the musical sound of Ibrahim
Djama Hadaaf, it is him. Behind the musical sound of Ismail
Aynan, it is him. Behind Aden Farah
it is him. Behind Hodan Haji
, it is him. Behind Fadoun Doualeh, it is him. Behind ...
, it is him. Behind ... , it is him. To him that is Ibrahim Mohamed Suleiman
, more known under the sobriquet of Ibrahim B (ibrahim Bey). This musician, genius in his time, rest for number of Djiboutians or at least for the new generation an unknown. We have naturally embodied this article to try to recall his career and his work as a lesson in history for some but also for the purpose of reviving the scents and memories of another era for others. Memories
Who is Ibrahim Bey
Quite simply an unknown for most Djiboutians. Yet Ibrahim Mohamed Suleiman was one of the most talented musicians that this country has known. Born
, son of a fisherman of lobster/crawfish, of Sudanese
origin, this man has marked the music of his time. In a 20-year career, he has accompanied almost all the great names of the Djibouti music
expression. And as well as orchestra conductor. The lovers of the art of the country gave him the title of the 2nd pianist national of the country, behind the late Yonis Saleh
Ibrahim Bey is a native of Quartier 6. He will begin his learning of arabic and the Quran in a "Madrasa
" named Fowz located in this time to Quartier 3. His artistic vocation was, according to him, a destiny. At small age of only 14 years, he was travelling to the headquarters of an art troupe of these years. Headquarters
located in Quartier 1.
This troupe called "Israaca jabuuti" who has occupied the lead scene in the years fifty and sixty greeted him.
Said Abdi, Ibrahim
Djama Hadaaf, Ismail Hassan
Abdo nasser Awaleh Cheik but also Ali Tamam
, Mohamed Nahari
, Taha Mohamed Abdallah
and many others there were part of. The orchestra of this troupe committed to the Radio
of the country was simple. It was composed of a lute, a violin, and a flute. It is Taha Mohamed who, noting his intelligence and his love for music, gave him his first accordion lessons. It should be noted that the musicians of this band were of Arab origin.
it is in 1964
that Ibrahim Bey landed in the court of the greats. Because it is at this time that he joined his first musical troupe. A troupe of the name of " les Artistes Associes
which was created in that year. les « Artistes Associes" had in its ranks the some of the most respected artists in the country, among which Ibrahim Gadhle, Hassan
Qalinleh "Baaris, also , Abdillahi Aden
"Qarbooshe". Or even other big names like Hadaaf, Ismail Aynan, Ali Warsame "Aflo", Barni
Abdillahi ... etc. This troupe committed to the Radio of the country had as president a man named Mahamoud Omar
"xamud" who was then the leader of the Somali service.
Our artist, Ibrahim Bey, began his career by repeating the famous Sudanese songs interpreted among other by the famous Mohamed Wardi. We will not fail to clarify that Ibrahim Bey was a versatile artist, because not only a musician, singer but also an actor who has played in many parts and plays/sketches. Singer
, he has interpreted between other songs that or he is accompanied by Hodan Haji: Markaan ku eegaba/ Midab Kaaga
wacan baan/ If muhanayaayoo/ Meel baad ii goyso/ Inkastoon is maanaco/ Kaa Maarmi maaye/ Muxubadan ii haysaa / Adna midigta ii dhiib/ etc ...
Ibrahim will interpret also other songs alone or for example with Fadoun Doualeh.
But it is as a musician that Ibrahim Bey will do his utmost career with "the associated artists ". In fact he is behind almost all the songs of this time as " Somar, Somar, Somar/ Sagalkii arooryay Somar, Somar, Somar etc ... interpreted by Ali Warsame or "Haddey cawa timaado/ waan u ciidi laha / u ciyaari laha /" interpreted by Abdi Qais or "carceer" interpreted by the
brother of Abdi Qais in this case Abdillahi Aden. It is the song which says waxaan ahay cadkiisi / nimu aashaq diirto/ cududaha dhameeye/ etc ...
remember the latter interpreted by Ismail Aynan because it is always Ibrahim Bey which ensures the music: Dar baan/ Duhurkii sameeyayo/ Malaha Dayibbaa/ Iga duminaayo/ Haduna i daynin/ . We cannot quote all of the songs that this artist accompanied with the group "the associated artists" and with the troupe Gacan-Macan, that he will integrate in 1972
(date of its creation).
note that Ibrahim Bey will integrate in May 1977
the Afar musical troupe "Egla
Maxo ". With this last, Ibrahim will ensure the orchestra leader in accompanying songs, such as "Asabada bandirata " and " Yiney Yibaaxu ".
It is with this troupe that he will celebrate the independence of our country and also end his career in 1984
- published: 09 May 2014
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