Mogadishu (PP News Desk) — Abdi Tahlil Warsame, a legendary Somali singer, passed away today in Mogadishu after long illness. The Somali Federal Ministry of Information confirmed the death of the singer.

Born in 1952 in Wardheer district in the Somali region of Ethiopia, Warsame came to artistic prominence through Onkod, a song written by the Somali playwright Ahmed Suleyman Bidde.

A patriotic singer: Abdi Tahlil Warsame singing at the 2000 Somali Reconciliation Conference held at Arta in Djibouti

He joined Waaberi troupe before being transferred to Danan, the newly formed troupe of the former Somali Revolutionary Youth Organisation. Known for his distinctive vocalist’s voice, Warsame entertained several Somali generations who listened to his songs or went to plays he had participated as an actor and singer. The Federal Government of Somalia sent a message of condolence to the family of the late singer.

He was buried in Mogadishu today. At the funeral Abdirisaq Ahmed Geddi, a playwright and Somali literature lecturer, paid a moving tribute to Abdi Tahlil Warsame. Warsame is survived by thirteen children and a wife.

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