On November 14, the Dur-Dur band concluded their weeklong Midnimo residency with a crowd-pleasing performance at The Cedar.
The room filled quickly with listeners geared up for the disco and funk-inspired songs of the group coined, “Somalia’s last great party band.” After an absence spanning two decades from the music scene, the group reunited for a full house of eager fans and new listeners unfamiliar with the band’s fame.
The Black Market Brass band opened up the evening. Tantalizing listeners’ ears with their unconventional synthesis of African and jazz instrumentation, the floor quickly became the scene of people pumped up, ready to dance.
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On November 14, Augsburg College hosted its annual Humanities and Fine Arts Convocation, featuring the Somali musical group, Dur Dur Band.
At the height of their popularity in the 1990’s, the group, considered “Somalia’s last great party band,” was forced to disband due to the civil war conflict. The Midnimo Project has worked to bring members of the band back together here in the Twin Cities. This was a special opportunity for the college’s faculty, students and community members to witness the reunion live at Hoversen Chapel, Foss Center.
Dur-Dur Band performed for about 900 students and parents at Seward Montessori School on Wednesday. The students had a great time! Some staff comments:
"I heartily concur with the praise for bringing these musicians to our school. Never in my life did I think I'd be dancing with Somali moms! It was infectious happy music and a wonderful way to celebrate the Somali culture."
"What an amazing event we had today! I have never seen such proud and excited kids in my time at Seward. The teachers who attended not only allowed the kids to dance and play, but joined them! I hope this becomes and annual event. Thank you, Mary, for your effort and commitment to our families."
In the middle of their residency, Dur-Dur Band performs an intimate, acoustic Living Room concert at the home of Karen Cooper and Bruce Schneier. About 70 people attended the event to create a wonderful crowd of young, old, Somalis, and non-Somalis. We ate sambusas and fried bananas from Afro Deli, made new friends, and listened to some amazing music.
Augsburg Music Faculty member Bob Stacke hired Steve Herzog, an Augsburg Music Alumnus, to accompany Dur-Dur Band on guitar. Somali musicians traditionally learn and play music by ear and not by reading it. At last night’s rehearsal, Cujeeri, Dur-Dur band’s guitarist/bassist, along with other band members, teach Steve their songs “by ear.”