Posted in music | tour dates | world music on September 5, 2011

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The 2011 edition of Chicago's World Music Festival is coming soon. The annual fest takes over various venues throughout the city from September 15 - 22. Performers represent over 40 different countries. There are free and ticketed events during most afternoons and all evenings the whole week long

The fest also happens to coincide with, and shares events with, Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements which takes place in Eckhart Park from September 16 - 18.

Other supporting venues include, but are not limited to, Lincoln Hall, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Empty Bottle, Navy Pier, and Hideout. If you can't be there in person, you can also tune in for live broadcasts of many events happening on wnur.

The festival's all-ages and free kick-off event will take place on Thursday (9/15) at 7:30PM, in Grant Park's Spirit of Music Garden with a set by Chicago's own Occidental Brothers Dance Band International. Get there by 6PM for African dance lessons from
Amaniyea Payne. Other names on the schedule include Blitz The Ambassador, Toubab Krewe, Mad Professor, Bomba Estereo, Fool's Gold, Abigail Washburn, Movits, and Boubacar Traoré Trio.

Check out the full schedule below...

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

Chicago SummerDance:
Occidental Brothers Dance Band International (Chicago, IL)
*African dance lessons from
Amaniyea Payne (African
Expressions) at 6 pm
7:30 pm, FREE (All Ages)
Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden
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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

Café Antarsia (Chicago, IL / New York, NY)
5:30 pm, FREE (All Ages)
Navy Pier
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Ernesto Anaya Ensemble (Mexico)
6:30 pm, FREE (All Ages)
National Mexican Museum of Art
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Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements Festival:
Bomba Estereo (Colombia)
7 pm, $20 (All Ages)
Eckhart Park
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Chicago SummerDance:
Joaquin Diaz (Dominican Republic)
*Bachata dance lessons at 6 pm
7:30 pm, FREE (All Ages)
Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden
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Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements Festival:
Sidi Toure (Mali)
8 pm, $20 (All Ages)
Eckhart Park
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Dikanda (Poland)
House of Waters (New York, NY)
8 pm, $10 Suggested Donation (All Ages)
Old Town School of Folk Music
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Toubab Krewe (Asheville, NC)
L'Orchestre Super Vitesse (Chicago, IL)
8 pm, $12 (18+)
Reggie's Rock Club
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Sound Culture Presents:
Malika Zarra (Morocco / New York, NY)
Natural Information Society (Chicago, IL)
9 pm, $15 (18+)
Mayne Stage
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Kultur Shock (Russia / Seattle, WA)
Andreas Kapsalis & Goran Ivanovic Duo (Chicago, IL)
9 pm, $12 (21+)
Martrys'
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Primitive (Chicago, IL)
8:30 pm, FREE (All Ages)
Navy Pier
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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

Joaquin Diaz (Dominican Republic)
12 Noon, FREE (All Ages)
The Dock at Montrose Harbor
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House of Waters(USA, NYC)
1 pm, FREE (All Ages)
Navy Pier
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Blitz The Ambassador (Ghana / New York, NY)
1 pm, FREE (All Ages)
South Shore Cultural Center
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Kutumba (Nepal)
3 pm, FREE (All Ages)
Navy Pier
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Tsukasa Taiko Students Recital (Japan/USA, Chicago)
3 pm, FREE (All Ages)
TSUNAMI Fundraiser, Donations accepted by Japan American Society of Chicago
Margate Park
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Edgewater GRalley Festival:
Dikanda (Poland)
3:15 pm, $10 (All Ages)
Edgewater GRalley Festival
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Edgewater GRalley Festival:
Malika Zarra (Morocco / New York, NY)
5:45 pm, $10 (All Ages)
Edgewater GRalley Festival
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Chai Found Music Workshop (Taiwan)
6 pm, FREE (All Ages)
Navy Pier
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IMAN Community Cafe Presents:
Wust El Balad (Egypt)
Al Sarah and the Nubatones (Sudan)
Arooj Aftab (Pakistan/USA, NYC)
7 pm, $8 general / $5 students (All Ages)
International House at University of Chicago
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Chicago SummerDance:
Bulgarika featuring Nikolay Kolev (Bulgaria)
7:30 pm, FREE (All Ages)
*Ethnic Folk dance lessons at 6 pm
Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden
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Chamber Music: Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal (France/Mali)
Sidi Toure (Mali)
8 pm, $10 General Public/$9 Old Town School Members/$10 Seniors & Children (All Ages)
Old Town School of Folk Music
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Blitz The Ambassador (Ghana / New York, NY)
8 pm, FREE (All Ages)
Navy Pier
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Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements Festival:
A Hawk And A Hacksaw (Albuquerque, NM)
8 pm, $20 (All Ages)
Eckhart Park
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Toubab Krewe (Asheville, NC)
Mad Professor (United Kingdom)
10 pm, $15 (21+)
Martyrs'
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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

