By EDITORIAL BOARD OF OromoTV.com
Oftentimes, singers can be dismissed as irrelevant beings willing to do anything to push for their own self-promotion, but every so often, we get individuals who can rise above the cringe worthy and touch on something deeper and meaningful. Perhaps the likes of Saliha Sami are rare in this day and age where anyone with access to a microphone and computer can become an overnight sensation thanks to YouTube. Unlike many singers, she has the talent and embody an unparalleled rise to fame at such a young age where YouTube was not available and rise to fame was dictated by talent rather than view counts. From the start, she pushed the envelope for the greater good of Oromia while showing the diversity of our culture. What makes her unique is not her singing talent, but her unmatched ability to fuse the regional diversity and present the Oromo culture in such a way that young diaspora youth can identify with their roots. Through her songs and appearances in dramas, coupled with her innate drive to be the voice for Oromo women from all walks of life, she has become an icon we can all appreciate irrelevant of our personal feelings about music. Her religious background and the mere fact she is a woman willing to tackle taboo topics through her music makes her an easy target for criticism. Yet, she refuses to let the critics get the last word. She continues to strive to reach her ultimate goal of empowering women to dream and achieve the impossible. While simultaneously instilling in the diaspora youth a sense of pride in the Oromo culture.