Though this Somalian-born singer-songwriter shares a few vocal similarities with Shakira, she has a distinctive style. Not unlike the Colombian pop star, Saba mixes traditional elements from her native country with contemporary European-influenced instrumentation. Throughout the disc, she celebrates her heritage, singing mostly in the Xamar Weyne dialect that mixes native words and Italian slang (owing to Italy's colonization of Somalia).
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One of the highlights is "Hoyo," an upbeat tune with a dance-inflected beat. According to the liner notes, the lyrics speak of a mother being separated from her baby and the pain that comes from the diaspora. The title track, translated as "The Line," deals with the singer's own emotions from having a mixed-race background — her mother was Somalian and her father was Italian — bringing feelings of "optimism, confidence, and harmony." On "Manta," she duets with Taté Nsogan in a reggae-inspired tune about the need to live in the present. The beautiful, bilingual "Je Suis Petite" addresses the impotence caused by the current conditions in Africa. Jidka is a great musical discovery, enjoyable even for those unfamiliar with the world-music scene. Some tracks could easily work on the dance floor — all it takes is an open mind.