Intal Caaltuu – Almaaz Tafarraa

This song, originally written by Abdii Qophee and sang by Almaaz Tafarraa, is about a teenage grief-ridden girl named Caaltuu (Chaltu) who is recounting the series of events leading up to her pregnancy. She speaks to the attitude of the era, in which pregnancy out of wedlock was detrimental to a family’s name and legacy, and is apologetic in tone as she addresses her father in the lyrics.

This was an early form of social commentary in modern Oromo music, and was part of a wave of Oromo songs which aimed to educate and warn their audience about various issues in the community. “Intal Caaltuu” was part of a collaborative cassette released in the 1980’s by four legendary Oromo artists: Almaaz Tafarraa, Halloo Daawwee, Kadiir Sa’id and Aadam Haaruun.

Gaddi khoo dachaa dha
If qofattin oolle
Tiyya fafaaweetiin
Maqaa kheeysan falee
Ija teeysan dura
Daddeemuu 
waa hin malle

Enjoy!

The Siiqqee Chronicles Team

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