Waayaha Cusub – St. Cloud

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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.

Tuesday, October 25 2016
ON-AIR INTERVIEW WITH WAAYAHA CUSUB
On  St. Cloud State Radio Station KVSC 88.1. (in English and Somali)

SOUTHSIDE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB VISIT
In this first of three visits, the musicians shared a meal and stories with youth in Music Club and engaged in an exploration of the elements of songwriting and music making.

Wednesday, October 26 2016
SOUTHSIDE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB VISIT
Augsburg College
In this second of three visits, the musicians assisted youth in composing their own hip-hop songs, which they recorded together in the Music Club’s digital studio.

Thursday, October 27th 2016
DAYTIME EDUCATION PROGRAM: Discovery Elementary
The musicians introduced themselves and performed at a Discovery Elementary all-school assembly

CLASSROOM VISIT: “Ethnic Studies” and “Women’s Studies” with St. Cloud State University faculty member Darlene St. Clair
100 students from “Introduction to Ethnic Studies” and “Introduction to Women’s Studies” came together to hear the musicians share their music and experiences.

MEET-AND-GREET: Somali Student Association (SSA)
The musicians participated in a meet-and-greet with students from the Somali Student Association at St. Cloud State University.

SOUTHSIDE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB VISIT
In this third of three visits, the musicians helped the youth in Music Club rehearse their original pieces to be performed for the entire Boys & Girls Club at Southside Community Night.

SOUTHSIDE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB COMMUNITY NIGHT

Monday, October 31st 2016
CLASSROOM VISIT: “World Drumming” with St. Cloud State University faculty member Terry Vermillion
The musicians shared their background and artistic process and played music with students in the classroom.

CLASSROOM VISIT: Tech High School
Students from Tech High School’s “Ethnic Studies” class met with the musicians to explore how they use music as a way of confronting social justice issues.

IN-STUDIO PERFORMANCE ON ST. CLOUD STATE UNIVERSITY RADIO STATION KVSC 88.1
The musicians held a live, in-studio performance.

Tuesday, November 1st 2016
DAYTIME EDUCATION PROGRAM: North Junior High School
Junior High School students learned how and why Waayaha Cusub uses music as a communication tool

DAYTIME EDUCATION PROGRAM: Apollo High School
The musicians and a group of Apollo High School students shared stories and explored the meaning behind their music

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016
DAYTIME EDUCATION PROGRAM: Talahi Elementary
The musicians introduced themselves and performed at a Talahi Elementary all-school assembly.

CLASSROOM VISIT: “First Year Seminar” with College of St. Benedict/Saint John’s University
The musicians visited this classroom of 100 students to share their music and experiences

CONFIRMATION CLASS VISIT: Bethlehem Lutheran Church
The musicians visited with youth in Bethlehem Lutheran Church’s confirmation classes to talk about how their spirituality effects their music making and daily lives.

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
CLASSROOM VISIT: “Music in World Cultures”with St. Cloud State University faculty member Catherine Verrilli
The musicians met with students and share their music, stories and experiences.

CLASSROOM VISIT: “History of Rock” with St. Cloud Technical College faculty member Hillary Vermillion
The musicians visited with students to share their music and experiences.

Friday, November 4th
ST. CLOUD RESIDENCY FINALE CONCERT: WAAYAHA CUSUB with The Ambassadors
Paramount Center For The Arts

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