Read The Cedar’s 2017-18 Annual Report

From Local… to National… to Global…. The Cedar’s work amplifies artistic voices and brings communities together through music.    Welcome to The Cedar Cultural Center’s 2017-18 Annual Report. In the pages to follow, we’re focusing on the ripple effect of music in our community, celebrating the incredible artists who graced our stage in the last year, […]

The Best of 2017

    2017 brought a particularly vibrant collection of artists to Twin Cities venues. From the Roma di Luna reunion to Seu Jorge’s tribute to David Bowie, so many magic musical moments happened on The Cedar’s stage and beyond. Read what concerts made a mark on Cedar staff and board members in 2017, then listen to “Cedar 2017 Highlights,” a […]


Somali-Canadian neo-soul singer and producer Cold Specks has earned a reputation for her stunning voice and goth-tinged R&B style. Sometimes referred to as “doom soul,” her contemplative sound has grown from roots in southern soul and gospel tradition. On her September release, Fool’s Paradise, she explores a more minimalist electronic approach while maintaining her gospel influence. Addressing her identity as a […]

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 […]