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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.

I thought Somali music was dead! Through Midnimo, I have seen that Somali Music is alive in Minnesota!
— Maryan Mursal, "Mother of Somalia" and 2015 Midnimo Artist

Past Midnimo Residencies and Events:

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Aar Maanta

Aar Maanta

The Cedar's 2018-19 Artist-in-Residence

Aar Maanta is a Somali musician whose activism, work and creativity led him to become a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR), while leading one of the only active touring bands in the world that plays live Somali music. His work includes the recent UNHCR campaign about irregular youth migration in the Horn of Africa, Dangerous Crossings, for which his song “Tahriib” was reproduced and performed in collaboration with leading artists from Africa.

Over the course of 2018-19, Aar Maanta will perform four upcoming concerts, tour through Mankato and St. Cloud, participate in educational programs and residency events across the state, and spearhead the creation of a brand new Somali children's album in collaboration with Greg Grease from Astralblak and Somali playwright, poet, educator and filmmaker Said Salah.

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