City Hall Square fills up with people, colours, scents, sounds and experiences. The Mela Festival is a free-entry festival for the whole family. The annual event features dance, theatre, arts and crafts, and music from different parts of the world including Aar Maanta and his band The Urban Nomads.
Aar Maanta kommer til Kulturnatta lørdag 11. november, og spiller konsert i Sliperiet kl. 22.00.
Den somalisk-britiske artisten gjør stor suksess i Europa med sitt multinasjonale band. Aar Maanta er anerkjent for sin kombinasjon av tradisjonell somalisk musikk og et bredt spekter av moderne musikksjangere, også beskrevet som «afro-hop».
Aar Maanta and his multinational band ‘The Urban Nomads’ are bringing their mix of traditional Somali music with reggae, funk, and rock from London to Larvik. Headlining this year’s Larvik Culture Night Festival. For more info about the event and tickets please click on the link below.
This year as always, Somali Week Festival will culminate in the ever popular Final Beats concert featuring a unique and wonderful lineup of Somali singers. The evening will be headlined by the wonderful Hodan Abdirahman, from the United States, daughter of the legendary singer Amina Abdullahi. She will be joined by Mursal Muse, one of the founding members of Xidigaha Geeska, the only post-war band to emerge from Somaliland, now enjoying a successful solo career, Hodan Omar Dhule daughter of another beloved artist Omar Dhuule. UK based singers Cabdirisaaq Gaadaco will be sharing the stage with Aar Maanta to round-up the night with inspiring singing and dancing to carry us over until the next year!
Amal @ Greenbelt is a new venue showcasing Muslim artistry, ideas, conversation and spirituality and curated for us by Chicago-based cultural producer Asad Ali Jafri. Building on our long history of welcoming Muslim thinkers and artists, Amal @ Greenbelt represents the next stage on this long and important journey of deeper understanding and celebration.
MUSIC SHOWCASE, FT: ZAMAAN AND AAR MAANTA
‘Zamaan’, meaning time in Arabic and often referring to the past, is a growing project between Rihab Azar & Jamal Al Sakka that revives, celebrates and builds on gems of Arabic and Middle-Eastern music. Featuring the oud and percussion, the project presents both sung and instrumental repertoire. Aar Manta, singer/ songwriter, is described by young Somalis in the UK as ‘the voice of our generation’ because of his songs relevancy to Somali immigrants. A multi-instrumentalist, he plays keyboard and oud — a staple of traditional Somali music.
JOURNEYS FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL:
A free Festival weekend that celebrates influences and talent from around the world in one weekend. Jubilee Square will be transformed into a vibrant melting pot with a main stage of world music delights, street food vendors (Saturday only) and hands-on, artist led creative workshops, influenced by every corner of the globe.
Join us for a showcase of the finest beats, spoken word and musical fusions to fill your ears. Dust off those dancing shoes Leicester and head to Jubilee Square!
Come to the Museum for a day of films, drop-in workshops and performance by Aar Maanta and his multi-national band The Urban Nomads.
As part of Refugee Week (19–25 June 2017), the British Museum is collaborating with Counterpoints Arts to organise a special day at the Museum. Refugee Week is organised by Counterpoints Arts as part of their mission to engage with refugee and migrant experiences through arts and cultural programmes.
The theme of this year’s Refugee Week is ‘Different pasts, shared future’. You are invited to get involved and find out about the positive contribution refugees have made and continue to make to the UK.
Kayd Somali Arts and Culture in collaboration with UCL and UCL Grand Challenges is delighted to host an evening dedicated to Soomaalinimo in the 21st century.
This evening event continues a long tradition of debating Somali affairs at the University of London, bringing some of the most renowned scholars together in conversation with one another, and with lively audiences. This year we are exploring the meaning of Soomaalinimo(Somaliness) and the ways in which it has evolved historically since it first emerged in anti-colonial struggles in the 1940s. Speakers will investigate the multiple and contested political, cultural and social meanings ofSoomaalinimo, and reflect on what it means today for younger generations.
