- Category: Biography
Actress and singer, Saba Anglana was born in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, during General Muhammad Siyad Barre's regime. Due to the family's mixed-marriage status (Saba's father was Italian, and her mother Ethiopian, both persecuted by the regime), the Anglanas were forced to flee to the father's homeland when Saba was five years old. Saba was thereafter raised in Italy, eventually rising to national prominence as a television and theatre actress.
Her Somali roots remained an important focus. She studied the native language with her mother, particularly the regional dialect of Xamar Weyne, and connected to her native country through music.
Jidka-The Line marked her solo debut in 2008, mixing the traditional sounds of Anglana's home country with contemporary flourishes. The album has been released worldwide by the british label World Music Network and Saba’s song were included in international collections with singers like Sally Niolo and Miriam Makeba.
In the following years Saba releases three other albums. In "Biyo- Water is Love" (2010) the artist focuses her attention on her Ethiopian roots and on water, with the world issues related to its exploitation: AMREF chose her as spokesperson and testimonial for media campaigns about health and human rights.
In 2012, after a long trip as an ambassador of the humanitarian organization, she publishes "Life Changanyisha" (trans. “Life mixes us"). Saba receives in the same year the Italian Soul Award for music.
In 2014 the artist is on stage with her monologue "Mogadishow", in the official playbill of the Teatro Stabile di Torino. Saba also works as an author and radio presenter for programs of Rai Radio 2, Radio 3 and Radio Switzerland. Her latest album, recorded between Ethiopia and Italy, is titled "Ye Katama Hod" (trans. "The belly of the city").