Nimco Yasin – Mankato

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Nimco Yasin rose to fame as part of a member of the legendary Waaberi Group in the 80, Somalia’s government-sponsored music and dance troupe that included the most talented singers, musicians, and dancers in the country. Known for her striking voice and emotional love ballads, Yasin eloquently revives the vintage qaraami (or “Somali jazz”) sound that Waaberi was known for, while bringing it into a modern context.

 

Monday, April 3rd
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL VISIT 
Nimco Yasin introduced herself to a group of students from Jefferson Elementary School. Activities included a discussion of Somali culture using Powerpoint presentation slides, a demonstration of the dhaanto, a traditional Somali folk dance, and a demonstration of Somali artifacts from the Minnesota State University Mankato Somali Student Association.

 

Class Visit – MATERIALS AND METHODS OF TEACHING MUSIC
Facilitated by Minnesota State Mankato professor David Gadberry. Nimco Yasin participated in a discussion on how she learned to create and perform music, and her experiences in music education as a child. During the discussion, students were asked to compare their experiences with those of the artist. In addition, the larger musical context of each culture was discussed to identify any similarities or differences in how music functions in the societies.

 

Tuesday, April 4th

Class Visit – SONGWRITING
Facilitated by Minnesota State Mankato professor Michael Olson. College students shared their music creations with Nimco Yasin based on their experiences viewing Somali artists on YouTube. Nimco Yasin discussed elements of her music: melodies, rhythms, notation, and instruments, and then rehearsed and jams with the students.

 

Class Visit – INTRO TO MASS MEDIA
Facilitated by Minnesota State Mankato professor Rachael Hanel. Nimco Yasin participated in a discussion regarding social media impact on the creation, distribution, and performance of the artists’ music for her audience. The discussion centered on comparing and contrasting these issues in the artists’ culture with these issues in the U.S. The discussion also included an exploration of migratory, refugee, and nomadic living situations affecting the music industry and the use of mass media.

 

Wednesday, April 5rd

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL VISIT 
Nimco Yasin introduced herself to a group of students from Roosevelt Elementary School. Activities included a discussion of Somali culture using Powerpoint presentation slides, a demonstration of the dhaanto, a traditional Somali folk dance, and a demonstration of Somali artifacts from the Minnesota State University Mankato Somali Student Association.

 

STUDENT MEET AND GREET  
Facilitated by Minnesota State Mankato professors Dale Haefner and David Gadberry with Somali Student Association Vice President Abdul Aziz. Nimco Yasin participated in a meet-and-greet with students from the Somali Student Association and other students at Minnesota State University Mankato. Students and performer participated in the traditional Somali board game, Landu.

 

Thursday, April 6th

Class Visit – POP MUSIC 
Facilitated by Minnesota State Mankato professors Michael Olson and Gerard Aloisio. Dr. Olson explained the creative process his Songwriting 2 students used to create original tracks based on their experiences viewing Somali artists on YouTube. The Songwriting 2 students then demonstrated and performed their original tracks. Nimco Yasin and her band discussed elements of their music: melodies, rhythms, and instruments. The class session ends with a live performance by Nimco Yasin.

 

Class Visit – THE WORLD NOVEL 
Facilitated by Minnesota State Mankato professor Danielle Haque. Conversations with Nimco Yasin will range from the impact of war on the arts, and arts on war.  Why is it that oppressors try to limit artists?  What was the artist’s experience as an artist in the midst of conflict?  What are the concerns here about the current administration’s impact on the arts?

 

Saturday, April 7th
Mankato RESIDENCY FINALE CONCERT: Nimco Yasin with Rahmo Rose at South Central College