The ensemble group Waaberi derives from the African country of Somalia. Due to the cultural mixing brought about from trade with other countries, the music of Somalia is a melting pot of different cultures. Middle Eastern flavors are prevalent in the music, along with traditional African rhythms and influences that reach from India to America. NEW DAWN features the vocal prowess of the impressive Maryam Mursal, praised as one of Somalia's first female jazz performers and for her courage in trekking across Northern Africa with her children to avoid civil war. The music features a unique percussion aspect - many of the instruments you hear are actually everyday common household objects doubling as percussion instruments. The music also features warm strumming of the lute-like oud, which is played is a distinct Somalian manner.