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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,…

How South Africa born Trevor Noah is making The Daily Show his own, without changing it completely

How South Africa born Trevor Noah is making The Daily Show his own, without changing it completely

Late night’s only millennial host opens up about his first month On Sept. 28, the final piece of the recast late-night lineup clicked into place with the debut of The…

A wondrous Seun Kuti rocks the garden

A wondrous Seun Kuti rocks the garden

There was only one general consensus among the crowd that filled the Walker Museum’s lawn for Rock The Garden’s Sunday line up, as Nigerian musician Seun Kuti and his band…

King Sunny Ade’s Show at The Cedar Cancelled

King Sunny Ade’s Show at The Cedar Cancelled

If you had plans to enjoy King Sunny Ade at The Cedar Cultural Center on July 13th, you’ll need to make new plans. Due to a worldwide computer system breakdown…