Otaak Band with Body Omara

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 7:30pm

Seated show

Otaak Band on hillside with instruments

Otaak Band is a collaboration between Miguel Merino (United States) and Ahmed Said Abuamna (Eastern Sudan). At the heart of their sound is an ancient, lyre-like instrument called the masankop, associated with the Beja people since time immemorial. Together,  they combine traditional East Africa music with more contemporary influences from North America and create sounds that are truly unique and vital. Catch them at The Cedar on their very first North American tour!

West meets East, with the addition of Body Omara as opening act. Comprising guitarist/composer Joseph Damman,  bassist Tom Reichert, and drummer Davu Seru, Body Omara performs original music reflecting Damman's love for the funky, soulful "desert blues" of Malian guitar genius Ali Farka Toure, while it also recalls American folk and jazz with catchy, elaborate melodies and swelling improvisations. 

Ticket options and info

  • On sale date: now
  • Phone: 612-338-2674 ext 0 between 12 noon and 4pm ($2 fee per ticket)
  • In person: From a Cedar volunteer in the front lobby during events (no fee; cash, check, credit card), Depth of Field (no fee; cash or check only), or Electric Fetus (approximately $2 fee)
  • Online: Ticketweb (typically $2--$3 fee/ticket) (click on red Buy Tickets button at top of this page)
  • The Cedar is an all ages venue
  • Students with ID, seniors over 65, and children under 12 may purchase tickets at a discount at the door.

Otaak Band sitting outside with instruments
Otaak Band is the collaboration of Miguel Merino, from Indiana, USA, and Ahmed Said Abuamna from Eastern Sudan, who met in 2009 in Cairo. Ahmed Said is from the Beja, who are the indigenous people of the region between the Nile and the Red Sea in Northern...
Body Omara group photo
Body Omara is a Twin Cities-based trio performing the original compositions of Joseph Damman. At the heart of this music is a passion for finding new intersections between jazz sensibilities and African influences. Guitarist: Joseph Damman writes all of Body...

Major Funders

The McKnight FoundationTarget

Minnesota State Arts BoardThis activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Arts Board through the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, and a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota