Somali Artist Residencies: Midnimo, North America Super Stars on the Morning Blend

The Cedar Cultural Center is collaborating with Augsburg College for a series of Somali artist residencies called Midnimo.  The series has already included local musicians from the Twin Cities as well as international acts like The Dur-Dur Band who reunited for a show in November. The latest Midnimo artist residency features The North America Super Stars, based in Minneapolis.  This week they host workshops, collaborations, and perfomances throughout Minneapolis.

Midnimo seeks to bring Somali music to places where it would not otherwise be heard, like Elsie's Bar and Bowling Alley in Northeast, for example, where Hodan Abdirahman and Dalmar Yare from the Super Stars taught audiences Somali songs using their synth-driving electric pop.  

The North America Super Stars residency finale performance is Saturday, February 14 at the Cedar at 8 pm.

KFAI's Ryan Dawes speaks with Abdirahman and Yare about their residency and collaborations with Augsburg students and alumni, plus we hear from The Cedar's development director, Adrienne Dorn, who explains the vision behind the Midnimo series.

Photo: Hodan Abdirahman and Dalmar Yare in KFAI's Studio 4

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