Nimco Yasin took to The Cedar’s stage on Friday, March 31st to celebrate the end of her artist residency in Minneapolis. Along with local artist Rahmo Rose, she filled the venue with her striking voice and renditions of emotional love ballads. Nimco then headed to Mankato and St. Cloud for week-long residencies in each city as part of Midnimo.
Nimco Yasin rose to fame as part of a member of the legendary Waaberi Group in the 80s. Waaberi Group 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. Nimco Yasin eloquently revives the vintage qaraami (or “Somali jazz”) sound that Waaberi was known for, while bringing it into a modern context.