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Minneapolis—The Cedar Cultural Center, 89.3 The Current, and Hennepin Theatre Trust join together in co-presenting Femi Kuti and the Positive Force, taking place on Friday, June 12, at 8 p.m. at The Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. Following a performance in the summer of 2018, Femi Kuti returns to The Cedar to carry forth the legacy of his father Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, with a blend of traditional Nigerian drums, the smooth groove of highlife, American soul, funk, and R&B, and bristling political statements. Femi has been busy recording a new original album due out this fall on Partisan Records with his son Made Kuti, and a first EP and video will arrive in spring of 2020.
Through over two hundred shows a year, The Cedar continues to bring international artists, local emerging talent, and nationally celebrated voices to Midwest audiences. “The Cedar has proudly presented Femi Kuti in 2013, 2016 and 2018. It’s an honor to bring this incredible international artist back to Minnesota through this partnership,” says The Cedar’s Booking Director Emmy Carter. “Artists like Femi speak to the heart of The Cedar’s mission: to promote intercultural understanding and appreciation through global music and dance.”
The collaboration between Hennepin Theatre Trust and The Cedar for this performance demonstrates the organizations’ shared values in connecting audiences with programming that reflects Minnesota’s rich cultural landscape. As a performing arts presenter that attract more than 600,000 people to downtown Minneapolis annually, Hennepin Theatre Trust is committed to connecting audiences to a wide array of programming and also elevating the work of other arts organizations with a rich history of cultural and international programming. The Trust frequently collaborates with other arts organizations as well as social services providers to create meaningful arts experiences, including zAmya Theatre, Mu Theatre, Kulture Klub Collaborative, The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center and more.
“Hennepin Theater Trust is delighted to partner with The Cedar to present Femi Kuti, acclaimed multi-instrumentalist from Nigeria and son of the legendary creator of the Afrobeat genre, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, whose story interestingly served as inspiration for the Broadway production FELA!” says Mark Nerenhausen, president and CEO of Hennepin Theatre Trust. “This opportunity cuts to the heart of our organization’s values and we’re excited to connect The Cedar’s exceptional programming — and incredible international artists like Femi Kuti and The Positive Force — with our audiences.”
The Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Friday, June 12, 2020
Doors 7 p.m. / Show 8 p.m.
Tickets are $50 Advance and $55 Day of Show, and are available online, by phone, at the Electric Fetus or at The Cedar during shows.
Hennepin Theatre Trust drives cultural and economic vitality in Minnesota through leadership of the dynamic Hennepin Theatre District in downtown Minneapolis and educational programming that reaches every area of the state. Its historic theatres — Orpheum, State and Pantages — and event center at 900 Hennepin Avenue light up Hennepin Avenue with top-tier entertainment, including the best of Broadway and a wide variety of arts programming. Hennepin Theatre Trust is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Learn more at HennepinTheatreTrust.org.
The Cedar Cultural Center Over its 30-year history, The Cedar has established itself as a premiere US venue, presenting 200+ shows a year that highlight international artists, local emerging talent, and nationally renowned voices. The Cedar’s programming spans global roots, folk, indie, experimental, bluegrass, Americana and blues genres, and includes as artist residencies, educational programs, workshops, films, dances, comedy, spoken word and community events. Located in the heart of Cedar Riverside, one of the most prolific neighborhoods for live music in Minneapolis, and the home to the largest Somali diaspora in the U.S., The Cedar plays a key role in maintaining the vibrancy and diversity of the Twin Cities’ arts scene. For more information visit thecedar.org.