Waayaha Cusub – Minneapolis

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Waayaha Cusub is a Somali hip-hop collective founded in Kenya in 2002 and led by lyricist and rapper Shiine Abdullahi Ali. With a message that challenges militants and extremist politics, Waayaha Cusub is recognized for its artistry as well as its activism.

Sunday, October 2nd 2016
AIRPORT WELCOME & WELCOME DINNER
MSP Airport
Waayaha Cusub arrived in Minneapolis! It is a Somali tradition to welcome out-of-town guests by meeting them at the airport and making them feel at home.

Monday, October 3nd 2016
CLASSROOM VISIT: “Music AugSem” with Augsburg College faculty member Jill Dawe
Augsburg College
The musicians shared their background, experiences, and artistic work in this first meeting with students.

Thursday, October 6th 2016
CLASSROOM VISIT: “Small Instrumental Combos Rehearsal” with Augsburg College faculty member Dain Estes
Augsburg College
Musicians attended rehearsal and jammed with the students in this first of two meetings.

Saturday, October 8th 2016
CONCERT HANGOUT: “Bombino with Teenage Moods”
The Cedar
The musicians and Augsburg students attended a performance at The Cedar featuring Tuareg guitarist Bombino. They reflected on their concert experience in follow-up classroom visits.

Sunday, October 9th 2016
TWIN CITIES MARATHON CHEER ZONE!
Twin Cities Marathon
The musicians DJ’d Somali music and cheered on the runners of the Twin Cities Marathon.

Monday, October 10th 2016
MIDNIMO WORKSHOP SERIES: Session #1 with Waayaha Cusub
Brian Coyle Center
In a workshop led by local poet Nimo Farah, young people from Cedar Riverside learned about Waayaha Cusub’s background and artistic process and analyzed the historical, lyrical, and rhythmic elements of several of their songs.

Tuesday, October 11th 2016
CLASSROOM VISIT: “Percussion for Music Educators” with Augsburg College faculty member Dan Albert
Augsburg College
The musicians led students in music making and exploration in this first of two meetings.

CLASSROOM VISIT: “Materials of Music 1B” with Augsburg College faculty member Jill Dawe
Augsburg College
The musicians shared their background, stories, and artistic process, and discussed elements of their music in this first of two meetings.

LIVING ROOM CONCERT: Ifrikya Spirit
Private Residence
The musicians attended a Living Room Concert featuring Ifrikya Spirit from Algeria to meet and greet guests and share their residency experiences.

Wednesday, October 12th 2016
CLASSROOM VISIT: “Materials of Music 1” and “Fundamentals of Music” with Augsburg College faculty members Jill Dawe and Dan Albert
Augsburg College
The musicians discussed materials of their music: melodies, rhythms, notation, and instruments, and shared their process of creating, learning, and rehearsing in this first of two meetings.

MIDNIMO WORKSHOP SERIES: Session #2 with Waayaha Cusub
Brian Coyle Center
Building on the first workshop, arts learners dug deeper into traditional and contemporary music creation and storytelling practices.

Thursday, October 13th, 2016
CLASSROOM VISIT: “Percussion for Music Educators” with Augsburg College faculty member Dan Albert
Augsburg College
The musicians led students in a second session of music making and exploration.

CLASSROOM VISIT: “Materials of Music 1B” with Augsburg College faculty member Jill Dawe
Augsburg College
The musicians continued the discussion about their artistic process and the elements of their music in this second of two meetings.

CLASSROOM VISIT: “Small Instrumental Combos Rehearsal” with Augsburg College faculty member Dain Estes
Augsburg College
Musicians attended rehearsal and jammed with the students in this second of two meetings.

Monday, October 17th, 2016
MIDNIMO WORKSHOP SERIES: Session #3 with Waayaha Cusub
Brian Coyle Center
Building on the first two workshops, arts learners begin to craft original songs using traditional Somali music practices.

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
CLASSROOM VISIT: “Materials of Music 1” and “Fundamentals of Music” with Augsburg College faculty member Jill Dawe and Dan Albert
Augsburg College
The musicians discussed materials of their music: melodies, rhythms, notation, and instruments, and shared their process of creating, learning, and rehearsing in this second of two meetings.

MIDNIMO WORKSHOP SERIES: Session #4 with Waayaha Cusub
Brian Coyle Center
Building on three previous workshops, arts learners finalized and performed their original songs

Thursday, October 20th, 2016
CLASSROOM VISIT: “Music, Society, and Cultures” with University of Minnesota faculty member Matt Rahaim
University of Minnesota
The musicians discussed their role as artists, the meaning behind their work, and translated and analyzed several of their songs.

LIVING ROOM CONCERT In Support of Falis
Private Residence
Falis Abdi Mohamud, the female lead of Waayaha Cusub, was unable to join the collective for their Minnesota residency. Cedar staff, partners, and local artists came together to plan a “gathering of music and solidarity in support of Waayaha Cusub and Falis” to share our support with the group at the home studio of Jim Anton, one of the local artists who collaborated with the group.

Saturday, October 22nd
MINNEAPOLIS RESIDENCY FINALE CONCERT: WAAYAHA CUSUB with The Ambassadors
The Cedar, presented in partnership with Augsburg College

WAAYAHA CUSUB-Residency-Brochure-2016-COVER.pdf