MANKATO, Minn. – The Minnesota State University, Mankato Performance Series offers the opportunity for students and community members to interact with international Somali artist Aar Maanta (pictured) and The Urban Nomads, who will be appearing in Mankato for a week-long residency September 17 – 22, 2018!
Join us at the Kato Ballroom, 200 Chestnut Street, Mankato on Saturday, September 22 for an evening of music and culture by Aar Maanta and his band, The Urban Nomads. The show begins at 7:30 PM with a set by Irie Minds.
The Cedar Cultural Center celebrates its 30th anniversary this fall at the 10th Annual Global Roots Festival taking place September 15-19 2018. Over the last ten years, The Cedar’s signat
ure Global Roots Festival has offered Twin Cities audiences free, in-depth access to new artistic voices from around the world, fulfilling The Cedar’s mission to promote intercultural appreciation and understanding through global music.
The first night of the Festival, Saturday September 15th is a ticketed 30th Birthday Celebration featuring two artists of significance to the Cedar Riverside neighbourhood’s history of immigration:
HOVEN DROVEN “Ringing strings, power pop, E2 brass, and one bell-for-leather tune with acid guitar feedback.”— FolkRoots
AAR MAANTA “The voice of a new Somali generation” — Minnesota Public Radio
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.