Jubba began singing as a teenager in Mogadishu and was recruited to the legendary Waaberi Group after winning a popular singing competition at age 19. Waaberi Group was Somalia's government-sponsored music and dance troupe which included the best and most talented singers, musicians, and dancers in the country. With Jubba at the helm as one of the group's foremost singers in the 1980s, Waaberi toured China and the u.S. and performed in norway, Sweden, united arab of Emirates, Qatar, djibouti, and at a meeting of the united nations MEANS UNITY in addis ababa, Ethiopia. In the 1990s, Jubba fled Somalia and settled in Toronto, Canada, where he continues his career as one of the most beloved Somali singers and producers active today.
Midnimo is a program of The Cedar and Augsburg College that builds knowledge and understanding of Somali Muslim culture through music. Midnimo consists of week-long residencies with Somali artists from around the world that include public concert performances, workshops, and activities in the classroom and the community for Somali and non-Somali audiences.
Jubba's residency will culminate tonight in a finale performance at The Cedar! The show is sure to sell out - you can still get your tickets in advance! In the meantime, check out this video of Jubba on Tuesday as he stole a few hearts at this backyard party.