18th World Music Festival Chicago 2016 Lineup Announced!

Updated Sept. 11, 2016

by Gail Dee

Look who is coming to the 18th  World Music Festival Chicago 2016!
From Cuba to Chile; Ethiopia to Sudan; Mongolia to India; Italy and Poland–this edition of the WMFChicago brings FREE culture to Chicago’s doorstep — no passport or visa required. The only requirement is curiosity. With 60 artists from 25 counties–noone gets stopped at the WMFChicago 2016 border . A quick glance shows that although the festival is longer in length this year -no performances on Monday and Tuesday. (or Wednesday the first week) .
Focus is on multiple venues scattered all over the city versus the Pritzker Pavilion–which hosts one afternoon event on Sat. Sept. 17
More to come on We Want Music Without Borders about the artists. Sample the artists on our interactive image #deelight. The icons link you to videos and music of each artist. We are adding to it daily. At end of this article see our #deelight with links to all of last year’s artists.
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events announces this year’s line up below:
  “The world comes together at the 18th Annual World Music Festival Chicago, September 9–25, 2016, at a variety of venues across the city. Celebrating the diverse music from nations across the globe, this FREE festival is produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and is the largest festival of its kind in the United States. Highlights of the 2016 festival include the all night Ragamala: A Celebration of Indian Classical Music, a weekend collaboration with Chicago SummerDance in Grant Park, a concert in Millennium Park and the The 606 Polyrhythmic Procession and Global Peach Picnic.
    On the first night of the festival, Friday, September 9, Ragamala: A Celebration of Indian Classical Music starts at 6 p.m. under the Tiffany stained glass dome of the Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.). A tradition in India, the all-night classical concerts are rarely held publicly in the United States. Visitors have the exceptional opportunity to hear the ragas (traditional scales or modes) during the early morning and late night hours when they were meant to be played. The concert features more than 10 musical groups and artists through 9 a.m. the next morning.
     Also, the first weekend of the festival, Chicago SummerDance in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan) closes with a world music lineup that includes two days of Salsa music with Adonis Puentes and the Voice of Cuba Orchestra and OLA FRESCA as well as a Bhangra Blowout with DJ and live Dohl presented by Kalapriya.
     In the second weekend of the festival–UPDATE: Pat Thomas is NOT APPEARING AT MILLENIUM PARK. In his place Occidental Brothers (African Highlife, Chicago) appears.  The afternoon of music will begin at 3 p.m. with a performance by Herencia de Timbiquí, a fusion of traditional Afro music of Colombia’s Pacific coast and contemporary urban music.
     The following day, Sunday, September 18, The 606 Polyrhythmic Peace Procession and Global Peace Picnic is a day of family-friendly activities including instrument making, peace procession, music and more. The Global Peace Picnic from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Humboldt Park Boathouse (1301 N. Sacramento Ave.) features concerts by Rocky Dawuni, Herencia de Timbiquí, and Rajab Suleiman & Kithara.
    The full schedule with locations and times of each performance is included below. For more information and festival updates, visit worldmusicfestivalchicago.org and follow the festival on Facebook and on Twitter @WMFChicago #WorldMusicChicago.
Friday, September 9
Tsukasa Taiko (Chicago, USA)
Daley Plaza
50 W. Washington St.
12 p.m.
ALL AGES
Adonis Puentes and the Voice of Cuba Orchestra (Cuba/Canada)
Chicago SummerDance–Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park
601 S. Michigan Ave.
Dance Lesson: 6–7 p.m.; Live Music: 7:30–9:30 p.m.
ALL AGES
Nano Stern (Chile)
ÌFÉ (Puerto Rico)
Chop Shop & 1st Ward Events
2033 W. North Ave.
10 p.m. (doors open at 9 p.m.)
18+
Ragamala: A Celebration of Indian Classical Music
Chicago Cultural Center–Preston Bradley Hall
78 E. Washington St.
Sep. 9, 6 p.m.Sep. 10 9 a.m.
ALL AGES
6–7:15 p.m. Josh Feinberg (sitar) with Anindo Chatterjee (tabla)
7:30–8:45 p.m. GS Rajan (mandolin) with M.S. Sukh (mridangam)
9–10:15 p.m. Partho Sarodi (sarod) with Abhijit Banerjee (tabla)
10:30–11:45 p.m. Aditya Prakash (vocals), Salar Nader (tabla) with Shiva Ramamurthi (violin)
12–1:15 a.m. Shujaat Khan (sitar) with Manpreet Singh (tabla)
1:30–2:45 a.m. Anjna & Rajna Swaminathan (violin and mridangam)
3–4:15 a.m. Lyon Leifer (bansuri) with Subhasis Mukherjee (tabla)
4:30–5:45 a.m. David Trasoff (sarod) with Subhasis Mukherjee (tabla)
6–7:30 a.m. Sama Venkatesaiah Balakrishna Troupe (flute, vocal, mridangam and rhythm pad)
7:45–9:00 a.m. Satish Vyas (santoor) with Manpreet Singh (tabla)
Saturday, September 10
Special Percussion Workshop with ÌFÉ
Festival guests ÌFÉ introduce Cuban Rumba, Puerto Rican Bomba and a spirited Rumba.  Opera-Matic will also be making peace flags for The 606 Polyrhythmic Procession and Global Peace Picnic on Sept. 18.  All materials and instruments provided, free and open to the public.
Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center
4046 W. Armitage Ave.
11 a.m. –1 p.m.
ALL AGES
Mulatu Astatke (Ethiopia)
ÌFÉ (Puerto Rico)
DJ AfroQbano (Cuba/Chicago, USA)
Concord Music Hall
2047 N. Milwaukee Ave.
10 p.m. (doors open at 9 p.m.)
18+
OLA FRESCA (Brooklyn, USA))
Chicago SummerDance–Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park
601 S. Michigan Ave.
Dance Lesson: 6–7 p.m.; Live Music: 7:30–9:30 p.m.
ALL AGES
IMAN COMMUNITY CAFÉ + UCHICAGO ARTS PRESENTS
Alsarah & The Nubatones (Sudan/Brooklyn, USA) | J.A.S.S. Quartet (Chicago, USA)
University of Chicago Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
915 E. 60th St.
7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
ALL AGES
Nano Stern (Chile)
Fémina (Argentina)
Martyrs’
3855 N. Lincoln Ave.
8 p.m.
21+
UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHTS!
ESSO Afrojam Funkbeat (Chicago, USA)
Uptown Lounge
1136 W. Lawrence Ave.
8 p.m.
21+
Sunday, September 11
Kalapriya Presents Bhangra Blowout with with DJ and live Dhol (Chicago, USA)
Chicago SummerDance–Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park
601 S. Michigan Ave.
Dance Lesson: 4–5 p.m.; Live Music: 5–7 p.m.
ALL AGES
Nano Stern (Chile)
Fémina (Argentina)
Goran Ivanovic (Chicago, USA)
Old Town School of Folk Music–Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall
4545 N. Lincoln Ave.
7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
ALL AGES

