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Af Soomaali
Somali /səˈmɑːli, soʊ-/[4][5] (Af-Soomaali [æ̀f sɔ̀ːmɑ́ːlì])[6] is an Afroasiatic language belonging to the Cushitic branch. It is spoken as a mother tongue by Somalis
Somalis
in Greater Somalia
Somalia
and the Somali diaspora. Somali is an official language of Somalia, Somaliland,[7] a national language in Djibouti, and a working language in the Somali Region
Somali Region
of Ethiopia
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Music Of Somalia
The Music of Somalia
Somalia
refers to the musical styles, techniques and sounds of Somalia.Contents1 Overview1.1 Traditional Somali music2 History 3 Music institutions 4 List of Somali musicians 5 See also 6 Notes 7 ReferencesOverview[edit] Traditional Somali music[edit]Somali oud player Nuruddin Ali Amaan. Somalia
Somalia
has a rich musical heritage centered on traditional Somali folklore. Somali songs are pentatonic. That is, they only use five pitches per octave in contrast to a heptatonic (seven note) scale such as the major scale. At first listen, Somali music might be mistaken for the sounds of nearby regions such as Ethiopia, Sudan
Sudan
or the Arabian peninsula, but it is ultimately recognizable by its own unique tunes and styles
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Middle East
The Middle East[note 1] is a transcontinental region centered on Western Asia, Turkey
Turkey
(both Asian and European), and Egypt
Egypt
(which is mostly in North Africa). The corresponding adjective is Middle Eastern and the derived noun is Middle Easterner. The term has come into wider usage as a replacement of the term Near East
Near East
(as opposed to the Far East) beginning in the early 20th century. Arabs, Turks, Persians, Kurds, and Azeris (excluding Azerbaijan) constitute the largest ethnic groups in the region by population.[2] Minorities of the Middle East
Middle East
include Jews, Baloch, Greeks, Assyrians, and other Arameans, Berbers, Circassians
Circassians
(including Kabardians), Copts, Druze, Lurs, Mandaeans, Samaritans, Shabaks, Tats, and Zazas. In the Middle East, there is also a Romani community
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Replacement Character
Specials is a short Unicode
Unicode
block allocated at the very end of the Basic Multilingual Plane, at U+FFF0–FFFF. Of these 16 code points, five are assigned as of Unicode
Unicode
10.0:U+FFF9 INTERLINEAR ANNOTATION ANCHOR, marks start of annotated text U+FFFA INTERLINEAR ANNOTATION SEPARATOR, marks start of annotating character(s) U+FFFB INTERLINEAR ANNOTATION TERMINATOR, marks end of annotation block U+FFFC  OBJECT REPLACEMENT CHARACTER, placeholder in the text for another unspecified object, for example in a compound document. U+FFFD � REPLACEMENT CHARACTER used to replace an unknown, unrecognized or unrepresentable character U+FFFE <noncharacter-FFFE> not a character. U+FFFF <noncharacter-FFFF> not a character.FFFE and FFFF are not unassigned in the usual sense, but guaranteed not to be a Unicode
Unicode
character at all
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Unicode
Unicode
Unicode
is a computing industry standard for the consistent encoding, representation, and handling of text expressed in most of the world's writing systems. The latest version contains a repertoire of 136,755 characters covering 139 modern and historic scripts, as well as multiple symbol sets
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Greater Somalia
Greater Somalia
Somalia
(Somali: Soomaaliweyn, Arabic: الصومال الكبير‎) comprises the regions in or near the Horn of Africa in which ethnic Somalis
Somalis
live and have historically inhabited
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Somali Diaspora
The Somali diaspora
Somali diaspora
refers to expatriate Somalis
Somalis
who reside in areas of the world that have traditionally not been inhabited by their ethnic group. The civil war in Somalia
Somalia
greatly increased the size of the Somali diaspora, as many Somalis
Somalis
moved from Greater Somalia primarily to the Arabian peninsula, Western Europe, North America, Southern Africa
Southern Africa
and Australia
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Somali Region
The Ethiopian Somali State (Somali: Dawlada Deegaanka Soomaalida Itoobiya, Arabic: الدولة الاثيوبية المنطقة الصومالية‎) is the easternmost of the nine ethnic divisions (kililoch) of Ethiopia. The state borders the Ethiopian states of Afar, Dire Dawa
Dire Dawa
(Diridhawa), Oromia to the west, as well as Djibouti to the north, Somalia
Somalia
to the north, east and south, and Kenya
Kenya
to the south-west. Jigjiga
Jigjiga
has been the capital of the Somali Regional State. The capital had been Gode
Gode
since 1994
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Afar Language
The Afar language
Afar language
(Afar: Qafaraf) (also known as ’Afar Af, Afaraf, Qafar af) is an Afroasiatic language belonging to the family's Cushitic branch. It is spoken by the Afar people
Afar people
inhabiting Djibouti, Eritrea
Eritrea
and Ethiopia.Contents1 Classification 2 Geographic distribution 3 Official status 4 Phonology4.1 Consonants 4.2 Vowels and stress5 Syntax 6 Phonotactics 7 Writing system7.1 Latin alphabet8 See also 9 Notes 10 Bibliography 11 External linksClassification[edit] Afar is classified within the Cushitic branch of the Afroasiatic family
