89.3 The Current and The Cedar Present
FAARROW with live backing from Astralblak with Ashley DuBose and DJ Flavio
Friday Apr 5, 2019 Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 8:00 PM
$10 Advance / $15 Day of Show / Free at the door with Augsburg ID
This is a standing show with an open floor. General Admission tickets are available online, by phone, Electric Fetus, and The Cedar during shows. Free at the door with Augsburg ID
FAARROW is the project of sisters Iman and Siham Hashi, who were born in Mogadishu, Somalia. After fleeing their home to escape civil war, the sisters and their family relocated to Toronto, Canada as refugees. Iman, meaning “FAITH” and Siham, meaning “ARROW” gives light to the group’s name, FAARROW. Their sound fuses African rhythms with modern production resulting in a drum-heavy fusion of world, hip-hop and pop music. The sisters released their EP “LOST” in 2016 with Warner Brother Records. In 2017 FAARROW made their debut at SXSW for the “ContraBanned” showcase highlighting artists from countries affected by Trump’s travel ban. FAARROW is currently working on a new album set for an independent 2019 release. Iman and Siham also serve as United Nations Spokespeople with the UN Refugee Agency and are actively involved with humanitarian efforts for other human rights organizations. They recently launched a podcast called “PowHer” that discusses spirituality, mental health, soul health, mysticism, healing, culture, identity and beauty through their eyes as recording artists, refugees, and black Muslim women living in a patriarchal world.
FAARROW are presented as part of Midnimo, a program that presents the world's leading Somali musical artists in the form of month-long residencies. Midnimo (the Somali word for "unity") aims to increase understanding of Somali culture in Minnesota, which is home to the largest Somali immigrant population in North America. The program was launched in 2014 in collaboration with Augsburg University, and in 2016 expanded into Greater Minnesota. During residencies, Midnimo artists connect with Minnesotans through in-depth community engagement across the state, including activities like workshops, class visits and education programs, discussions, and live performances in Minneapolis, Mankato, and St. Cloud.
While in Minnesota, FAARROW will be working with the music collective Astralblak, who will learn the sisters’ music and perform as their live backing band during the residency. Astralblak, known for their exploratory modern sound that merges hard grooves, Afrofuturist themes and soulful melodies, consists of musicians/producers MMYYKK, Proper T, Greg Grease, DJ Just Nine, and Art Parté. FAARROW and backing band Astralblak will conduct performances and community-based activities in Minneapolis, Mankato, and St. Cloud, with a public live finale performance in each city.
Ashley DuBose is a soul-pop recording and performing artist. Her albums Somethin’ More and Be You have garnered millions of streams online, while the Star Tribune named Be You one of the best local albums of the year. City Pages crowned her “Best Female Vocalist” in its annual “Best of the Twin Cities” issue. She has been performed around the world with a boutique special events cover band in addition to her solo performances. She recently released a collaborative EP titled Back To Reality.
My name is Mohamed Nor and I go by the name DJ Flavio. I am from Minneapolis, Minnesota where I’ve played the role of a DJ for the community and its greater parts for 2 years. Being born in Somalia and also growing up in Egypt, I’ve had a lot of influences in terms of the music I play at events. Growing up in these diverse cultures has allowed me to connect with my community through music, having played at a lot of events my community’s population has hosted. I’m inspired to connect the gap between generations in terms of music and want to bring them together. I have learned a lot of my craft by working with older generation DJs and musicians who have instilled in me good work ethic and respect for all cultures.