Somalia: New stage for music and threatre in Mogadishu

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Somalia:
New stage for music and threatre in Mogadishu

On 19 March 2012, live music sounded in Mogashu, Somalia’s capital, when the country’s national theatre was reopened.

The Somali National Theatre closed in the early 1990s when civil war broke out. Now, for an audience of around 1,000 people, the reopening of the theatre was marked with the showing of a local play, traditional music and comedy performances.

The UN-backed government is trying to re-establish control of the city after al-Shabab’s Islamists who banned music and all forms of public entertainment have been forced out.

Somalia’s President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed assured performers that the national theatre is an important part of attempts to revive the country’s institutions and will remain fully functioning.

Jabril Ibrahim Abdulle, who was one of the driving forces behind the opening of the theatre, told the BBC’s Focus on Africa programme: “People are saying if we can rebuild the theatre, we can rebuild our lives.”



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