Legendary Somali singer Khadija Abdullahi Daleys dies at 81

Khadija Daleys

Legendary Somali singer, Khadija Abdullahi Daleys has died in Toronto, Canada at the age of 81.

Somali information minister Abdirahman Osman announced Daleys’ passing on his Twitter account. She rose to fame in 1952 when she became the first Somali artist to sing on the state-run Radio Mogadishu, Osman said.

The singer was once a member of the Waaberi Band, a well-known Somali music and dance troupe. The minister did not disclose the cause of death of the singer’s death. Privately-owned Radio Goobjoog said Daleys was ill for some time and died in a hospital in Toronto, Canada.

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