November Highlights at The Cedar

Check out a playlist of all our November 2017 artists on Spotify, and read up on our top picks below.     Yael Deckelbaum – Friday, November 3 Equal parts singer-songwriter and political activist, Yael Deckelbaum unites her passion for generating social change with her roots in country music and traditional Irish tunes to create a soulful folk […]

Visa delays force The Cedar to cancel Fall Midnimo residency with Aar Maanta

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 MINNEAPOLIS, MN:  A consortium of Minnesota-based performing arts presenters and universities led by The Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis announced today the cancellation of a month-long residency featuring a Somali musician and his band due to visa delays. London-based Somali artist Aar Maanta and his band The Urban Nomads were to be […]

2016-17 Annual Report

I am pleased to share with you The Cedar’s 2016-17 Annual Report. This year, we’ve chosen to highlight the voices of some of the artists and community members that have been involved in our past season. I hope you’ll find inspiration in their words, just as we have.

The Grace & Dalmar Show – Episode 9

Grace and Dalmar are grooving into a very dance-filled July at The Cedar, giving you the inside scoop on the circus spectacular of Portland’s MarchFourth (7/12); a “Basement Bhangra” dance party not to be missed featuring NYC based DJ Rekha (7/22); and the return of beloved Malian musicians Amadou & Mariam after five years (7/27). […]

Students Speak about Midnimo in Mankato

What does it mean to bring a legend of Somali music to your college campus? Hear what three members of the Minnesota State University Somali Student Association have to say about Somali singer Nimco Yasin’s​ recent Mankato Midnimo residency and its impact on them and their campus. Midnimo, the Somali word for “unity,” is a […]

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 […]

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 […]