Nimco Yasin rose to fame as part of a member of the legendary Waaberi Group in the 80s, 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, March 20th
AIRPORT WELCOME & WELCOME DINNER
Nimco Yasin arrived in Minneapolis on March 20th It is a Somali tradition to welcome out-of-town guests by meeting them at the airport and making them feel at home.
Tuesday March 21th – Tuesday March 28th
During her time in Minnesota, Nimco Yasin performed along with local musicians including deVon Russell Gray, Harbi, DeCarlo Jackson, Deevo Dee and DeVante Jackson. Check out this special behind-the-scenes video of the band rehearsing together during the first week of the residency.
Wednesday, March 22nd
RADIO KALY INTERVIEW
Radio Kaly is a Somali American community radio station serving to increase communication and understanding throughout the East African diaspora community and the world. Nimco took part in an on-air interview with Radio Kaly as part of her Minneapolis residency.
Monday, March 27th – Thursday, March 30th
WORKSHOP WITH SOMALI ARTISTS & AUGSBURG COLLEGE STUDENTS
Nimco Yasin’s passion is teaching. Each summer, she works with young people in Jigjiga, the Somali region of Ethiopia, to mentor them in traditional song, dance, and performance.
During her residency at The Cedar, she took her turn at mentoring local Somali artists and students from Augsburg College. From learning how to pronounce the Somali song lyrics to adding instrumentation and synchronized dance moves, check out this behind-the-scenes video to see what went into preparing the group for the finale performance.
Wednesday, March 29th
POP UP PERFORMANCE AT 331 CLUB
Nimco and her band performed a mini set during the KFAI night at the 331 Club, hosted by musician Max Graham of Kind Country.
Friday, March 31st
MINNEAPOLIS RESIDENCY FINALE CONCERT: Nimco Yasin with Rahmo Rose