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.
Aar Maanta is a Somali-British singer, songwriter, producer, and actor. Aar Maanta spent his early years in Somalia, but on the eve of the civil war in the early 1990’s, he moved to the UK. Some describe his music as “afro-hop”:afro because it’s African music and hop because it hops among Somali styles and such genres as jazz, reggae, and house music. His is the music and the voice of a new generation. “Aar Maanta aims to make music that reaches uprooted Somalis, which addresses the unique issues of those living outside of their homeland” (MPR News). His international touring band includes Italian bass player Ruth Goller, British/South African saxophonist Josh Cutler, French guitarist Thibaut Remy, and Nepalese/Scottish drummer Pharoah Smeaton Russell.
Friday, September 28
Saturday, September 29
Famed Somali musician Aar Maanta is coming to St. Cloud for a week-long residency October 7 -13 and will perform on the Paramount stage October 13 at 7:30 pm with his band The Urban Nomads!
With Aar Maanta’s talent, passion and will power, he is today revered as one of the most creative and talented Somali musicians both in the Horn of Africa and the Diaspora. After the challenges of an uprooted childhood and resettlement due to the Revolution in Somalia, Aar had to overcome further obstacles to arrive at this point in his career.
Residing in London since the 1990’s, Aar Maanta formed his band, The Urban Nomads, a multinational and multi-talented collective. Tony Benjamin of Bristol Post summed up a recent concert in London with the following review “The band sound is nicely dominated by articulate hand drum and swooning sax/guitar interplay, the rhythms varying from slinky North African to choppy reggae and a couple of grandstand funk numbers, with Aar Maanta’s soulful vocals soaring over them all. It’s a fine voice, too, with the dusty echo of desert dust colouring the sweetness of his tone.” Aar Maanta has performed at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis to a packed house that included a very mixed audience of local Somali, near-by college students and larger community members coming together to enjoy wonderful music and a powerful message.
Kayd Somali Arts & Culture, with its partners, is proud to present its 10th Anniversary of Kayd’s Somali Week Festival. The festival, an integral part of the United Kingdom Black History Month, will run from 19th October to 28th October 2018. Come and see the new play ‘Arawelo’ created by Queen of Sheba International. Arawelo is the first play of its kind, a modern retelling of a Somali classic; the evening concludes with a performance by the spectacular Aar Maanta and The Urban Nomads.