Aar Maanta Finale Performance

Aar Maanta Finale Performance

The finale performance with Aar Maanta and his band was the perfect conclusion to an amazing week-long residency. Over 700 people were in attendance and included Somali community members, Augsburg College students, and other music fans. Here is what local journalist Chris Riemenschneider had to say about the show (as published in vita.mn): "A textbook example of what makes The Cedar Cultural Center special occurred Saturday when Somali singer Aar Maanta... 

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"Aar Maanta is the voice of a new Somali generation," Nikki Tundel, MPR

MPR's Nikki Tundel Covers the Aar Maanta Residency

Arts & Culture Nikki Tundel · Apr 10, 2015

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Aar Maanta recently stood next to a three-foot-tall image of his face as one of his music videos played on a pull-down screen.

Surrounded by girls in brightly colored headscarves and guys in even more vibrant athletic shoes, the popular London-based singer talked about his work at The Common Table in Minneapolis.

Panel Discussion: "The Impact of Radicalization on Somali Music Culture," featuring Aar Maanta

Panel Discussion: "The Impact of Radicalization on Somali Music Culture," featuring Aar Maanta

On Monday, April 6, Aar Maanta kicked off his residency week as the featured panelist in a discussion about the impact of radicalization and change of culture on Somali music. Other panelists included Bob Stacke - Midnimo Music Coordinator and Professor and Music Department Chair Emeritus at Augsburg College, Community Organizer and Cedar Board Member Abdirizak Bihi, and Spoken Word Artist Asma Farah. The panel was moderated by the Director of Augsburg College's Pan-Afrikan Student Services, Mohamed Sallam.

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Aar Maanta at a Living Room Concert

Aar Maanta at a Living Room Concert

On April 9, Aar Maanta performed at a Living Room Concert.  Day Four of the Residency, and still going strong!

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Aar Maanta and The Cedar interviewed by Star Tribune's Mila Koumpilova

Aar Maanta with Dancing Audience

Cedar Cultural Center artist residences bring Somali music, issues to wider audience

Article by Mila Koumpilova, Star Tribune, April 7, 2015

The Cedar Cultural Center recently set a challenging goal: get its Somali and non-Somali audiences to mingle.

By all accounts, London-based artist Aar Maanta, with his growing mainstream following, might be just the guy to make that happen. Maanta is in town as part of a partnership with Augsburg College to give local millennials a taste of Somali culture. Maanta’s music is rooted in issues facing his fellow Somali expatriates, but he also has a growing following outside the diaspora.

“There’s a lot of negativity associated with our community, and it’s because of cultural misunderstanding that these issues arise,” Maanta said. “These kinds of events bring people together.”

Midnimo Workshop with Aar Maanta

Midnimo Workshop with Aar Maanta

Aar Maanta hosted a workshop sponsored by West Bank College Bound and Interfaith Scholars at Common Tables.

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Aar Maanta at the People's Center - A Performance and Discussion on Health and Healing Through the Arts

Aar Maanta's performance at the People's Center

Aar Maanta performed at the People's Center Health Services as part of the Midnimo activities on Wednesday April, 8th.

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Aar Maanta's performance at The Nicollet

Aar Maanta's performance at The Nicollet

Aar Maanta and his bandmates performed at The Nicollet Cafe as part of the Midnimo activities that they are doing at the Cedar Cultural Center while they are here in Minnesota for a week.

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Rehearsal clip of Aar Maanta and his bandmates

Rehearsal clip of Aar Maanta and his bandmates

Rehearsal clip of Aar Maanta and his bandmates getting ready for the finale performance.

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Aar Maanta Airport Welcome on Fox News

Aar Maanta Airport Welcome on Fox News

On Thurday April 2, 2015, a group of Aar Maanta superfans accompanied Cedar staff to the airport to welcome Aar Maanta from London as our fourth Midnimo artist-in-residence.

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