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Hasan Gure Performs a Somali Freedom Song

Hasan Gure is a musician, social worker, community scholar, and Somali immigrant dedicated to preserving Somali culture and traditions in the USA. Here, at the 1997 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, he performs a Somali freedom song celebrating Somali independence proclaimed from Britain and Italy on June 26, 1960. He plays the oud and is accompanied by Ghanaian immigrants Kwame Ansah Brew and Kofi Emmanuel Dennis on percussion. Find more music from Somalia at:'phrase' and more Ghanaian music at:'phrase' To learn more about Smithsonian Folkways visit To find out more about the Smithsonian Folklife Festival visit The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy ( Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.
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