Midnimo, the Somali word for “unity,” is a program that features Somali artists from Minnesota and around the world in residencies and events that increase understanding of Somali culture through music. Midnimo is reviving and preserving Somalia’s rich musical traditions while fostering social connections between generations and cultures across Minnesota.
Ubadkaa Mudnaanta Leh (“Children Have Priority”) is a new bilingual Somali-English children’s album collaboratively written by Aar Maanta, Somali playwright, poet, educator and filmmaker Said Salah, and 20+ youth and teenagers from the Cedar Riverside neighborhood. For their album release show Aar Maanta & Friends will be joined by storytellers from The Children’s Theatre Company and a fashion show curated by Sisterhood Boutique.
FAARROW is the project of Somali sisters Iman and Siham Hashi. After fleeing their home in Mogadishu to escape civil war, the sisters and their family relocated to Toronto, Canada as refugees. Their sound fuses African rhythms with modern production resulting in a drum-heavy fusion of hip-hop and pop music. FAARROW will be joined by live backing band Astralblak for an incredible night of contemporary Somali music.