Soo Noolaynta Dhaqanka Soomaaliyeed (Revival Of The Somali Culture)
Members of the Greater Portland Somali community and SPACE Gallery co-present a benefit concert for the Somali-Mainers Youth Alliance. The concert is a celebration of Somali culture through music, dance, poetry, and fashion, presented and performed by Maine residents.
Performances will include spoken word; Buraanbur (a traditional Somali poetic form); Dhaanto (a traditional genre of music and folk dance); storytelling; a fashion show; a slideshow of Somali art; Henna; and more. Members of arts collective Kesho Wazo will perform, and several Maine jazz musicians will collaborate with various event performers.
There will also be food available, cooked by elders from the local Somali community.
Performers to include…
Mano Ali, Fatima Ali, Maryan Mohamed, Maria Mohamed, Deeqa Dahir, Deeqa Dhalac(spoken word & poetry)
Yahya Hussein, Abdullahi Mohamed, Abdirahman Sulub, Mahad (skit)
Abdi Iftin, Abdirashid Dahir (storytelling)
Somali-Mainers Network youth with Zehra Abukar (fashion show + Dhaanto)
Kesho Wazo members, Zaya Universe and Wazo Daveed
Jazz quartet ft. Ryan Blotnick, Danny Fisher-Lochhead, Will Mason, Tracy McMullen, and spoken word performers