HEELLOY - MODERN POETRY AND SONGS OF THE SOMALI
AUTHOR: John William Johnson |
PAPERCOVER: 241 PAGES | 2nd Edition |
FORWARD BY: B.W. Andrzejewski & Abdilahi Qarshi |
PUBLISHED: HAAN Publishing | UK |
ISBN: 978-1874-209812 |
POETRY | SONGS | SOMALI ART |
CONTAINS EXTENSIVE AMOUNT OF POPULAR SOMALI POETRIES |
CONTAINS EXTENSIVE AMOUNT OF POPULAR SOMALI SONGS |
HAS INDEPTH INDEX OF NAMES |
INDEX OF POEMS AND SONGS |
SECONF EDITION HAS BETTER SOMALI THAN 1ST EDITION |
EXTENSIVE ANALYSIS |
EXTREMELY USEFUL | IDEAL REFERENCE BOOK |
QUALITY PRINT | BAIGE PAPER |
EXTENSIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY |
ABOUT THE BOOK:
'Any outsider coming into contact with Somali culture soon discovers that the art of poetry is one of its dominant features.' This book investigates the development of modern Somali poetry as manifested in popular song called Heello. Just as art and creative expression is reflective of the lives and times against which it is said, so here the study of the Heello movement, fascinating in itself, provides us with a window on events and changing attitudes in Somali history during some significant decades of this century.
This is a completely new edition of the only scholarly work on the poetry of popular and mass culture among a people who are renowned for their passion for poetry. Johnson traces the Heello movement from its origins as a youth culture which in its early days was concerned with themes of love and pleasure. It later became the medium for freedom songs in the preindependence period, for the expression of modern political ideas, political protest, rallying songs and social comment, many examples of which are cited in this volume. Heello became the most dynamic form of Somali poetry in this century. This edition uses modern Somali script.
"In the choice of his poetic material and oral testimonies [Johnson] succeeded in winning the confidence and cooperation of some of the most renowned practitioners and connoisseurs of poetry in Somalia."
- B.W. Andrzejewski
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
John Wm. Johnson is Associate Professor at Indiana University and an established folklorist and Africanist. He has published widely on topics of legend, folk art, socio-political poetry, epic, and linguistics. This book is based on his field research in Somalia following his introduction to the country as a US Peace Corps volunteer in the late-1960s.