Taleex Band Midnimo Residency October 26-31, 2014

The music of Taleex Band combines many voices of male and female Somali artists.

Though they’ve performed as a group for less than a year, Taleex Band may be paving the way for a revival of Somali music of the 60’s and 70’s , often regarded as the most innovative period in the history of Somali music. Somali artists from this era are described by Somali music historian Sanaag Samataliye as, “consistently innovative without abandoning their roots.” This residency marked Taleex Band’s second performance at The Cedar, when all thirteen original members graced our stage to wow the audience, with a little help from several jazz musicians from Augsburg College.

Taleex Band’s residency combined with several showings of “Fishing Without Nets,” directed by first-time feature filmmaker Cutter Hodierne and presented by VICE Films. Shot in East Africa with Somali non-professional actors, “Fishing Without Nets” tells the story of Abdi, a principled young husband and father in Somalia who turns to piracy to support his family. When some of the pirates resort to violence, Abdi must make difficult choices to determine his course.

Sunday, October 26th 2014
“Fishing Without Nets” film screenings
5pm, 7:30pm and 9:30pm at The Cedar Cultural Center
“Fishing without Nets,” a feature film starring Abdikani Muktar, Abdi Siad, Abdiwali Farrah, Abdikhadir Hassan, Reda Kateb and Idil Ibrahim, follows the journey of a Somali father-turned-pirate and his ethical reservations.

Monday, October 27th 2014
“Fishing Without Nets” film screening
1pm at The Cedar Cultural Center
“Fishing without Nets,” a feature film starring Abdikani Muktar, Abdi Siad, Abdiwali Farrah, Abdikhadir Hassan, Reda Kateb and Idil Ibrahim, follows the journey of a Somali father-turned-pirate and his ethical reservations.

“Fishing Without Nets” discussion with members of Taleex Band
3pm at The Cedar Cultural Center
Tuesday, October 28th 2014
“Fishing without Nets,” a feature film starring Abdikani Muktar, Abdi Siad, Abdiwali Farrah, Abdikhadir Hassan, Reda Kateb and Idil Ibrahim, follows the journey of a Somali father-turned-pirate and his ethical reservations.

Cedar Riverside Health Commons Third Annual Celebration featuring a musical performance by Taleex Band
5pm at The Cedar Cultural Center

Seward Co-op Annual Meeting featuring a musical appearance by Taleex Band
6pm at American Swedish Institute

“Fishing Without Nets” film screening
8pm at The Cedar Cultural Center
Wednesday, October 29th 2014
“Fishing without Nets,” a feature film starring Abdikani Muktar, Abdi Siad, Abdiwali Farrah, Abdikhadir Hassan, Reda Kateb and Idil Ibrahim, follows the journey of a Somali father-turned-pirate and his ethical reservations.

Conversation & Mini-performance by Taleex Band for Music Students
4pm at Augsburg College

Taleex Band Classroom Visit- Augsburg Choir rehearsal with choir director and faculty member Peter Hendrickson
5:15pm at Augsburg College

Thursday, October 30th 2014
Conversation & Mini-performance by Taleex Band
4:15pm at Sullivan Elementary School

Taleex Band Classroom Visit- Augsburg Interfaith Scholars Seminar with faculty member Matt Maruggi
6:00pm at Augsburg College

Gordon Byrd’s Art Opening featuring performances by members of Taleex Band, Teenage Moods, Rupert Angeleyes and France Camp
8:00pm at The Nicollet

Friday, October 31st 2014
Taleex Band Classroom Visit- World Politics: Global Change and Local Connections with faculty member Joe Underhill
11:00am at Augsburg College

Taleex Band Residency Finale Concert
8:00pm at The Cedar

“On October 31, the Minneapolis based Somali group, Taleex Band, gave an electrifying performance that drew audience members to the floor. Listeners that remained sitting bobbed their heads to the unified arrangement of sounds from the Augsburg College World Jazz band and melodic voices of the Taleex Band singers.

A diverse crowd consisting of community members, college students, teachers and business professionals attended the event. Performance goers attended for a variety of reasons. A group of Somali women walked to The Cedar from their homes nearby. One of the women stated that she was American born and that getting to hear the Taleex Band perform was an opportunity to connect to her culture and to hear the beauty of Somali language in musical form. A couple stated that as former residents of the Cedar-Riverside community, they visited The Cedar on a regular basis. The couple had recently returned to Minnesota, so for them, attending the Taleex Band performance at The Cedar had nostalgic appeal.

The evening opened with locally known and respected Somali oud player, Abdulkadir Said (Argos). Said captivated the audience by setting a soft engaging mood with his traditional folk style and lyrical finesse.

After a brief intermission, attendees waited with eager anticipation as the members of the Taleex Band filed onto the stage. Elevating their melodic talents, band members and the supporting musicians from the Augsburg jazz band roused the crowd with their innovative yet traditional style. The band’s magnetic chemistry enticed the audience and compelled listeners to engage in cheerful conversation about the mesmerizing sounds. Other members of the crowd were heard singing the songs, while clapping their hands to heart pounding rhythms. Band members generously shared the stage. Women performed some of the solos, and men performed others. Several songs contained voices of the whole group. Although the band sung lyrics in the Somali language, it didn’t discourage non-speaking audience members from feeling the vibe and moving their bodies to the beat.

The Taleex Band, guest artists in the Midnimo project, had already participated in a weeklong residency in which they visited classrooms and local businesses to share aspects of Somali culture. “Midnimo literally means, ‘coming together’,” said a Somali college student who attended the event. The Taleex Band performance at The Cedar brought an array of people together and left the attendees energized with warm smiles as they exited the doors that cold October evening.

Guest post by Augsburg student Marcallina James

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