Magool born Halima Khaliif Omar, was a Somali singer.
In the 1970s, Magool sang famous patriotic songs while Somalia was at war with Ethiopia over the Ogaden. By the late 1970s, while she still interpreted love tunes, Magool also began singing Islamic songs that criticized Somalia’s then ruling military government. A self-imposed exile followed, which would last until 1987. Her concert of that year marking her return to the nation’s capital, titled “Mogadishu and Magool”, is to date the most successful concert in Somali history, with more than 15,000 people reportedly turning out in the city’s stadium.
Magool’s unique performances, ability to memorize entire albums’ worth of material in a matter of hours, and her deep, emotive voice would eventually earn her the title of Hoyadii Fanka, or “Mother of Artistry.”