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Global Roots Festival 2018: Aynur and Sona Jobarteh
September 17, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pmFree
The Cedar Cultural Center celebrates its 30th anniversary this fall at the 10th Annual Global Roots Festival taking place September 15-19 2018. Over the last ten years, The Cedar’s signature Global Roots Festival has offered Twin Cities audiences free, in-depth access to new artistic voices from around the world, fulfilling The Cedar’s mission to promote intercultural appreciation and understanding through global music.
Sona Jobarteh is the first female Kora virtuoso to come from a West African griot family that has produced renowned musicians such as Amadu Bansang Jobarteh and Toumani Diabaté. Sona’s skills as an instrumentalist and vocalist are backed by the power of a electric four piece band, innovatively blending different musical styles while remaining rooted in West Africa’s Mandinka culture and history.
Aynur has become one of the most well known musicians from Turkey as a outspoken representative for the Kurdish people. A powerful singer, Aynur’s dynamic, mournful music breathes new life into centuries-old Kurdish folk songs that tell the stories of Kurdish women through hundreds of years of conflict and oppression.