The Cedar Presents
AFRICAN DIASPORA MUSIC SHOWCASE featuring Carolyne Naomi, Temezgen, and Amjet Kemet, curated by Lula Saleh
Sunday Nov 25, 2018 Doors: 7:00 PM Show: 7:30 PM
This is a standing show with an open floor. Tickets are free and can be reserved online.
Rescheduled from the Global Roots Festival, East African Diaspora Artists Initiative founder Lula Saleh has curated a special night of free music from three local artists spanning various genres. Nigerian singer-songwriter, Carolyne Naomi; RnB and Alternative artist and producer, Temezgen; and poet and hip-hop artist, Amjet Kemet, will each share the stage for a noteworthy night of songs, beats, and spoken word.
Carolyne Naomi’s music is a tapestry of culture and music, which encompasses love and light through guitar, voice and soul.
The Nigerian-born guitarist realized her love for music at an early age. At 9 years old, she penned her first original composition. As a teenager, the guitar became her instrument of choice. With her new instrument, she wrote more songs, performed on different stages, becoming a contestant on the premier edition of MTN Project Fame West Africa, a music competition/reality TV show that aired in various parts of the African continent. Her nickname during the show was “the Guitar Girl”.
She fine-tuned her writing skills by writing jingles for Beat 99.9 FM, and other urban radio stations in Lagos. She also wrote one for renowned on-air personality, IK Osakioduwa, host of Big Brother Nigeria and The Voice Nigeria.
Over the years, she has cultivated her own sound, which embraces many genres. Naomi describes her style as a “culmination of different music I grew up listing to over the years: R&B and soul from the ’80s era to present, pop, jazz, gospel, and Afro-beats.” Naomi currently calls Minneapolis home.
Temezgen is an Eritrean American RnB/Alternative singer-songwriter and producer from the Twin Cities.
Amjet Kemet is a Sudanese American hip hop artist and poet. Son, Brother, Husband, Father. Part-time mixed medium artist, full time Community Health Navigator also known locally as Amjet Kemet via open mic circles and other artistic platforms. Native of Africa by way of Sudan and Somalia, raised in Washington DC. migrated to "Minnesota nice" in the late 90s because all of my cousins were here. Co-founder of Nomadic Expressions Open Mic.