She was noted for her great beauty and was, in fact, the first Miss Somalia.
A passionate performer, Qalanjo's onstage performances often featured seductive hip-swaying and elaborate hand-gesturing. Her songs usually dealt with the pangs and joys of love unrequited, lost and regained.
Popular songs by Qalanjo include:
- Caashaqa Sal iyo Baar
- Soohor Caashaqa – duet with Hasan Adan Samatar