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Diamond Platnumz in top form in Minneapolis

Diamond Platnumz in top form in Minneapolis

By now no one expects African shows put up by African promoters in the Twin Cities to start at the advertised time and indeed throughout the United States, which puts…

Bongo flava time in downtown Minneapolis as Diamond concert beckons

Bongo flava time in downtown Minneapolis as Diamond concert beckons

One of Tanzania’s most decorated musicians, Diamond (Nasibu Abdul Juma), takes the stage in downtown Minneapolis on Saturday, July 23 at the C’est La Vie across from Target field. It…

Urhobo Night in Minnesota with Chief Okpan Arhibo

Urhobo Night in Minnesota with Chief Okpan Arhibo

Minnesotans are in for rare treat this weekend when Okpan Arhibo takes the stage at the Country Inn Suites in Coon Rapids on Saturday (July 23). He is on a…

Femi Kuti and the Positive Force Take the Stage at The Cedar

Femi Kuti and the Positive Force Take the Stage at The Cedar

I couldn’t envision Femi Kuti and the Positive Force squashing onto The Cedar’s stage—not all the horn players, guitar players, drummers, dancers, keyboardist, and the man himself. I also could…

Femi Kuti to Perform at The Cedar July 15–Global Roots series

“How can you not care about 49 people killed in a nightclub,” Femi Kuti asks plaintively over the phone during an interview with Mshale recently. Indeed, this musical master of…

Siama Matuzungidi to Shake the Stage at the Cedar May 31

Siama Matuzungidi traveled across Africa performing his beloved soukous music of Zaire, now Democratic Republic of the Congo. Along the journey, he felt influences from Uganda, Kenya, and even Japan…

Queen of African music set for “Woman of Substance” concert in St. Paul

Queen of African music set for “Woman of Substance” concert in St. Paul

As part of St. Catherine University’s Woman of Substance Series, Angelique Kidjo will  perform at O’Shaughnessy Auditorium in St Paul on April 24th at 7 pm. The O’Shaughnessy’s Woman of…

Acclaimed Mauritanian Griot, Noura Mint Seymali, coming to Minneapolis on February 19

Acclaimed Mauritanian Griot, Noura Mint Seymali, coming to Minneapolis on February 19

The Twin Cities has finally gotten lucky and will play host to the heir of a Mauritanian Griot lineage stretching back untold generations. The Cedar will host Noura Mint Seymali…

Angelique Kidjo tickets go on sale for Twin Cities concert

Angelique Kidjo tickets go on sale for Twin Cities concert

After a five year hiatus, two-time Grammy Award winner, Angelique Kidjo, will be back in the Twin Cities on Sunday, April 24. The “Queen of African Music” will perform at…

Little Africa ignites culture, not just business

Little Africa ignites culture, not just business

The Little Africa initiative, spearheaded by project leader Gene Gelgelu, held its first arts, open mic and dialogue series this past Wednesday, January 20th. The free event, held at the…

The Montreal club that brought African music to North America

The Montreal club that brought African music to North America

Club Balattou is tiny. You walk in off St. Laurent, one of Montreal’s main drags, and you’re looking directly at musicians on stage just ahead to the right. In fact,…

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