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Xawaal Buuley village, Sablaale district, lower Shabeelle region, Somalia
Female chorus, Khamis, Xasan Cabdi (tabuul or liyoon [drum]), Muhuddinin, Maxamed aka 'Mukooyo' (singer, male/shareero [6 stringed lyre])
Item notes: Nuumbi (a dance for festive occasions), although varying in form, is to be found in many of Somalia's riverine villages: it is exclusive to people of Bantu origin; shareero lyre is always used and often the drums also; the triple time and relatively more complex rhythms stand in contrast to the less complex rhythms and normally duple time of most Somali music. Performer notes: Of the Digil dialect.