Global Roots


Our free, all ages 2017 Global Roots Festival, taking place September 18-20 2017, features six incredible international artists, Hong Sung Hyun, LADAMA, Betsayda Machado Y La Parranda El Clavo, Vox Sambou, Sahba Motallebi & Naghmeh Farahmand, and Bitori, as well as local talents BATO BATO, the Somali Museum Dance Troupe, Harbi, Rahmo Rose, Argos, and The Great Dains.


Check out details on the full lineup and follow the links below to reserve your free tickets. See you at The Cedar!



Before each night of the Global Roots Festival, don’t miss the Local Roots Festival presented by Pizza Lucé, a new series of performances and activities taking place on The Cedar’s Community Plaza from 6:00-7:30pm each evening prior to the mainstage performances in The Cedar’s hall. 


Monday, September 18th – Reserve your tickets  


Local Roots Festival presented by Pizza Lucé: 6:30 pm – 7:25 pm

  • Somali Museum Dance Troupe: Dancers from the Somali Museum showcase traditional Somali dance from the past and present
  • Roosevelt High School Choir: Roosevelt High School singers, led by Daniel Felton, kick off the Festival with their vocal talents and artistry


Mainstage Concert: 7:30 pm – 10 pm

  • Hong Sung Hyun (South Korea): Korean drummer Hong Sung Hyun presents Chobeolbi, a collaborative project that showcases his work across various traditional Korean percussion instruments. Through Chobeolbi, Hyun pushes Korean percussion away from its traditional supporting role and transforms it into the center point for melody and story.
  • LADAMA (Venezuela/Brazil/Colombia): This quartet combines the rhythms and traditional instrumentation of frevo and maracatu from Pernambuco, Brazil, joropo songs from the high plains of Venezuela, cumbia, gaita and champeta from the Colombian coast, and contemporary strains of American pop and jazz.

Tuesday, September 19thReserve your tickets


Local Roots Festival presented by Pizza Lucé: 6:30 pm – 7:25 pm

  • Harbi, Rhamo Rose and the Great Dains: Local Somali musicians Harbi and Rhamo Rose collaborate with The Great Dains, a band made up of students from Augsburg University’s Small Ensemble Band, to delight audiences with sounds of qaarami (Somali jazz) and Harbi’s new composition, Heartbeat of Durbaanka.


Mainstage Concert: 7:30 pm – 10pm

  • Betsayda Machado Y La Parranda El Clavo (Venezuela): Venezuelan artist Betsayda Machado is a vocal powerhouse. Raised in the small village of El Clavo in the region of Barlovento, her music with bandmates La Parranda El Clavo is deeply rooted in their shared Afro-Venezuelan heritage.
  • Vox Sambou (Haiti/Canada): Hip-hop artist Vox Sambou uses kreyól (Haitian hip-hop) as a platform to denounce injustice, social imbalances and inequities. Performing alongside his six-piece band, Sambou’s sound is a dynamic fusion of traditional Haitian roots music, jazz, afrobeat, and reggae. 

Wednesday, September 20th  – Reserve your tickets


Local Roots Festival presented by Pizza Lucé: 6:30 pm – 7:25 pm

  • BATO BATO: Breck School’s Marimba Band BATO BATO features 20+ students playing upbeat percussion sure to make you dance
  • Argos: Minneapolis’ elder Somali oud player, Argos, entertains with uplifting original songs that use metaphor and imagery to tell stories of love and life

Mainstage Concert: 7:30 pm – 10 pm

  • Sahba Motallebi & Naghmeh Farahmand (Iran): Iranian musician Sahba Motallebi is one of the few female soloists of the tar and setar, lute-like stringed instruments. She specializes in Persian classical music, a tradition of virtuoso improvisation based on melodic modes (dastgah) that reflect the mood of the musician and the occasion.
  • Bitori (Cape Verde): Cape Verdean accordionist Victor Tavares, better known as Bitori, is a torchbearer for the island’s funaná genre.