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.”
The Cedar Cultural Center (The Cedar) is pleased to announce the 2015 416 Club Commissions series. Now in its fourth year, the 416 Club Commissions program is made possible by a grant from the Jerome Foundation. This year’s six grant recipients were chosen by a committee of Twin Cities music industry professionals who reviewed over 100 proposals and selected the artists that best fit the criteria and high musical standards of the 416 Club Commissions program.
Old-time stringband Pert Near Sandstone returns with two nights of their popular Winter Stringband Gathering at The Cedar.
On Friday Feb 27, one-man-band Possessed by Paul James will open.
On Saturday Feb 28, hard drivin' Carolina string band Town Mountain will open.
Tickets for individual shows are $17 in advance, or $20 day of show. There is also a two-show package available for $26 in advance, or $30 day of show. Tickets go on sale Friday Nov 7 at noon.
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Get yourself over to the Cedar during November for whatever rocks your world. Perhaps the return of progressive bluegrassers Hot Rize and their alter egos Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers, or SoCal legend JD Souther, or local songsmith Chris Koza, or an against-all-odds reunification of Somalia's "last great party band" Dur-Dur Band, or the scintillating brilliance of My Brightest Diamond. Download the calendar, print it and stick it on your fridge, or peruse our online listings with plenty of videos.
On October 31, the Minneapolis based Somali group, Taleex Band, gave an electrifying performance that drew audience members to the floor. Listeners that remained sitting bobbed their heads to the unified arrangement of sounds from the Augsburg College World Jazz band and melodic voices of the Taleex Band singers.
The Cedar has always been at the center of a thriving music community here in the Twin Cities and Minnesota. Now in our 26th Season, this is truer than ever! We need your support to continue to impact artists, patrons and the community in meaningful ways. Episode #2 of our new video series, BEYOND GREAT MUSIC, gives you a glimpse into how The Cedar is fostering the health and vitality of our community through live music. Your support makes these stories happen! Please donate today!