Abdi Sinimo

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Abdi Sinimo
Birth name Cabdi Deeqsi Warfaa
Born 1920s
Jaarahorato, Somalia
Genres Somali music
Instruments vocals
Years active 1940s-1970s

Abdi Sinimo (Somali: Cabdi Siniimoo, Arabic: سنيمو‎) (born 1920s), is a Somali singer and songwriter. He is noted for having established the balwo genre of Somali music.[1][2]


Sinimo was born in the 1920s in Jaarahorato, an historical village situated 25 miles (40 km) north-east of Borama, Somalia. He was the fourth son in a family of 18 children, consisting of nine boys and nine girls.[citation needed]

The first band Sinimo created was in Borama during 1944 and it was called Balwo. Members of his band were:

  • Abdi Deqsi Warfa (Abdi Sinimo)
  • Kobali Ashad
  • Hussen Are Mead
  • Hashi Warsame
  • Khadija Eye Dharar (Khadija Balwo)
  • Nuriya Atiq


  1. ^ Abdullahi, p.172
  2. ^ Johnson, p.xv