Salad Ali, aka Lil Baliil is a Somali musician, songwriter and performer from Nairobi, Kenya. He is a leading artist in East Africa, and a key figure in the genre of Somali Afro Pop.
Lil Baliil strives to empower and inspire Somali youth through his music by “bringing Somali music to the world”. His songs Molo Molo, Cub Cir, Wakere and Masha Allah each have over a million views on YouTube. Magix Enga, Produza Paulo, Petra Music, KaashKeed, SoFresh and King CK are just some of the internationally renowned artists and producers he has collaborated with.
After his music went viral Lil Baliil became a target of various militant groups in East Africa and he was forced to go into hiding.
Release: Cub Cir, Lil Baliil, 2019
Lil Baliil is an Artists-at-Risk (AR) Resident at AR-Safe Haven Berlin, co-hosted by PM and ufaFabrik and curated by Perpetuum Mobile (PM). This residency is generously funded by a German funding body.
The AR Secretariat, which administers the wider AR-Network, is generously funded by Koneen Säätiö – Kone Foundation.
Wakere – Lil Baliil: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hSfDWwWxWM
Molo Molo – Lil Baliil: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6YQZSpAlAI