featuring Maxamed BK, Sahra Ilays and Da’ud Ali Masahaf

UK Debut tour
1 November London
Logan Theatre, 20 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AL
15 November Bristol
Colston Hall, Colston Street BS1 5AX
20 November Birmingham
The Drum, Potters Lane B6 4UU
21 November Liverpool (2 shows Afternoon performance & Evening performance)
Philharmonic Hall, Hope Street L1 9BP
26 November Sheffield
Sheffield Theatres, 55 Norfolk Street, S1 1DA
More dates to be added

In a unique show, the most popular Somali singers Maxamed BK and Sahra Ilays make UK debuts, with Somali band mixing modern with tradition.

Mohamed BK is a vocalist, songwriter and music composer, and the lead singer of Xidigaha Geeska, the first band to emerge after the war, and the most popular band in the Horn of Africa. Maxamed BK is the son of one of the most popular folklore dancers Said Erigawaabi. As a young child he followed his father’s love for arts and culture learning the Oud and singing songs from the golden era. But it was when he moved to Hargeysa, Somaliland, forming the hit band that he became a national icon. Now a massively popular solo artist, he is a permanent feature of radio TV and concert stages in his Somali homeland.

Sharing top billing with him is the wonderful Sahra Ilays, a highly talented vocalist, and folklore dancer. From Somaliland, Sahra Ilays began her musical career as a vocalist in the iconic band Waaberi. Among the youngest members of this national institution – the most popular band in Somali history, Sahra now has an established solo career as well as some hugely popular duets with Maxamed BK.

To complete this great line-up is Da’ud Ali Masahaf. Da’ud is second only to Hudaydi, the king of Somali oud when it comes to musicianship and technique. A multi-instrumentalist he is also a great violist and well known composer. After the civil war in Mogadishu he moved to Djibouti, where he is part of the Djibouti cultural scene.

Somali Stars is likely to be the most popular Somali music event in the UK so expect a road block!

The tour is part of Track Change a touring initiative supported by Arts Council England