Waayaha Cusub is a Somali hip-hop collective founded in Kenya in 2002 and led by lyricist and rapper Shiine Abdullahi Ali. With a message that challenges militants and extremist politics, Waayaha Cusub is recognized for its artistry as well as its activism.
Most bands start off small, playing their first gig at a coffee shop on a weekday night or maybe a house show. The Ambassadors aren’t like most bands. Their first ever show was to a sold-out Saturday night crowd at The Cedar Cultural Center, opening for Somali hip-hop collective Waayaha Cusub. Supported by the Minnesota […]
On October 28nd, Somali hip-hop collective, Waayaha Cusub traveled to Kato Ballroom in Mankato for their second of three Midnimo finale concerts. The concert was free for all students. Catch Waayaha Cusub at their last Minnesota show this Friday, November 4th in St. Cloud at Paramount Center for the Arts!
On October 22nd, Somali hip-hop collective, Waayaha Cusub, sold out The Cedar with a stirring performance of their world renowned Somali hip-hop fusion. Here in Minnesota for the Midnimo Residency, this was their first concert of three in Minnesota with opening act, The Ambassadors. The Ambassadors kicked off the show with their uniquely riveting Somali […]
Somali hip-hop collective Waayaha Cusub played to a sold-out crowd in Minneapolis at The Cedar Cultural Center on October 22nd. Catch them at their third Minnesota show in St. Cloud on Friday, November 4th at Paramount Center for the Arts! Tickets and more information are available at thecedar.org/midnimo.
A Living Room Concert took place on October 20th for a community gathering of music and solidarity in support of Waayaha Cusub and Falis Abdi Mohamud. The event was hosted by The Cedar Cultural Center and Jim Anton, with generous use of his home studio space in Minneapolis.
Grace and Dalmar return for Episode 4! This time, we’re featuring Waayaha Cusub (10/22-11/4) and Festival de las Calaveras (11/5). 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). For more information and tickets […]
Dear Cedar Supporters and Community Members, I’m writing to announce that Falis Abdi Mohamud, the female lead of the Somali hip-hop collective Waayaha Cusub, will be unable to join the rest of the group for their month-long Midnimo residency in Minnesota. Midnimo is a program launched in 2014 by The Cedar and Augsburg College that […]
Waayaha Cusub rehearse with local artists deVon Gray, founding member of hip-hop group Hieruspecs, along with Joey Van Phillips (Dessa, POS, Toki Wright), Jim Anton (Johnny Lang), and Jeremy Ylvisaker (Alpha Consumer, The Cloak Ox). Don’t miss the Residency Finale Performance at The Cedar on October 22, Kato Ballroom in Mankato on October 28, and […]
Midnimo Artists-in-Residence, Waayaha Cusub, DJ’d Somali tunes at the 35th annual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. This was one Cheer Zone that had runners dancing as they passed – even in mile 19! Check out more information about Waayaha Cusub’s Midnimo residency on The Cedar’s website at www.thecedar.org/midnimo.