Dur Dur Band November 8-17, 2014

Formed in the 1980s, Dur-Dur Band was one of the most famous groups in Mogadishu’s music scene. Known as Somalia’s “last great party band,” they disbanded when the civil war forced the musicians into exile. The Cedar reunited seven of the remaining band members during this 2014 residency to revive their high-energy synth-pop sound that has influences of American funk, disco, soul and West African music.

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Residency Schedule :

Saturday, November 8th 2014

Acoustic Lobby Set before “Tales of Home: Congo/Mozambique,” a contemporary dance performance featuring Faustin Linyekula and Panaibra Gabriel Canda

7:20pm at Walker Art Center

Sunday, November 9th 2014

Pop-up Performance at Art Attack – NKB’s Open Studios and Gallery Crawl

2:00pm at Northrup King Building

Monday, November 10th 2014

Mini-performance + Discussion – “Popular Music and Social Change in the African Context” featuring members of Dur-Dur Band and Mohamed Sallam, Director of Augsburg’s Pan-Afrikan Center

5:30pm at Augsburg College

Tuesday, November 11th 2014

Midnimo Information Tabling with appearances by band members

11:00am at Augsburg College Christensen Center

Dur-Dur Band Classroom Visit – US Foreign Policy with faculty member Sarah Combellick-Bidney

Noon at Augsburg College

Dur-Dur Band Classroom Visit – Theater Department with faculty members Sarah Myers and Darcey Engen

1:50pm at Augsburg College

Living Room Concert

7:30pm, Private Residence

Wednesday, November 12th 2014

Conversation + Mini-performance for Students and Families

10:00am at Seward Montessori School

Somali Cultural Night

7:30pm at The Cedar Cultural Center

Hosted by Shanta Link to support scholarships for Somali youth

Thursday, November 13th 2014

Midnimo Information Tabling with appearances by band members

11:00am-2pm at Augsburg College

GIVE TO THE MAX DAY Student Study Break Dance Party

4:30pm at Midcontinent Oceanographic Institute

Dur-Dur Band Classroom Visit – Transcultural Health Care with faculty members Katherine Baumgartner and Cheryl Leuning

6:30pm at Augsburg College

Mini-performance following a reading with Somali author Nuruddin Farah from his book “Hiding in Plain Sight”

7:00pm at Open Book

Friday, November 14th 2014

Performance at Augsburg College Fine Arts Convocation

10:00am at Augsburg College

Dur-Dur Band Classroom Visit – Music Department with faculty member Merilee Klemp

11:10am at Augsburg College

Dur-Dur Band Residency Finale Concert with Black Market Brass and DJ Soft Abuse.

8:00pm at The Cedar

Monday, November 17th 2014

Artists Meet and Greet and Cedar Happy Hour

6:00pm at Nomad World Pub

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