Global Roots Festival Artist Spotlight- Fémina (9/19)

Our first featured Global Roots Festival artist is Fémina​. This trio of female Patagonian singer-songwriters hail from the tiny mountain town of San Martín de los Andes, Patagonia.​. Their show-stopping harmonies flow over songs that mix traditional Latin genres like cumbia, candombe, rumba and boleros with a smooth hip-hop flow; think Ibeyi blended with Ana […]

Join The Cedar for Three Days of All-Ages Music at the Global Roots Festival September 19-21

Join The Cedar Cultural Center for a full three days of all-ages music and programming at the 8th Annual Global Roots Festival, presented with Minnesota United FC on September 19th-21st, 2016. With the completion of The Cedar’s outdoor Community Plaza, this year’s Festival has expanded outside The Cedar’s walls to incorporate new community partners and […]

Grace & Dalmar Show – Episode 3

Grace and Dalmar are back! Episode 3 features Söndörgő (9/12), A-WA (9/18) and Maarja Nuut (9/29). 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). Söndörgő (pronounced shoendoergoe) is one of the most […]

Interview: Malamanya

Minneapolis-based group Malamanya draws on Cuban, Latin and Central American influences as well as their own original compositions to craft their vintage, Afro-Cuban sound.  The eight-piece band performs at The Cedar Friday, August 26th in celebration of their first full-length album, with TUFAWON and DJ Espada opening for the group; tickets are still available online. I had the opportunity to […]

Photos: Lee Scratch Perry at The Cedar August 10th

Eighty-year-old Lee Scratch Perry is a pioneer of dub music, with an impressive history of using innovative techniques in his music. In fact, his first well-known song included the creative use of a sample of a baby crying paired with a reggae track. Widely known for his production history, Perry has produced both his own music and that […]

Photos: The Kominas at The Cedar August 8th

To kick off what they plan to be a year filled with shows, Pakistani-American band The Kominas stopped at The Cedar August 8th as part of their Rock Therapy Tour.  Performing following Syrian Electro-Tarab musician Hello Psychaleppo, the band made sure to pull the crowd closer to the stage before their performance in an act of community. […]

Photos: Krar Collective at The Cedar July 22nd

The 3-member Krar Collective has a sound that is anything but small, which quickly became evident when they filled The Cedar’s dance floor Friday, July 22. There was not a dull moment during this show, and vocalist Genet Assefa’s impressive runs left the crowd screaming their praise.  It’s easy to see the truth in the band’s comparison to […]

Interview: Krar Collective

Ethiopian trio Krar Collective is made up of krar player Temesgen Zeleke, kebero drummer Grum Begashaw, and vocalist Genet Assefa. Known as the “Ethiopian White Stripes,” the group is known for their big sound, grounded by the krar, a five-stringed lyre used in traditional Ethiopian music. Krar Collective gives a modern sound to this ancient instrument […]

Press: Femi Kuti Interview in City Pages

“I was doing a show in St. Louis yesterday and I was very happy to see the kind of audience that appears at shows. It’s music that brings people together. It’s not about black or white. I’m quite pleased my music isn’t limited to one sector in America. Maybe through the Afrobeat we can bring […]