Midnimo

Nimco

Nimco Yasin’s Midnimo residency will take place from March 20 – April 15 2017. 

 

Nimco Yasin (pronounced NIH-moh Yah-SEEN) rose to fame as part of a member of the legendary Waaberi Group in the 80s. Waaberi Group, or “Dawn Players,” was Somalia’s government-sponsored music and dance troupe that included the most talented singers, musicians, and dancers in the country. With more than 300 members over its 30-year existence, the group was a source of national pride and toured the world multiple times.

 

Because of their status, artists were among the first to be impacted by increasing  political instability in Somalia in the late 80s. Yasin fled Somalia to the UK in 1989, shortly before the onset of civil war which nearly wiped out the country’s rich artistic traditions. Since then, Yasin has rebuilt her career as a professional artist. Known for her striking voice and emotional love ballads, Yasin eloquently revives the vintage qaraami (or “Somali jazz”) sound that Waaberi was known for, while bringing it into a modern context.

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Residency Schedule: 

Additional residency activities to be added. Schedule subject to change.

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Minneapolis:

MONDAY, MARCH 20TH
Airport Welcome and Community Hour | 5:00PM| MSP International Airport Terminal 1 Baggage Claim at International Arrivals Entrance| Public


TUESDAY, MARCH 28TH
Midnimo Workshop | TBA | 6:30 – 8:30 PM | Public
The local Somali artists and the public are invited to participate in a workshop lead by Nimco Yasin to recreate the Waabari performance style where all participants create one song to perform at the finale.


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29TH
Midnimo Workshop | TBA | 6:30 – 8:30 PM | Public
The local Somali artists and the public are invited to participate in a workshop lead by Nimco Yasin to recreate the Waabari performance style where all participants create one song to perform at the finale.

331 Club pop-up performance | 331 Club | 9:00 – 9:45pm | Public
Hosted by musician Max Graham
http://331club.com/
331 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Max Graham is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has been based out of Minneapolis since 2012. Although he is mostly known as the frontman of the local jamgrass outfit Kind Country, he has spent his time collaborating with dozens of local artists in styles ranging from bluegrass and blues to reggae, rock and funk. Max has a deep love for the supportive and colorful arts communities in the Twin Cities, and is grateful for the opportunity to bring Nimco into the Minneapolis scene.


THURSDAY, MARCH 30TH
Midnimo Workshop | TBA | 6:30 – 8:30 PM | Public
The local Somali artists and the public are invited to participate in a workshop lead by Nimco Yasin to recreate the Waabari performance style where all participants create one song to perform at the finale.


FRIDAY, MARCH 31ST
Minneapolis Residency Finale Concert
The Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis 55454

Doors at 7:00 pm
Concert at 7:30 pm
Open to the public. $20 advance, $25 day of show
All ages. Admission free with Augsburg ID.
Tickets available at www.thecedar.org or by calling 612-338-2674

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Mankato:

SUNDAY, APRIL 2

WELCOME DINNER – Private

5:00 – 7:00 pm

Mankato community members welcome Nimco Yasin with a traditional Somali dinner to make her feel welcome.


MONDAY, APRIL 3

DAYTIME EDUCATION PROGRAM – Private

10:00 – 10:40 am

Jefferson Elementary School 

Facilitated by Music Specialist Sara Smith. Nimco Yasin introduces herself to a group of music students from Jefferson Elementary School. Activities include a presentation on Somali culture, a demonstration of the dhaanto (a traditional Somali folk dance) with students joining in the dance, a demonstration of Somali artifacts, and a brief performance by Nimco Yasin.


CLASSROOM VISIT: MUSC 340 – MATERIALS AND METHODS OF TEACHING MUSIC – Private

3:00 – 5:00 pm

Minnesota State Mankato

Facilitated by Minnesota State Mankato professor David Gadberry. Nimco Yasin will participate in a discussion on how she learned to create and perform music, and her experiences in music education as a child. During the discussion, students will be asked to compare their experiences with those of the artist. In addition, the larger musical context of each culture will be discussed to identify any similarities or differences in how music functions in the societies.


TUESDAY, APRIL 4

CLASSROOM VISIT: MUSC 330 – SONGWRITING 2 – Private

11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Minnesota State Mankato

Facilitated by Minnesota State Mankato professor Michael Olson. The college students share their music creations with Nimco Yasin based on their experiences viewing Somali artists on YouTube. Nimco Yasin discusses elements of her music: melodies, rhythms, notation, and instruments. Nimco Yasin rehearses and jams with the student created original tracks.


