WAAYAHA CUSUB with Ambassadors at Paramount Center for the Arts

The Cedar Presents

WAAYAHA CUSUB with Ambassadors at Paramount Center for the Arts

Fri, November 4, 2016

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Paramount Center for the Arts - Midnimo

St. Cloud, MN

$20 Advance / $25 Day of show

This event is all ages

This is a seated show. Waayaha Cusub Midnimo Finale Concert at Paramount Center for the Arts, St. Cloud MN.

Tickets are ​only ​available​ through Paramount Center for the Arts online (click the "Buy Tickets" button above). Tickets are free with SCSU ID. 

Waayaha Cusub
Waayaha Cusub
Waayaha Cusub (“New Era”) is a Somali hip-hop collective founded in Kenya in 2002 by lyricist and rapper Shiine Akhyaar Ali. With a message that challenges militants and extremist politics, Waayaha Cusub is recognized for its artistry as well as its activism. As leaders who speak out against war, violence, and oppressive leadership, the artists have endured death threats and violent attacks. In 2007, Shiine was shot five times by militants. Regardless, the band has pressed on, receiving positive media coverage by CNN, Rolling Stone, The LA Times, Vice Magazine, BBC, and others.

In 2013, Waayaha Cusub established and headlined the “Somali Sunrise Tour for Peace,” a series of concerts in East Africa that culminated in the first music festival in Somalia since the start of the civil war in the early 1990s. The Festival included six concerts and reached over 2,000 people, including a group of 850 former al-Shabab youth at a rehabilitation center. According to Waayaha Cusub member Lihle Muhidin in an interview with Vice Magazine, the youth were ecstatic to dance and sing with the group, and some even got on stage. A former soldier himself, Lihle connected with the youth who, having experienced the violence first-hand, are “now ready to work for peace and stability in our country.” The group was recently granted asylum in the Netherlands where they are completing their newest album, Nabad Waa Muhim (“Peace is Vital”).

For their Midnimo residencies, Waayaha Cusub will collaborate with deVon Gray, founding member of St. Paul-based hip-hop group Heiruspecs, along with percussionist Joey Van Phillips (Dessa, Aby Wolf), bassist Jim Anton (Jonny Lang, Chastity Brown, Dean Magraw, and Greazy Meal), and guitarist Jeremy Ylvisaker (Alpha Consumer, The Cloak Ox). The collaboration between Waayaha Cusub and local artists will help draw Somali and non-Somali audiences and facilitate peer learning between artists of different cultures.

Because of the destructive impact of civil war and the censorship of Somali artists and music culture, there are few opportunities to experience live performances by Somali artists. Waayaha Cusub’s Midnimo residencies will give Minnesota audiences an unprecedented chance to experience the group, who will be reunited with all of the original members and performing live for the first time in the US. As a group who has planned and led international festival activities and works to connect with and activate young people, Waayaha Cusub is highly qualified to inspire and engage diverse audiences through these activities.
Venue Information:
Paramount Center for the Arts - Midnimo
913 West St. Germain Street
St. Cloud, MN, 56301


Ticket options and info

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  • Phone: 612-338-2674 ext 0 between 12 noon and 4pm M-F ($2 fee per ticket)
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  • The Cedar is an all ages venue
  • Discounts: Students with ID, seniors over 65, and children under 12 may purchase tickets at a discount at the door (subject to ticket availability).
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