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The internationally-renowned oud player Ahmed Ismail Hussein, known as Hudeydi, has died in London at the age of 92. Reports indicate he died from Covid-19 after four days in hospital. Calling him one of the founding fathers of Somali music, Hanna Ali, the artistic director of the UK-based Kayd Somali Arts and Culture centre , said Hudeydi’s music “embodied the sound of the long struggle to freedom and independence” in the statement. Born in Berbera in what is now Somaliland in 1928, Hudeydi became a well-known figure as a composer and musician throughout the late 1950s and 1960s during the anti-colonial movement and decolonisation period. His music became popular beyond Somali borders an... Full story

10 April