North America Super Stars is a collective of Somali artists that performs in various configurations around the Twin Cities and beyond. The group includes vocalists Dalmar Yare and Hodan Abdirahman, founding members of the foremost Somali Hip Hop group Waayaha Cusub.
Formed in the 1980s Dur-Dur Band was one of the most famous groups in Mogadishu’s music scene. Known as Somalia’s “last great party band,” they disbanded when the civil war forced the musicians into exile.
The music of Taleex Band combines many voices of male and female Somali artists. Though they’ve performed as a group for less than a year, Taleex Band may be paving the way for a revival of Somali music of the 60’s and 70’s
In 2014 The Cedar presented three local Somali artists as part of our 6th annual three-day Global Roots Festival. We commissioned two collaborations between local Somali singers and non-Somali bands to present full live performances.
On August 19, 2015, Midnimo artists conducted an engaging workshop for young people from ages 5 all the way to 18 in Highland Park in Mankato. Youth learned the traditional Somali dhaanto and got to dance to live Somali music for the first time in their lives.
As part of The Cedar’s 7th annual Global Roots Festival, onn September 24, 2015 we hosted “How to Build a Multi-Cultural Band,” a workshop for adventurous artists lead by Hodan, Dalmar, Bob Stacke, and Vladamir of Alma Andina at Common Table.
Mursal’s life story is dramatic, compelling, and very representative of the plight of too many modern-day refugees, but especially resonant with fellow Somalis. One of the first professional female vocalists of Muslim faith, Mursal was a star in her homeland while still in her teens.