Ballads & Love Songs from Balkan, Yiddish, & Somali Diasporas


  • with Sarah Larsson and special guest Ahmed Ismail Yusuf
  • Wednesday, May 27
  • 5:30-7:00 PM CST

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Sing along at home with a session of ballads and love songs from Balkan, Yiddish, and Somali diaspora, led by Sarah Larsson (of The Nightingale Trio) and featuring special guest Ahmed Ismail Yusuf presenting classic Qaraami (Somali ballad songs). This online session will be run like a singing workshop; bring your water bottle and be prepared to sing at home! Listeners also welcome.
The Nightingale Trio is an emerging force on the global world music scene, singing contemporary arrangements of women’s music from Eastern Europe and the Balkans. The trio has appeared on “A Prairie Home Companion” as well as on Classical Minnesota Public Radio, and headlining at the Cedar Cultural Center. The Nightingale Trio was awarded 3rd Place in the Irish International A Cappella Festival in Dublin in summer 2019. Sarah also served as Outreach & Development Director at the Somali Museum of Minnesota, the only institution devoted to Somali cultural heritage in North America.
 Ahmed Ismail Yusuf is a playwright and author, creator of the play “A Crack in the Sky” and contributor to Bildhaan: the Journal of Somali Studies. His collection of short stories, “The Lion’s Binding Oath” is available from Catalyst Books. Ahmed is based in Minneapolis.