Past Residencies

Waayaha Cusub Press Photo-No Text-8X10-300dpiVert (6) Waayaha Cusub Midnimo Residency Oct. 2 – Nov. 4th 2016

Waayaha Cusub is a Somali hip-hop collective founded in Kenya in 2002 and led by lyricist and rapper Shiine Abdullahi Ali. With a message that challenges militants and extremist politics, Waayaha Cusub is recognized for its artistry as well as its activism. 

Read More

Jubba (May 2016) Jubba Midnimo Residency May 14 – 27, 2016

Jubba was born Abdulkadir Omar Yusuf in Somalia in 1962. He began singing as a teenager in Mogadishu under the stage name “Jubba” and was recruited to the legendary Waaberi Group after winning a popular singing competition at the age of 19.

Read More

Tasdfasd (Eads asdf) Maryan Mursal Midnimo Residency Nov 1 – 14, 2015

One of the first professional female singers in Somalia in the 1960s, Maryan Mursal was a star in her homeland while she was still in her teens. Absorbing every influence she could find, she blended Western and African sounds to pioneer the popular qaraami style, now known as “Somali Jazz.”

Read More

Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 6.05.32 PM Mankato Hidden Jewels Midnimo Mini-Residency August 15-16, 2015

The Cedar partnered with the Somali Community Barwaaqo Organization in Mankato, Minnesota to celebrate their one-year anniversary with a celebration called Hidden Jewels: Rediscovering the Beauty of Somali Culture.

Read More

Aar-Maanta-hi-rez-photofeat Aar Maanta Midnimo Residency April 5-12, 2015

Aar Maanta has earned recognition as the, “voice of the next generation of Somalis,” due to his dedication to composing new work rooted in Somali traditions and his commitment to performing with a full, multi-cultural band.

Read More

hodanfeatured North American Super Stars Midnimo Residency February 8-14, 2015

North America Super Stars is a collective of Somali artists that performs in various configurations around the Twin Cities and beyond. The group includes vocalists Dalmar Yare and Hodan Abdirahman, founding members of the foremost Somali Hip Hop group Waayaha Cusub.

Read More

Dur-Dur-Boat2feat Dur-Dur Band Midnimo Residency November 8-17, 2014

Formed in the 1980s Dur-Dur Band was one of the most famous groups in Mogadishu’s music scene. Known as Somalia’s “last great party band,” they disbanded when the civil war forced the musicians into exile.

Read More

TALEEXfeatured Taleex Band Midnimo Residency October 26-31, 2014

The music of Taleex Band combines many voices of male and female Somali artists. Though they’ve performed as a group for less than a year, Taleex Band may be paving the way for a revival of Somali music of the 60’s and 70’s

Read More

Somali musician Argos (2014) Midnimo and Global Roots September 15-18, 2014

In 2014 The Cedar presented three local Somali artists as part of our 6th annual three-day Global Roots Festival. We commissioned two collaborations between local Somali singers and non-Somali bands to present full live performances.

Read More