Thursday, September 15
Anda Union (Inner Mongolia, China)
Chicago Cultural Center–Preston Bradley Hall
78 E. Washington St.
6 p.m.
ALL AGES
A-WA (Yemen/Israel)
Maya Kamaty (Reunion Island)
Lincoln Hall
2424 N. Lincoln Ave
7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
21+
UPDATE: Antibalas USA (replaces Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band )
Rocky Dawuni (Ghana/USA)
ANALOG AFRICA Soundsystem (Germany)
Metro
3730 N. Clark St.
9 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)
18+
Friday, September 16
Tenores di Neoneli (Sardinia, Italy)
Chicago Cultural Center–Preston Bradley Hall
78 E. Washington St.
6 p.m.
ALL AGES
Maya Kamaty (Reunion Island) | Anda Union (Inner Mongolia, China)
Martyrs’
3855 N. Lincoln Ave.
9 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)
21+
Saturday, September 17
UPDATE: Occidental Brothers USA (replaces Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band)
Herencia de Timbiquí (Colombia)
Millennium Park–Jay Pritzker Pavilion
201 E. Randolph St.
3 p.m.
ALL AGES
Tenores di Neoneli (Sardinia, Italy)
DePaul University Concert Hall
800 W. Belden Ave.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.)
ALL AGES
Sunday, September 18
THE 606 POLYRHYTHMIC PROCESSION AND GLOBAL PEACE PICNIC
A day of family-friendly activities in celebration of the International Day of Peace
11 a.m. –12:30 p.m. Instrument Making Stations at Milwaukee/Leavitt Park and Ridgeway Trailhead
12:30-2 p.m. Peace Procession to the Humboldt Overlook
2-6 p.m. Global Peace Picnic with Juicebox Concerts
Rocky Dawuni (Ghana/USA)
Herencia de Timbiquí (Colombia)
Rajab Suleiman & Kithara (Zanzibar, Tanzania)
Humboldt Park Boathouse
1301 N. Sacramento Ave.
ALL AGES

