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 10th
KVSC RADIO INTERVIEW
Facilitated by Jo McMullen Boyer, station manager and Jeff Carmack, Arts and Culture producer. Nimco Yasin taped a recorded interview to share with SCSU and Community members. Ahmed Abdi, program director, then facilitated an interview with Nimco to share with the local Somali community.
Tuesday, April 11th
Class Visit – MUSIC AND WORLD CULTURES
Facilitated by Dr. Catherine Verrilli. Students learned of Nimco Yasin’s music, her journey as an artist during the revolution in Somali and hear a traditional selection. Students prepared questions for Nimco based on youtube videos and information on her life.
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB DIGITAL STUDIO VISIT
Facilitated by Nick McGuiggan, digital music artist at Southside Boys and Girls Club. Digital music students heard a music selection, Nimco Yasin’s story and learned how her music helps to work toward social justice. They then worked with Nimco to compose their own song that speaks to a concern of the students.
Wednesday, April 12th
Class Visit – PERFORMANCE & EVERYDAY LIFE
Facilitated by Dr. Jen Tuder. Conversations with Nimco Yasin helped students to better understand the power of popular culture to maintain and transform cultural norms and values. Nimco shared her music, her story, and how the revolution changed the arts of Somalia, along with her work today to reclaim Somali artistic expression.
Thursday, April 13th
School Visit – APOLLO HIGH SCHOOL
Facilitated by Stephanie Peterson, District 742 Fine Arts and Social Studies Coordinator and Vanessa Laanen, Language Arts Instructor. Conversation focused on learning from Nimco’s experience and development of her music/art; students shared their own performances from the culture show for feedback/collaboration.
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB DANCE CLUB VISIT
Facilitated by Natalie Carr, Southside Boys and Girls Club dance artist. Students increased understanding of Somali culture through exploring the dance and music with Nimco. Students worked to choreograph a piece based on the residency.
Friday, April 14th
HANDS ACROSS THE WORLD VISIT
New refugees to St. Cloud, the majority of whom are Somali, had an opportunity to meet with Nimco Yasim to share their journeys and to hear the music of Somalia.
Saturday, April 15th
ST. CLOUD RESIDENCY FINALE CONCERT: Nimco Yasin with Rahmo Rose at Paramount Center for the Arts