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 […]

Photos: Nimco Yasin at The Cedar 3/31

Nimco Yasin took to The Cedar’s stage on Friday, March 31st to celebrate the end of her artist residency in Minneapolis. Along with local artist Rahmo Rose, she filled the venue with her striking voice and renditions of emotional love ballads. Nimco will now head to Mankato and St. Cloud for week-long residencies in each city […]

Behind The Scenes: Rehearsal with Nimco Yasin

Check out a special behind-the-scenes rehearsal with Nimco Yasin!   Nimco Yasin rose to fame as part of a member of the legendary Waaberi Group in the 80s. Waaberi Group was Somalia’s government-sponsored music and dance troupe that included the most talented singers, musicians, and dancers in the country. With more than 300 members over […]

The Grace & Dalmar Show – Episode 7

It’s time for Grace & Dalmar episode 7! This episode, we’re featuring Ballake Sissoko and Vincent Segal (3/9), Kneedelus (3/24), and Tinariwen with Dengue Fever (4/10). 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 […]

Waayaha Cusub Discuss Their Music & Message on KVSC 88.1

This October, Waayaha Cusub, a Somali hip-hop collective that has performed worldwide promoting peace, visited Minneapolis, Mankato and St. Cloud as part of their Midnimo residency. In this interview on KVSC 88.1 in St. Cloud, they discussed their music, their message, and becoming a “band of the people.” Midnimo, the Somali word for “unity,” is […]

The Grace & Dalmar Show – Episode 5

It’s the 5th episode of the Grace and Dalmar Show! This episode features 9th Annual Dosh & Friends with Guitar Party and JT Bates & Anthony Cox​ (12/10), Blackout ft. Joe Davis, Nick Jordan, and Destiny Roberts​ (1/7), and Dan Newton’s Cafe Accordion Orchestra​ (1/14). The Grace & Dalmar Show is a short web series […]