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Merilee Klemp and Robert Stacke
As a jazz pianist and music major, I had the unique opportunity to perform with and study Somali music. Through this experience, I not only learned about Somali music but also its significance to Somali culture and how music can act as a bridge, bringing together Somali and non-Somali communities in Minneapolis. As a result of my research, I’ve developed "The Somali Music Minnesota" website which displays information about the history of Somali music, events, and resources available for Somali music. Most importantly, the website includes a variety of Somali music excerpts. The site is accessible to English-speaking as well as Somali-speaking communities. Also included are issues and topics that were voiced by the Somali musicians I worked with and interviewed.
Music, Somali, Minneapolis
Knickerbocker, Cleo, "The Somali Cultural Integration Through Music in Minneapolis" (2018). Zyzzogeton Posters. 11.