CLASSROOM VISIT: MASS 110 – INTRO TO MASS MEDIA – Private

12:45 – 1:45 pm

Minnesota State Mankato

Facilitated by Minnesota State Mankato professor Rachael Hanel. Nimco Yasin will participate in a discussion regarding social media impact on the creation, distribution, and performance of the artists’ music for her audience. The discussion will center on comparing and contrasting these issues in the artists’ culture with these issues in the U.S. The discussion will also include an exploration of migratory, refugee, and nomadic living situations affecting the music industry and the use of mass media. (private)


MEET-AND-GREET – Public 

7:00 – 9:00 pm

Somali Community Barwaaqo Organization

227 E Main St. 

Facilitated by Fardousa Jama. Nimco Yasin hosts a meet-and-greet with community Somali and non-Somali women. The discussion will center on the empowerment of women and other issues facing the participants.


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5

DAYTIME EDUCATION PROGRAM – Private

1:40 – 2:30 pm

Facilitated by Music Specialist Sara Smith. Nimco Yasin introduces herself to a group of music students from Jefferson Elementary School. Activities include a presentation on Somali culture, a demonstration of the dhaanto (a traditional Somali folk dance) with students joining in the dance, a demonstration of Somali artifacts, and a brief performance by Nimco Yasin. 


MEET-AND-GREET AND GAME NIGHT – Public

7:00 – 9:00 pm

Centennial Student Union

Facilitated by Minnesota State Mankato professors Dale Haefner and David Gadberry with Somali Student Association Vice President Abdul Aziz. Nimco Yasin participates in a meet-and-greet with students from the Somali Student Association and other students at Minnesota State Mankato. In addition, students and performer will participate in the traditional Somali board game, Landu. 


THURSDAY, APRIL 6

CLASSROOM VISIT: MUSC 103 – POP MUSIC USA – Private

11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Minnesota State Mankato

Facilitated by Minnesota State Mankato professors Michael Olson and Gerard Aloisio. Dr. Olson explains the creative process his Songwriting 2 students used to create original tracks based on their experiences viewing Somali artists on YouTube. The Songwriting 2 students will demonstrate and perform their original tracks. Nimco Yasin and her band will discuss elements of their music: melodies, rhythms, and instruments. The class session ends with a live performance by Nimco Yasin and band.

 


CLASSROOM VISIT: ART 467/567 – ART OF THE ISLAMIC WORLD – Private

2:00 – 2:50 pm

Minnesota State Mankato

Facilitated by Minnesota State Mankato professor Alisa Eimen. In preparation of Nimco Yasin’s visit, students in the class will view Nimco Yasin’s videos and, with Professor Eimen’s guidance, prepare questions regarding the videos. After viewing the videos with the students, Nimco Yasin will answer questions regarding the song lyrics as it relates to the action of the video, symbolisms imbedded in the video, the viewers interpretation of the video, and other observations.


CLASSROOM VISIT: ENGLISH 435 – THE WORLD NOVEL – Private

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Minnesota State Mankato

Facilitated by Minnesota State Mankato professor Danielle Haque. Conversations with Nimco Yasin will range from the impact of war on the arts, and arts on war.  Why is it that oppressors try to limit artists?  What was the artist’s experience as an artist in the midst of conflict?  What are the concerns in the United States about the current administration’s travel ban? What are the concerns in Minnesota about the impact of the administrations proposal to terminate funding of both the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for FY2018?


SATURDAY, APRIL 8th

Mankato Residency Finale Concert
South Central College
1920 Lee Blvd, North Mankato, mN 56003

Doors at 7:00 pm
Concert at 7:30 pm
Open to the public. $15 advance, $20 day of show
All ages. Admission free with any student ID.
Tickets available at www.mnsu.edu/music/events/

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St. Cloud:

SATURDAY, APRIL 15th
St. Cloud Residency Finale Concert
Paramount Center for the Arts
913 W St. Germain St, St. Cloud, MN, 56301

Doors at 6:30 pm
Concert at 7:00 pm
Open to the public. $15 advance, $20 day of show (cost includes handling fee)
All ages. Admission free with any student ID.
Tickets available at http://www.paramountarts.org/

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Nimco Yasin Spring Residency:

NIMCO YASIN ft. Iskalaji with special guest Rahmo Rose

NIMCO YASIN ft. Iskalaji with special guest Rahmo Rose

March 31, 2017

Minneapolis, MN

More Info

This is a standing show with an open floor.

Tickets are available online, by phone, ​and at Depth of Field, Electric Fetus, Clinton Market (1930 Clinton Ave, Minneapolis MN 55404 - contact Bashiir Bugle, 651-497-9560), and at The Cedar during shows.