COVID-19 claims the life of renowned Somali musician

Mohamud Ismail Hussein, popularly called Hudeydi, who was a renowned Somali musician and oud player died on April 7 in London because of COVID-19.

Since the 1950s, Mohamud Ismail Hussein, 92, had been a renowned figure among the Somalis in the Horn of Africa and around the world. He was born in 1928 in Berbera, North West Somalia and has been playing oud since the age of 18. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Somali Awards held in London in 2018.

Remembering Hudeydi, veteran Somali artist Abdi Dhuh said, “He was a musician, poet and songwriter in his nearly six-decade-long career. I cannot sum up his rich music history. I can say he immensely contributed to the Somali arts scene”.

Another Somali artist, Mohamed Hassan Barrow, said “Hudeydi was a Somali music and national icon, patriot, and I remember him with the love songs he wrote and how he played oud.”

With Ismail Hussein’s death, COVID-19 by far has claimed the lives of two renowned figures, former Somali Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein being the first.

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