U of M Students Take On The Global Roots Festival

Sierra, Dasha and Justine are leadership minors at the University of Minnesota, participating in The Cedar’s programing as part of the Leadership Minor’s Arts and Media Field Experience semester. Here’s their take on The Cedar’s 8th Annual Global Roots Festival.  A sense of community engulfed The Cedar Cultural Center on September 19-21st at the Global Roots Festival. […]

Global Roots Festival Artist Spotlight – Palenke Soultribe (9/21)

Our sixth featured Global Roots Festival artist is Palenke Soultribe. The critically acclaimed LA-based Colombian electronic collective deconstructs Afro-Colombian rhythms, blending them with live electronic beats and exploratory synthesizer sounds. Known for their vibrant, energetic live shows, Palenke Soultribe represents the new generation of Colombian musicians ready to bend all the rules. Come see Palenke […]

Global Roots Festival Artist Spotlight – Lautari (9/20)

Our fourth featured Global Roots Festival Artist is Lautari​. Lautari is dedicated to restoring the splendor of Polish folk music, making a point of learning their repertoire directly from village musicians. Inspired by Polish ethnographer, folklorist, and composer Oskar Kolberg, they seek to imbue their contemporary interpretations of the music with the emotions and imagination […]

Global Roots Festival Artist Spotlight- J.A.S.S. Quartet (9/20)

Our third featured Global Roots Festival artist is J.A.S.S. Quartet. Having trained with master artists in Indian classical and jazz, this quartet seeks to find a space for the classical and the contemporary worlds to come together. Carnatic raga, North Indian folk and classical rhythms, hip-hop phrasing and harmonic structures from jazz combine to create […]

Photos: Baladino at The Cedar September 8th

With its members hailing from Berlin and Tel Aviv, Baladino is a Mediterranean folk band that offers fresh, yet deeply authentic interpretations of Sephardic and Ladino melodies and brings this tradition back into full, fresh dialogue with its trans-Mediterranean past, using extended technique, subtle electronics and improvisation to dust off the predominant heavy-handed approach to Ladino music. […]

Global Roots Festival Artist Spotlight- Maya Kamaty (9/19)

Our second featured Global Roots Festival artist is Maya Kamaty. Grounded in the island blues melodies and rhythm of maloya, the traditional music of Réunion, Maya Kamaty is breaking down barriers as one of the few popular female singers in what is a traditionally male-sung genre. By blending the music with French chanson, Indian, and […]