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Somalia: A Nation of Poets

Oratory is very important in Somalia. The Somalia culture is one that exalts poetry, storytelling and singing. Poetry is usually accompanied by drumming. This tradition is known as Gaaf. Once the drumming starts and the Gaaf is initiated, everyone becomes silent. The crowd listens to the person reciting the poem or singing, in order to assess and judge the worth of his/her work.

Posted on May 1, 2015 and filed under African Culture.