Grace & Dalmar Show – Episode 4

Grace and Dalmar return for Episode 4! This time, we’re featuring Waayaha Cusub  (10/22-11/4) and Festival de las Calaveras (11/5).

The Grace & Dalmar Show is a short web series that highlights upcoming artists at The Cedar, hosted by Grace Evenson (Cedar Booking Coordinator) and Dalmar Yare (Cedar Artist in Residence). For more information and tickets for the shows mentioned in this episode, go to

Waayaha Cusub (Somali for “New Era”) is a Somali hip-hop collective founded in Kenya in 2004 by lyricist and rapper Shiine Akhyaar Ali. With a message that challenges militants and extremist politics, Waayaha Cusub is recognized for its artistry as well as its activism. As leaders who speak out against war, violence, and oppressive leadership, the artists have endured death threats and violent attacks. Regardless, the band has pressed on, receiving positive media coverage by CNN, Rolling Stone, Vice Magazine, The LA Times, BBC, and others. During their Midnimo residencies in Minneapolis (finale concert on 10/22), St. Cloud (finale concert on 11/4) and Mankato (finale concert on 10/28), Waayaha Cusub is collaborating with DeVon Gray, founding member of St. Paul-based hip-hop group Heiruspecs, and local artists Joey Van Phillips, Jim Anton, and Jeremy Ylvisaker.

Tlalnepantla Arts/Zenteotl Project proudly joins with The Cedar Cultural Center to co-present Festival de las Calaveras multimedia Concert. The local phenomenon Maria Isa, recognized by CNN as one of the best independent Latina artists of the nation and nominated at the TC Film Festival for her “Best Breakthrough Performance” as Angie Garcia in the Latino Independent Film Strike One (2014) with Danny Trejo, will feature music from her new project Valley of the Dolls. Tenor Alejandro Magallón and Bass-baritone Rodolfo Nieto, both classically trained singers and regular performers with Minnesota Opera, will come together to celebrate their cultural roots to sing beautiful melodies of México. Bomba Umoya, drummers, singers, and dancers of the traditional Puerto Rican music genre that emerges from the sugar cane and rum plantations will fill the hall with ancestral rhythms. The award-winning Vhaltta, Ecuadorian-Mexican ballad rock band, is the dream realized by a group of youth, and brings classic Rock en Español to Minnesota. The psychedelic cumbia band, Guayaba, created and led by master percussionist Chico Chavez, fuses Afrolatino rhythms with the distinctive Peruvian chicha, will close the festival with a dance party. The Mexica (“Aztec”) dance group Mexica Yolotl and spoken word collective, Palabristas Latin@ Wordslingers, will open the concert with traditional dances that honor ancestral memory and a spoken word performance that uses the power of the word to engage, agitate, and build community. Festival performers will be joined by soundscape artist Rico Simon Mendez, aka DJ Don Cuco, renowned for his natural touch at blending the harmony of sound and spirit, and materializing it into a musical movement; all in all, to offer a powerful coming-together of traditional and contemporary Latinx and Chicanx* music in the Twin Cities.