Video: Singing along with Nimco Yasin

London-based Somali singer Nimco Yasin’s passion is teaching. Each summer, she works with young people in Jigjiga, the Somali region of Ethiopia, to mentor them in traditional song, dance, and performance. During her residency at The Cedar, she took her turn at mentoring local Somali artists and students from Augsburg College. From learning how to […]

Video: Guitarist Deevo Dee on playing Somali music with Nimco Yasin

The Cedar Cultural Center just wrapped a month-long residency with London-based Somali singer Nimco Yaasiin. In April, she stopped into the studio of St. Cloud State University’s KVSC – 88.1 FM with her Minnesota backing band. In this video, Nimco’s guitarist Deevo Dee talks to Producer Jeff Carmack about how playing in her band has […]

Apply to be a 2017-18 Cedar Commissions Artist

Are you a musician interested in making new work? Apply to be a 2017-18 Cedar Commissions Artist! The Cedar Commissions is a program that commissions 6 local, emerging artists each year to create and perform new music, made possible with a grant from the Jerome Foundation. Applications are open now, and are due on June 5th, […]

The Grace & Dalmar Show – Episode 8

It’s the 8th episode of the Grace and Dalmar Show! This episode follows Nimco Yasin’s dynamic month-long Midnimo residency in Minneapolis, St. Cloud and Mankato through March and April; the Grammy-nominated “Hawaiian Kings of Swing” Kahulanui (3/25); and Tunisian singer Emel, who mixes North African rhythms with modern electronic beats (5/10). The Grace & Dalmar […]

Midnimo: Bringing The International Stars of Somalia to Minnesota

Read more about all The Cedar’s Midnimo artists in a new brochure Midnimo: Bringing The International Stars of Somalia to Minnesota. Physical copies are available in the lobby of The Cedar Cultural Center. By providing a platform for the world’s leading Somali artists, Midnimo is reviving Somalia’s rich musical traditions while building intercultural unity and understanding in the […]

Photos: The Spider John Legacy 4/9

THE SPIDER JOHN LEGACY: A celebration of folk music on the West Bank featuring Spider John Koerner playing with Tony Glover, Willie Murphy, Chip Taylor Smith and Paul Strother also featuring The Cactus Blossoms, Lonesome Dan Kase, Dave Babb and Baby Grant Johnson and Jack Klatt. Photos by Tom Dunn.

Photos: Nimco Yasin at The Cedar 3/31

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 will now head to Mankato and St. Cloud for week-long residencies in each city […]

Behind The Scenes: Rehearsal with Nimco Yasin

Check out a special behind-the-scenes rehearsal with Nimco Yasin!   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 […]

Interview: Andy Shauf

Hailing from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canadian singer-songwriter Andy Shauf has had a whirlwind couple of years. Prior to 2012 he released a slew of singles, EPs, and full length albums, from his debut album Darker Days to the independently released The Bearer of Bad News. In 2015, Shauf’s momentum picked up when he signed to the […]