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Saho Language
The Saho language (Tigrinya: ሳሆኛ) is an Afro-Asiatic language spoken in Eritrea, Sudan and Ethiopia. It belongs to the family's Cushitic branch.Contents1 Overview 2 Notes 3 External links 4 Further readingOverview[edit] Saho is spoken natively by the Saho people. They traditionally inhabit territory in Eritrea
Eritrea
bounded by the bay of Erafayle in the east, the Laasi Ghedé valleys in the south, and the Eritrean highlands
Eritrean highlands
to the west (Akele Guzai, Shimejana). This speech area is bordered by other Afro-Asiatic-speaking communities, with Tigre speakers on the west and Afar speakers on the east. In Ethiopia, Saho or Assawort is primarily spoken in the Tigray Region
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Yemen
Coordinates: 15°N 48°E / 15°N 48°E / 15; 48Republic of Yemen اَلْـجُـمْـهُـوْرِيَّـة الْـيَـمَـنِـيَّـة (Arabic) al-Jumhūrīyah al-YamanīyahFlagEmblemMotto:  الله، اَلْـوَطَـن، اَلـثَّـوْرَة، اَلْـوَحْـدَة (Arabic) "Allāh, al-Waṭan, ath-Thawrah, al-Waḥdah" "God, Country, Revolution, Unity"Anthem: اَلْـجُـمْـهُـوْرِيَّـة الْـمُـتَّـحِـدَة (Arabic) al-Jumhūrīyah al-Muttaḥidah (English: "United Republic")Location of  Yemen  (red)Capital and largest city Sana'aOfficial languages ArabicReligion IslamDemonym Yemeni, YemeniteGovernment Provisional government• President
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Oromo Language
Oromo (pron. /ˈɒrəmoʊ/[3] or /ɔːˈroʊmoʊ/[4][5]) is an Afroasiatic language
Afroasiatic language
spoken in the Horn of Africa. It is the most widely spoken language in the family's Cushitic branch. Forms of Oromo are spoken as a first language by more than 24.6 million Oromo people and neighbouring peoples in Ethiopia
Ethiopia
and by an additional half million in parts of northern and eastern Kenya.[6] It is also spoken by smaller numbers of emigrants in other African countries such as South Africa, Libya, Egypt
Egypt
and Sudan. Oromo is a dialect continuum; not all varieties are mutually intelligible. The native name for the Oromo language
Oromo language
is Afaan Oromo, which translates to "mouth (language) of Oromo"
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Somali Civil War
Ongoing conflict[nb 1]Fall of the Supreme Revolutionary Council Consolidation of states Conflict between radical Islamists and the government De facto independence of Somaliland New governmentBelligerents1986–91: Somali Democratic Republic
Somali Democratic Republic
(until 1991)SNAAllied rebel groups:SNF (after 1991)1986–91: Armed rebel groups: SSDF SNM SPM USC1992–95:  United NationsUNOSOM I Unified Task Force UNOSOM II1992–93: USC2006–09: Transitional Federal Governm
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North America
North America
North America
is a continent entirely within the Northern Hemisphere and almost all within the Western Hemisphere; it is also considered by some to be a northern subcontinent of the Americas.[3][4] It is bordered to the north by the Arctic
Arctic
Ocean, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, to the west and south by the Pacific Ocean, and to the southeast by South America
South America
and the Caribbean
Caribbean
Sea. North America
North America
covers an area of about 24,709,000 square kilometers (9,540,000 square miles), about 16.5% of the earth's land area and about 4.8% of its total surface
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Linguasphere Observatory
The Linguasphere Observatory (or "Observatoire", based upon its original French and legal title: Observatoire Linguistique) is a transnational linguistic research network.Contents1 History 2 The Lingua sphere Register and Linguascale referential framework2.1 Examples 2.2 Languages of London 2.3 See also3 "Langues de la Liberté/Languages of Liberty" 4 "In the galaxy of languages, each person's voice is a star" 5 See also 6 References 7 External linksHistory[edit] It was created in Quebec
Quebec
in 1983 and was subsequently established and registered in Normandy
Normandy
as a non-profit association under the honorary presidency of the late Léopold Sédar Senghor, a French-language poet and the first president of Senegal
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Europe
Europe
Europe
is a continent located entirely in the Northern Hemisphere
Northern Hemisphere
and mostly in the Eastern Hemisphere. It is bordered by the Arctic
Arctic
Ocean to the north, the Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic Ocean
to the west, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. It comprises the westernmost part of Eurasia. Since around 1850, Europe
Europe
is most commonly considered as separated from Asia
Asia
by the watershed divides of the Ural and Caucasus
Caucasus
Mountains, the Ural River, the Caspian and Black Seas, and the waterways of the Turkish Straits.[5] Though the term "continent" implies physical geography, the land border is somewhat arbitrary and has moved since its first conception in classical antiquity
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