World Music Festival

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World Music Festival
Photograph: Patrick L. Pyszka, Courtesy City of Chicago

Time Out says

See musicians from India, Peru, France, South Africa, China and more locations around the globe at the annual World Music Festival, which stages a series of free concerts at venues throughout the city during the month of September. As usual, the festival kicks off with an overnight Ragamala concert at the Chicago Cultural Center, featuring 14 hours of classical music from India. Other highlights of this year's lineup include the ¡SÚBELO! concert in Millennium Park featuring acts from Peru, Puerto Rico and Mexico (Sept 14); Chinese rock, reggae and ska band MABANG! (Sept 20, 21) and Afropop artist Thomas Mapfumo & The Blacks Unlimited (Sept 28). The festival concludes at Navy Pier with a series of performances at the World Dumpling Fest on Sept 29.

Friday, September 13–Saturday, September 14
Ragamala – A Celebration of India Classical Music
Chicago Cultural Center, 6pm–8am

Saturday, September 14
¡SÚBELO! – A Celebration of Pan Latin Music and Culture
Pirulo y la Tribu (Puerto Rico), Los Wembler’s de Iquitos (Peru), Centavrvs (Mexico)
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 3–7 pm

Saturday, September 14
Lucibela (Cape Verde), Girma Bèyènè and Akalé Wubé (Ethiopia, France, USA)
The Promontory, 6pm

Sunday, September 15
Girma Bèyènè and Akalé Wubé (Ethiopia, France, USA), Khalil El’Zabar Ethnic Heritage Ensemble (Chicago)
Constellation, 7pm

Wednesday, September 18
The Englewood/Soweto Exchange (Chicago, South Africa), Jeremy Dutcher (First Nation/Canada)
Old Town School of Folk Music, 7pm

Thursday, September 19
Jeremy Dutcher (First Nation/Canada)
American Indian Center, 7pm

Thursday, September 19
Lankum (Ireland), Yandong Grand Singers of China (China)
Beverly Arts Center, 7pm

Friday, September 20
MABANG! (China), Yandong Grand Singers of China (China)
Ping Tom Memorial Park, 5pm

Friday, September 20
Lankum (Ireland)
Irish American Heritage Center, 7pm

Saturday, September 21
MABANG! (China)
DePaul University Holtschneider Performance Center, 7pm

Saturday, September 21
Ikebe Shakedown (New York), Ana Munteanu (Moldova)
Martyrs, 8pm

Saturday, September 21
AfrotroniX (Chad; Montreal, Canada), KOKOKO! (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Chop Shop, 9pm 

Sunday, September 22
Global Peace Picnic w/ The Garifuna Collective (Belize, Central America), KOKOKO! (Democratic Republic of Congo), Hermán Olivera y su Orquesta (New Jersey)
Humboldt Park Boathouse, 2–6pm

Wednesday, September 25
HaitianDansCo (Haiti), Gurdjieff Ensemble (Armenia)
Old Town School of Folk Music, 7 pm

Thursday, September 26
Les Filles de Illighadad (Niger), Kim So Ra (South Korea)
Sleeping Village, 7pm

Friday, September 27
Gamelan Çudamani (Bali, Indonesia)
Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 6pm

Saturday, September 28
Thomas Mapfumo & The Blacks Unlimited (Zimbabwe), Alsarah & The Nubatones (Sudan, New York City), Funkadesi (Chicago), Chief Boima (New York City)
Concord Music Hall, 9pm

Sunday, September 29
World Music Festival meets the World Dumpling Fest w/ Fidel Nadal featuring Mr. Pauer (Argentina, Venezuela), Alsarah & The Nubatones (Sudan, New York City), LowDown Brass Band (Chicago)
Navy Pier, noon–7pm



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