89.3 The Current and The Cedar Present
FAARROW with live backing from Astralblak with Ashley DuBose
416 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN, 55454
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
FAARROW is the project of sisters Iman and Siham Hashi, who were born in Mogadishu, Somalia. After fleeing their home to escape civil war, the sisters and their family relocated to Toronto, Canada as refugees. Iman, meaning “FAITH” and Siham, meaning “ARROW” gives light to the group’s name, FAARROW. Their sound fuses African rhythms with modern production resulting in a drum-heavy fusion of world, hip-hop and pop music. The sisters released their EP “LOST” in 2016 with Warner Brother Records. In 2017 FAARROW made their debut at SXSW for the “ContraBanned” showcase highlighting artists from countries affected by Trump’s travel ban. FAARROW is currently working on a new album set for an independent 2019 release. Iman and Siham also serve as United Nations Spokespeople with the UN Refugee Agency and are actively involved with humanitarian efforts for other human rights organizations. They recently launched a podcast called “PowHer” that discusses spirituality, mental health, soul health, mysticism, healing, culture, identity and beauty through their eyes as recording artists, refugees, and black Muslim women living in a patriarchal world.
FAARROW are presented as part of Midnimo, a program that presents the world's leading Somali musical artists in the form of month-long residencies. Midnimo (the Somali word for "unity") aims to increase understanding of Somali culture in Minnesota, which is home to the largest Somali immigrant population in North America. The program was launched in 2014 in collaboration with Augsburg University, and in 2016 expanded into Greater Minnesota. During residencies, Midnimo artists connect with Minnesotans through in-depth community engagement across the state, including activities like workshops, class visits and education programs, discussions, and live performances in Minneapolis, Mankato, and St. Cloud.
While in Minnesota, FAARROW will be working with the music collective Astralblak, who will learn the sisters’ music and perform as their live backing band during the residency. Astralblak, known for their exploratory modern sound that merges hard grooves, Afrofuturist themes and soulful melodies, consists of musicians/producers MMYYKK, Proper T, Greg Grease, DJ Just Nine, and Art Parté. FAARROW and backing band Astralblak will conduct performances and community-based activities in Minneapolis, Mankato, and St. Cloud, with a public live finale performance in each city.
Ashley DuBose is a soul-pop recording and performing artist. Her albums "Somethin’ More" and "Be You" have garnered millions of streams online, while the Star Tribune named "Be You" one of the best local albums of the year. City Pages crowned her “Best Female Vocalist” in its annual “Best of the Twin Cities” issue. She has been performed around the world with a boutique special events cover band in addition to her solo performances. She recently released a collaborative EP titled "Back To Reality."
“BLACK EXCELLENCE IS ALWAYS OUR GOAL, TO INSPIRE GREATNESS THROUGH SONICS AND TO PAY HOMAGE TO OUR ANCESTORS”
Astralblak is made up of six musicians/producers: MMYYKK, Proper-T, Greg Grease, DJ Just Nine, ∆RT P∆RTÉ & Trelly Mo. Armed with various synths, drum machines, and instruments set out to bring a new, exploratory modern sound influenced by the greats of funk, soul, and jazz with electronic excursions, hard grooves, Afro-futurism and soulful melodies. Astralblak explores the psyche and searches for Black Excellence.
$10 Advance / $15 Day of Show / Free at the door with Augsburg ID
This is a standing show with an open floor.
General Admission tickets are available online, by phone, Electric Fetus, and The Cedar during shows.
Free at the door with Augsburg ID
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