Wednesday, September 21
Rajab Suleiman & Kithara (Zanzibar, Tanzania)
Old Town School of Folk Music–Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall
4545 N. Lincoln Ave.
8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)
ALL AGES
Lautari (Poland)
Ensemble Surabhi (Chicago, USA)
Preston Bradley Hall at Chicago Cultural Center
6pm
Thursday, September 22
Lautari (Poland)
Daley Plaza
50 W. Washington St.
12 p.m.
ALL AGES
Solo & Indrė (Senegal + Lithuania)
SK Kakraba (Ghana/USA)
Chicago Cultural Center–Preston Bradley Hall
78 E. Washington St.
6 p.m.
ALL AGES
Dona Onete (Brazil)
Bossa Tres (Brazil/Chicago, USA)
The Promontory
5311 S. Lake Park Ave. W.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)
21+
Friday, September 23
Dona Onete (Brazil)
Silvia+Luciano+Neusa (Brazil/Chicago, USA)
Old Town School of Folk Music–The Gary and Laura Maurer Hall
4544 N. Lincoln Ave.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.)
ALL AGES
Solo & Indrė (Senegal + Lithuania)
SK Kakraba (Ghana/USA)
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
10 p.m. (doors open at 9 p.m.)
21+
Saturday, September 24
Sounds of China (China)
Ping Tom Memorial Park
300 W. 19th St.
3 p.m.
ALL AGES
Kaynak Pipers Band (Bulgaria) | Yves Lambert Trio (Québec, Canada)
Martyrs’
3855 N. Lincoln Ave.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)
21+
The Klezmatics (New York City, USA)
Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan (Chicago, USA)
Lincoln Hall
2424 N. Lincoln Ave
7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
21+
Sunday, September 25
Kaynak Pipers Band (Bulgaria)
Yves Lambert Trio (Quebec, Canada)
Sounds of China (China)
Chicago Cultural Center–Preston Bradley Hall
78 E. Washington St.
12–5:30 p.m.
ALL AGES
The FREE admission World Music Festival Chicago is presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and is sponsored by the Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Tribune, Metra and Millennium Garages.”
Below is our interactive We Want Music Without Borders #deelight from last year’s festival –each icon includes the link to the musicians who appeared.  Be on the lookout for the 2016 WWWMB #deelights for the World Music Festival Chicago 2016! Sign up for our newsletter. Join our 2800+member FB group;  like our FB page; Twitter https://twitter.com/gaildeelights

DOWNLOAD the WMFChicago 2016 Brochure below:

http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/dca/World%20Music%20Festival/wmfbrochure2016.pdf

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2 Responses to 18th World Music Festival Chicago 2016 Lineup Announced!

  1. joemccord426 says:

    Good Morning,

    I would like to know about volunteer opportunities.

    Thank you.

    • Gail Dee says:

      Hi Joe. I do not work for Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. I’m not aware of how much volunteer participation is used for the Festival. It would be best to contact them directly or perhaps ask on their FB page or the World Music Festival Chicago FB page. If I hear of anything I will also post it on our FB group. Best, Gail

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