10th Annual Global Roots Festival at the Cedar

Kora virtuoso, Sona Jobarteh, will perform at a free concert at the Cedar as part of the Cedar's Global Roots Festival. The festival runs September 15-19. Photo: Courtesy of Artist

Clear your calendar for the upcoming weekend all the way through Wednesday, September 19th. The Cedar Cultural Center teaming with the American Swedish Institute present the 10th annual Global Roots Festival. True to the Cedar’s mission, true to their history, the Festival’s line-up encompasses music from around the world.

Saturday evening, September 15th features the Cedar’s 2018-19 Artist in Residence, British-Somali musician Aar Maanta. The next day, Aar Maanta, along with Somali multimedia artist, performer and educator Ifrah Mansour, will talk at 11 am at a roundtable discussion: Traditional Art, Reimagined. There’s no charge for any of the shows including the free workshops, film screenings, and art activities.

Sunday afternoon, events move over to the American Swedish Institute where they’ll host a free screening of “Martha & Niki.” This film tells the story of two friends, a Ugandan Swede and an Ethiopia Swede, who were the first ever female hip hop dance duo to take top honors at an international street dance competition Juste Debout in Paris.

Monday evening offers the free performance of West African kora virtuoso Sona Jobarteh. Begin the evening early enough to also hear music curated by the East African Diasporic Artists Initiative on The Cedar’s plaza.

All five days are filled with music, dance, and culture from nearly every continent. This link provides greater description.

The Cedar Cultural Center: 416 Cedar Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN, 55454
The American Swedish Institute: 2600 Park Avenue Minneapolis, MN, 55407

About Susan Budig

Susan is based in Minneapolis and reports on general assignments for Mshale with a focus on entertainment. In addition to reporting, she is also a writer, poet, teacher and coach.

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