Free Plaza Performance ft. HARBI and Rahmo Rose Band

The Cedar Presents

Free Plaza Performance ft. HARBI and Rahmo Rose Band

Fri, June 30, 2017

Doors: 11:00 am / Show: 11:00 am (event ends at 12:00 pm)

Cedar Cultural Center

Minneapolis, MN


This event is all ages

This event will take place on The Cedar's Community Plaza, located to the right of The Cedar's doors. This performance is free and open to the public. 

Local Somali percussionist Harbi will debut his work "Heartbeat of Durbaanka," a new work funded by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board Cultural Community Partnership program. “Heartbeat of Durbaanka,” highlights Somali music’s unique rhythm.

Abdirizak Kahiye, better known as “Harbi,” was born in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1965 and began learning traditional Somali percussion and drums at the age of ten from respected musician and mentor Fil Fil. By the time he was a teenager, he had developed the versatility, reputation, and confidence as a percussionist to perform with Dur-Dur Band, the hottest Mogadishu nightclub band of its era, as well as the revered government-supported music and dance troupe, Waaberi Group.

At the outbreak of war in 1991, at the peak of his career, Harbi was forced to flee Somalia for Nairobi, Kenya. While many artists abandoned their work, Harbi reconnected with former Waaberi Group members and continued to perform in the Kenyan refugee camp. In 1992, Harbi immigrated to Minnesota. From 1996 to 2008, Harbi composed and produced four studio albums featuring singers Roda Wacan, Abdi Terbi, Abdullahi Bogol, and Saado Ali Warsame. As the most highly sought-after Somali percussionist, Harbi has performed with these and many prominent Somali singers at cultural events and weddings all over the U.S.

Most recently, Harbi has been the percussionist for five residencies as part of The Cedar Cultural Center’s Midnimo program. Launched in 2014, Midnimo consists of multi-week residencies with Somali musicians from around the world that include public concerts and artist-led workshops, discussions, and activities throughout the state.
Rahmo Rose Band
Rahmo Rose Band, a group featuring The Cedar’s Somali Artist-in-Residence Rahmo Rose, performs in collaboration with Augsburg College’s Small Jazz Ensemble. The group was created as part of The Cedar's most recent Midnimo residency, where they opened for London-based Somali qaarami singer Nimco Yasisn in Minneapolis, Mankato, and St. Cloud. They’ll perform for a fourth time on The Cedar’s Community Plaza.
Venue Information:
Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN, 55454


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
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