo
Kuma huudmin jeelkoo
Gacantaada hodankaa
Markaad sare u hidiseed
Amandala ku heestaa
Shicibkii hongobee
Ciilkuu haleeliyo
Geeduhu hadleenoo
Dalku hooyo kaa dhigay

Anigana hammuuntii
Halgankaagu kiciyaa
Hollinaysa beerkoo
Magacaaga hiirtaan
Habeenkiyo dharaartii
Ku hammoonayaayoo

Hareeraha SOWETIYO
Hoygaaga BRADFORD
Yaan u heelanahayoo
Hambalyiyo salaaniyo
Ubax dhiig halyeey iyo
Haween gocashadoodiyo
Hadaaqii dhallaankiyo
Lagu habay xusuus baan
Kuula soo hagaagoon
Kuula soo habqamayaa.


Bashir Sh. Omer Good (Goth)
April 4, 1987

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Somali music through the ages by Bashir Goth, special for Music in Africa

From its groundbreaking origins in balwo, modern Somali music of the late 20th Century phased through many genres including heello, waddani, qaraami, benadiri, jazz, reggae and others. Although music will continue to be created by Somalis wherever they set foot in the world, it is undeniably the music of the 1960s through the 1980s that remains the epitome of the potential of Somali music, as it encapsulates the collective musical memory of the Somali people.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Africa’s democracy outgrows foreign preaching by Bashir Goth, Special to Gulf News

Kenyan polls is the first time that an African court invalidated the vote won by a sitting president based on the merits of the constitution and election law

Gulf News, 13 Sept. 2017--1For as long as anyone can remember, it has been the western world dictating the norms of democracy to Africa and the rest of the world. No matter the efforts by these countries, the West’s imposing standards of democracy were nearly impossible to achieve. Especially when those standards required witnesses and results endorsed by international observers. But not anymore.

Watching Chief Justice David Maraga’s powerful opening statement during his announcement of the Supreme Court’s historic decision to invalidate the Kenyan presidential elections held on August 8 and his call for fresh elections in 60 days, I could not help but recall the words of one of Africa’s independence icons and Cold War martyrs Patrice Lumumba.

In a letter from his prison cell to his son and by extension to Africa’s future generations, Lumumba said: “The day will come when history will speak. But it will not be the history which will be taught in Brussels, Paris, Washington or the United Nations. It will be the history which will be taught in the countries which have won freedom from colonialism and its puppets. Africa will write its own history and in both north and south it will be a history of glory and dignity.”

READ MORE in Gulf News

Saturday, August 12, 2017