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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.