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 […]

The Grace & Dalmar Show – Episode 1

The Grace & Dalmar Show, hosted by Grace Evenson (Cedar Booking Coordinator) and Dalmar Yare (Cedar Artist in Residence), is a short web series highlighting artists coming to The Cedar Cultural Center. This first episode features the Minnesota Somali American Independence Week Festival Closing Ceremony (7/16), King Sunny Ade (7/20) and Krar Collective (7/22). For more […]

Interview: Debo Band

“If George Clinton had come from Ethiopia instead of outer space, the result might have been what Debo Band gives you.” — The Boston Globe Kicking off this year’s African Summer at The Cedar is Debo Band, an eleven piece ensemble that has won rave reviews for their groundbreaking take on Ethiopian pop music, which […]

Dance to Debo Band at The Cedar 7/8

Debo Band is returning to the Cedar! This 11-piece band mixes together Ethiopian pop and contemporary funk, the result being songs you can’t help but dance to. Bandleader Danny Mekkonen describes their sound as “inspired as much by 1970’s Ethiopia, as by our collective musical upbringing in Boston.” July 8 at the Cedar; get tickets […]