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Minnesota State University, Mankato
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Aar Maanta

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Aar Maanta comes to Mankato September 17 - 22, 2018!

Join us at the Kato Ballroom, 200 Chestnut Street, Mankato on Saturday, September 22 for an evening of music and culture by Aar Maanta and his band, The Urban Nomads. The show begins at 7:30 PM with a set by Irie Minds.


Listen to Aar Maanta's music


About Aar Maanta

Aar Maanta, a native of Jijiga, Ethiopia, is revered as one of the most creative and talented Somali musicians both in the Horn of Africa and Diaspora. His passion for music led him to begin the 'Horn 2 Grove' recording project which generated Aar's 2009 debut album 'Hiddo & Dhaquan'.

Aar Maanta's Sound

Lyrically Aar Maanta's songs are written in the traditional Somali poetic form using allegory and alliteration to address issues of relevance to Somali immigrants.

His band, The Urban Nomads, is a multinational collective with a sound that is dominated by hand drums, saxophone, and guitar interplay. Rhythms vary from North African to reggae and funk.

Learn more by visiting Aar Maanta's website.


Dangerous Crossings Project

Recognized for his engagement with social causes and education, Aar Maanta was selected by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to participate in a multilingual music video campaign called Dangerous Crossings.

The video spreads awareness about the dangers faced by immigrants attempting to cross the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea from Africa into Yemen. Aar Maanta's song Tahriib inspired the campaign.