Ethnic music.

Notes from home: Ethnic music in Minnesota


The traditional music of Minnesota's immigrant and refugee populations not only connects them to their homeland, but provides a foundation for life in America.

  • Traditional instrumentHmong find ways to keep traditional music alive
    In the Hmong community, traditional music is played primarily for ceremonial reasons. It helps the Hmong preserve ancient customs and rituals. Younger generations of Hmong are finding new ways to keep this music alive.August 28, 2006
  • Tabla playerIndian music has a kinship with jazz
    We're sampling the ever-increasing variety of ethnic music in Minnesota in a series called "Notes from Home." In this installment, music from India.August 29, 2006
  • California StudioSomali music is here, but hard to find
    Despite being home to one of the largest Somali populations in the U.S., Minnesotans know relatively little about Somali music. We learn more about the music Somalis generally keep to themselves.August 30, 2006
  • A joyful noiseThe Oromo sing a joyful song
    After fleeing Ethiopia to escape persecution, more Oromo people have landed in Minnesota than any other place in the world. The music they've brought with them pulsates with joy.August 31, 2006
  • Conjunto Rio GrandeA tour of Mexican music in the Twin Cities
    One of the largest niche markets in Latin music in the Twin Cities is regional Mexican music. We took a tour of the Mexican music scene with the author of "Musica de la Raza," a book that tells the story of Minnesota's Mexican and Chicano musicians.September 1, 2006

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