Pamela Espeland London-based Somali musician Aar Maanta was supposed to be in Minnesota last fall for a monthlong residency with the Cedar Cultural Center’s Midnimo program. That was canceled because of a visa delay. So was a visit scheduled earlier that year. Last week, the Cedar, which doesn’t give up easily, named Aar Maanta its 2018-19 Artist-in-Residence.The Cedar has hosted Aar Maanta twice before, in 2012 and 2015. In April of this year, they received a yearlong visa for Aar Maanta that will allow him to perform four concerts, tour through Mankato and St. Cloud, participate in educational programs and residency events across the state, and work on a new Somali children’s album with Greg Grease (Astralblak) and Said Salah, a...
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Aar Maanta to be Cedar artist in residence; Stone Arch Bridge Festival