Veteran Somali female musician, Khadija Abdullahi Dalees passed away on Monday in Toronto, Canada, Somali government confirmed.
Confirming her death, Somali Information Minister, Abdirahman Omar Osman said Dalees was the first female singer heard on Radio Muqdisho in 1952.
“I am extending condolence on the death of Khadija Abdullahi Dalees, she was the first female musician sung on Radio Muqdisho in 1952,” said Osman in a twitter post.
Waxaan ka tacsiyadeynayaa geeridii fannaanada caanka ah ee Khadija Abdullahi Dalees. Dalees waxey aheyd gabadhii ugu horreysey ee ka heesta Raadiyo Muqdisho 1952dii waqtigaas oo uusan jirin aalada duubista, waxey iman jirtay istuudiyaha oo ay si toos ah u qaadi jirtey heesaha.
— Abdirahman O. Osman (@engyarisow) January 15, 2018
She was a prominent member of Wabari Band.
Dalees fled the country after fall of Somalia’s central government in 1990s.