Speakers will include: Prof Ali Jimale Ahmed is from Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Prof Jimale is the Chair of Comparative Literature at Queens College, and teaches courses in African, Middle Eastern, and European literature. His books include: The Invention of Somalia(Red Sea Press, 1995);Daybreak Is Near: Literature, Clans, and the Nation-State in Somalia (Red Sea Press, 1996);Fear Is a Cow(Red Sea Press, 2002);and When Donkeys Give Birth to Calves: Totems, Wars, Horizons, Diasporas (Red Sea Press, 2012) and he was one of the first scholars to challenge and deconstruct the politicised narratives around Somali identity and culture and homogeneity.
Nadifa Mohamedis a renowned Somali-British novelist and author of two books, Black Mamba Boy and The Orchard of Lost Souls. She was awarded Granta’s ‘Best of Young British Novelists’ award in 2013, and was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award.
Mohammed Ibrahim Shire is an author, blogger, and historian living in the United Kingdom. Born in war-torn Somalia, his family moved to provide a better life for themselves when he was only six years old. He spent his youth in the Netherlands before deciding to pursue his education in the UK where he is working towards a PhD at Loughborough University. Shire is especially interested in Somali history, and runs a blog devoted to exploring the past events of the country.
The evening will close with a concert by Aar Maanta, the voice of the new generation of Somali musicians here in the UK. He will perform with his band. Aar Maanta is a Somali-British singer-songwriter and instrumentalist. He is popular with Somali and non-Somali audiences of all ages as he fuses contemporary music with traditional Somali rhythms to produce an eclectic sound.
ArtReach is thrilled to announce Aar Maanta and his mulitnational band The Urban Nomads will be headlining Journeys Festival on Sunday 21st August. Journeys festival, a two day, multi art-form event in the heart of Leicester City Centre. A free event for all the family to enjoy the exciting talents of immigrant artists coming to the UK.
Bank Holiday Monday 30th May 2016 (12 – 12am)
A day filled with comedy, music, film, poetry and literature by some of the UK’s best Somali talent and more!
Hosted by Baar Hersi and Muna Osman
Journalism and news graduate, an ambassador for Restless Development youth day 2015 and founder of Takow Network. Ladan Takow will be doing a presentation on the benefits of volunteering and activism.
Unique poet Aaden Muuse Haybe, who delivers poems about serious Diaspora issues in his own humorous Som-English style. Aadan will perform some of his most popular Somali English mix poems.
Award winning filmmaker described as “…a walking, talking bag of positive energy” by The Daily Telegraph. Mo Ali will be sharing his journey to becoming a successful UK Somali director.
Singer, songwriter and the Voice UK 2014 quarter finalist, Autumn Sharif will be performing new songs from her upcoming EP with her band.
Award winning British-Somali writer and author of ‘Black Mamba Boy’, Nadifa Mohamed will be reading a chapter of her latest novel, ‘The Orchard of Lost Souls’ followed by a question and answer session.
Following his successful Australia tour, the UK’s only stand-up comedian of Somali origin Prince Abdi is back with charismatic style, bringing a unique blend of outstandingly witty stories and jokes.
Playwright, whose work includes ‘Struggle’ and ‘Stripped Black’, Firdos Ali will be performing her one-woman play, ‘How I Feel’, a piece about a young woman who shares Somali tea and secrets with unexpected visitors.
Singer, songwriter who has embraced an electric mix of styles with influences from rock and reggae jostling with traditional Somali music, Aar Maanta will be performing new songs from his upcoming album with his band The urban Nomads.
From Somalia to Nepal to the Caribbean | 3 nights of music and food at the Tramshed
Pupils from Plumcroft Primary School will be performing a specially selected song with Aar and his band.
Lyrically Aar Maanta’s songs are written in the traditional Somali poetic form using allegory and alliteration to address issues of relevance to Somali immigrants. As a result, Ahmed ‘Hudeydi’ Ismail Hussein, a master oud player and one of Somali music’s greatest composers as well as Hassan Aadan Samatar, an iconic lead singer of Somalia’s now defunct national theatre Waaberi, have endorsed Aar’s music as the bridge that links the old musical generation to the new one.
Aar Maanta’s growing appreciation for live music and the lack of it in the industry, led him to form his The Urban Nomads. A multinational and multi-talented collective which consist of Italian bass player Ruth Goller, British/Caribbean saxophonist and keyboard player Josh, French guitarist and sound engineer Thibaut Remy, and Nepalese/Scottish drummer Pharoah Smeaton Russell. Each member of the band brings a unique musical knowledge and background experience to the mix to create a distinct sound that reflects the diversity of Aar’s musical influences.