Somaliland (1960)


Upon independence on June 26, 1960, the former British Somaliland became the State of Somaliland and adopted a national anthem consisting of traditional music. Recorded by village musicians, it was transcribed by R.A.Y. Mitchell, Bandmaster of the Military Band of The Royal Highland Fusiliers, and was performed by the Royal Highland Fusiliers at the independence celebrations.

Later that same week, on July 1, the State of Somaliland merged with the former Italian Somaliland, to become Somalia. Thus this anthem, which had no words, only lasted five days.

Special thanks to: Michael Bristow for some of the information.