GLOBAL ROOTS FESTIVAL 2017: Sahba Motallebi & Naghmeh Farahmand and Bitori

The Cedar Presents

GLOBAL ROOTS FESTIVAL 2017: Sahba Motallebi & Naghmeh Farahmand and Bitori

Wed, September 20, 2017

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

Cedar Cultural Center - Global Roots

Minneapolis, MN

Free (reservation encouraged)

Free (reservation encouraged)

This event is all ages

This is a standing show with an open floor.

Tickets are free and can be reserved online.


Sahba Motallebi with Naghmeh Farahmand
Sahba Motallebi with Naghmeh Farahmand
Iranian musician Sahba Motallebi is one of the few female soloists of the tar and setar, lute-like stringed instruments. She specializes in Persian classical music, a tradition of virtuoso improvisation based on melodic modes (dastgah) that reflect the mood of the musician and the occasion. At the age of 14, Sahba began studying at Tehran Conservatory of Music where she helped found the women’s music ensemble Chakaveh, and later joined the Iranian National Orchestra, beginning her career as an international performer. Sahba is accompanied by Persian percussionist Naghmeh Farahmand, who grew up surrounded by music as the daughter of one of the leading percussion masters of Iran, Mahmoud Farahmand. Naghmeh plays a single headed goblet drum called the tonbak; the daf, a large frame drum; and the santoor, a hammered dulcimer.
Cape Verdean accordionist Victor Tavares, better known as Bitori, is a torchbearer for the island’s funaná genre. An upbeat, accordion-based music accompanied by the ferrinho, a scraped metallic bar, funaná was initially banned and discounted as music of uneducated peasants. It was only following Cape Verde´s independence from Portugal in 1975 that the funaná sound began to gain recognition. Traditional funaná wasn't recorded until the late 90's when iconic singer and composer Chando Graciosa invited Bitori to record an album. It was an immediate hit, and proved to be a catalyst for generations of musicians from Cape Verde and beyond. Recently reunited with a five-piece band after 20 years, the 78-year-old Bitori continues to tour funaná around the world.
Local Roots Festival - BATO BATO and Argos
Before each night of the Global Roots Festival, don’t miss the Local Roots Festival presented by Pizza Lucé from 6-7:30pm on The Cedar's Plaza. Wednesday's Local Roots performers are BATO BATO, Breck School’s Marimba Band featuring 20+ students playing upbeat percussion sure to make you dance and Argos, Minneapolis’ elder Somali oud player, entertaining with uplifting original songs that use metaphor and imagery to tell stories of love and life.

Come early for free pizza from Pizza Lucé.
Venue Information:
Cedar Cultural Center - Global Roots
416 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN, 55454


Ticket options and info

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets are not always available at Depth of Field, Electric Fetus & The Cedar.

Check the top of this page under the “Buy Tickets” button for up-to-date ticket information.

  • Phone: 612-338-2674 ext 0 between 12 noon and 4pm M-F ($2 fee per ticket)
  • In person: Tickets can be purchased at The Cedar when we are open for shows. Check our calendar for show dates and door times  (no fee; cash, check, credit card). Our other ticket outlets are Depth of Field (no fee; cash or check only), and Electric Fetus (approximately $2 fee).
  • Online: (On Ticketfly, typically $2–$3 fee/ticket + $1 restoration fee) until 2 hours before door time on day of show
  • 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).
  • Access: The Cedar strives to make our facilities and programming available to as many community members as possible and will accommodate special requests to the best of our ability. To request special accommodations or seating at an upcoming Cedar show, please contact our box office at 612-338-2674 or