Passionate about his people’s struggle, the Somali-born British singer is working on his next EP, Somali Songs from the Diaspora 2
Who are you currently listening to?
I’m listening to the Somali bands of the late 1970s and 1980s, especially Waaberi, Iftin and Dur-Dur. They all had distinct sounds in those days.
I recently had the opportunity to undertake some workshops with kids in school and I thoroughly enjoyed it
What was the last book you enjoyed reading?
Black Mamba Boy by Nadifa Mohamed. I thoroughly enjoyed the descriptive storytelling and the historical context of her book. As a Somali immigrant myself, it was relatable to me on many levels.
Which football team do you support?
I support Wamy FC, an orphanage school team in Isiolo, Kenya. I became involved with them after the death of one of my closest friends in that area. I have no time to support clubs and players who know nothing about my people’s struggles.
Which famous deceased people would you have liked to host a dinner party for?
The Somali freedom fighter Sayid Mohamed Abdullah Hassan, the Somali nationalist Hawo Tako, Imam Ahmed Gurey and social activist Elman Ali Ahmed.
What is your guilty pleasure?
I watch [Eddie Murphy’s] Coming to America on repeat and can recite most of the script line by line.
What job would you do if you weren’t a musician?
Probably a teacher. I recently had the opportunity to undertake some workshops with kids in school and I thoroughly enjoyed it.