TRACING THE HISTORY OF OUD with Issam Rafea, Najax, Ahmed Yusuf, Dalmar Yare, and Gao Hong,

The Cedar and Somali Museum of Minnesota Present

TRACING THE HISTORY OF OUD with Issam Rafea, Najax, Ahmed Yusuf, Dalmar Yare, and Gao Hong,

Tue, April 24, 2018

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

The Somali Museum of Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN


This event is all ages

This event will take place at The Somali Museum at 1516 East Lake Street #011, Minneapolis.

This event is free and open to the public. 

Tracing The History of Oud
The pear-shaped stringed Oud is one of the oldest musical instruments in the world. It’s influenced music throughout the Middle East and Africa, including traditional Somali music. Discover “the king of instruments” at a free discussion and performance on Tuesday, April 24th hosted by The Somali of Museum of Minnesota and The Cedar Cultural Center!

Somali singer Dalmar Yare, and Chinese pipa master Gao Hong,​ will lead a conversation with master Somali Oud player Najax​​, master Syrian Oud player Issam Rafea, and historian and author Ahmed Yusuf. Learn about ​the Oud’s importance in different musical traditions and cultures, trace the Oud family tree, understand how this instrument is getting passed down to new generations, and hear the Oud performed live.

The Somali Museum will be open until 7. Come explore the collection before the discussion starts!
Venue Information:
The Somali Museum of Minnesota
1516 E Lake St #011
Minneapolis, MN, 55407


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