Xaliimo Khaliif Magool


Kii Dhab ah Jacalkuna

Hoheey Afrikaay Hurudooy



Jaceylkii ku dhego tira

Dhimbilo qurac 


Ubax la mood 

Immadadaali daali 

Dadnimada aqoonso

Shimbiryahow ma duushaa


    Xaliimo Khaliif Magool, a luminary of Somali music known as “Magool ” or “flower,” graced the world with her presence and her voice, leaving an enduring legacy that resonates across continents. Born in the 1940s in Galkayo, Somalia, into a family steeped in spirituality and culture, she embarked on a musical odyssey that would see her become the beloved “Hooyadii Fanka ” (Mother of Artistry). Her journey took her from the stages of Hargeysa with the Waaberi ensemble to becoming a national treasure known for her ability to blend deep emotion and powerful delivery in songs that spoke of love, patriotism, and social commentary. Magool’s unparalleled talent for memorizing extensive lyrics showcased her as a versatile artist whose contributions became foundational to the Somali music scene. 

    Despite challenges, including a self-imposed exile, Magool’s star never dimmed. She returned to Somalia to a hero’s welcome, marking a historic moment with a concert that remains one of the most significant in Somali music history. Her artistic journey was intertwined with her personal life, including a significant marriage to Lt. Mohammed Nur Galal and a close relationship with her nephew, the renowned Somali-Canadian artist K’naan. Magool’s voice, described as clear, powerful, and tender, made her exceptional in love songs, touching hearts with a sense of sweetness and longing.

    On March 19, 2004, the world bid farewell to Magool, as she passed away in a hospital in Amsterdam, leaving behind no direct descendants but a legacy immortalized in her music. Her passing was a moment of profound loss for the Somali people and the global community that had embraced her artistry. Magool remains a cherished icon, symbolizing the rich cultural heritage and resilient spirit of Somalia. Her life’s work continues to inspire new generations, ensuring that her voice, like a deeply rooted tree, remains steadfast and unshakeable in the annals of Somali music history.