Film - 'Benda Bilili' (90 min, rated PG13)
1 pm, FREE (All Ages)
Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater
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Opposition Party (Chicago, IL)
1 pm, FREE (All Ages)
Navy Pier
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Friends of the Gamelan (Chicago, IL)
3 pm, FREE (All Ages)
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
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Chamber Music: Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal (France/Mali)
2 pm, FREE (All Ages)
South Shore Cultural Center
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Bulgarika featuring Nikolay Kolev (Bulgaria)
4 pm, FREE (All Ages)
Navy Pier
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Chicago SummerDance: Sergent Garcia (France)
5 pm, FREE (All Ages)
Salsa dance lessons at 4 pm
Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden
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Chai Found Music Workshop (Taiwan)
Kutumba (Nepal)
6 pm, $5 general (All Ages)
International House at University of Chicago
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Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements Festival:
Fool's Gold (USA, Los Angeles)
6 pm, $20 (All Ages)
Eckhart Park
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KFAR Jewish Arts Center & Global Groove Chicago Present:
Nuriya (Mexico)
Gerard Edery Ensemble (Morocco/USA, NYC)
7 pm, $15 (All Ages)
Mayne Stage
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Mad Professor (United Kingdom)
Twilight Dub Circus (Netherlands)
8 pm, $10 advance, $12 at door (18+)
Reggie's Rock Club
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Marco Calliari (Canada/Italy)
Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (Italy)
8 pm, $10 Suggested Donation (All Ages)
Old Town School of Folk Music
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Esma Redzepova (Macedonia)
Steve Gibons Gypsy Rhythm Project with Nicolae Feraru (USA, Chicago/Romania)
Black Bear Combo (USA, Chicago)
8 pm, $15 (21+)
Lincoln Hall
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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

Continental Drift Live Radio Broadcast
12 Noon - 2 pm, FREE (All Ages)
Chicago Cultural Center
Tune in your radio or web, or be an audience member at the Chicago Cultural Center's Claudia Cassidy Theater for this informative series of live radio broadcasts of interviews and performances each weekday during the festival. These special live "Continental Drift" international programs are also live at WNUR 89.3 FM or www.wnur.org.
Claudia Cassidy Theater:
12 Noon - 12:30 pm: Marco Calliari (Canada / Italy)
12:45 - 1:15 pm: Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (Italy)
1:30 - 2 pm: Megitza Quartet (Chicago, IL / Poland)
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Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (Italy)
7 pm, FREE (All Ages)
Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater
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Marco Calliari (Canada/Italy)
Megitza Quartet (USA, Chicago/Poland)
8 pm, $10 (21+)
Martyrs'
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

Continental Drift Live Radio Broadcast
12 Noon - 2 pm, FREE (All Ages)
Chicago Cultural Center
Tune in your radio or web, or be an audience member at the Chicago Cultural Center's Claudia Cassidy Theater for this informative series of live radio broadcasts of interviews and performances each weekday during the festival. These special live "Continental Drift" international programs are also live at WNUR 89.3 FM or www.wnur.org.
Claudia Cassidy Theater:
12 Noon - 12:30 pm: Abigail Washburn (Nashville, TN)
12:45 - 1:15 pm: DePedro (Spain)
1:30 - 2 pm: Luisa Maita (Brazil)
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DePedro (Spain)
7 pm, $15 general / $10 for Members (All Ages)
Free Pre & post-concert wine reception
Instituto Cervantes Chicago
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Bomba Estereo (Colombia)
Luisa Maita (Brazil)
8 pm: $15 (21+)
Lincoln Hall
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Abigail Washburn (Nashville, TN)
Mar Caribe (Chicago, IL)
Alana Amram and the Rough Gems (New York, NY)
8 pm, $15 (21+)
Martyrs'
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Movits (Sweden)
9 pm: $10 (21+)
The Hideout
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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

Continental Drift Live Radio Broadcast
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM: FREE (All Ages)
Chicago Cultural Center
Tune in your radio or web, or be an audience member at the Chicago Cultural Center's Claudia Cassidy Theater for this informative series of live radio broadcasts of interviews and performances each weekday during the festival. These special live "Continental Drift" international programs are also live at WNUR 89.3 FM or www.wnur.org.
Claudia Cassidy Theater:
12 Noon - 12:30 pm: Te Vaka (Australia/New Zealand)
12:45 PM - 1:15 PM: Movits (Sweden)
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM: Staff Benda Bilili (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
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Frigg (Finland)
DJ Sound Culture (USA, Chicago)
5:30 pm, FREE (All Ages)
Hostelling International
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Nawal Quartet (Comoros Islands)
Staff Benda Bilili (The Democratic Republic of the Congo)
6:30 pm, FREE (All Ages)
Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
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Sound Culture Presents:
Creole Choir of Cuba (Cuba/Caribbean)
Boubacar Traore Trio (Mali)
8 pm: $15 (All Ages)
Mayne Stage
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Te Vaka (Australia/New Zealand)
8:30 pm, $5 Suggested Donation (All Ages)
Old Town School of Folk Music
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Movits (Sweden)
Frigg (Finland)
9:30 pm, $12 (21+)
Empty Bottle
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Brock McGuire Band (Ireland)
8 pm, $10 Donation to Irish Music School of Chicago (All Ages)
Chief O'Neill's

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

Continental Drift Live Radio Broadcast
12 Noon - 2 pm, FREE (All Ages)
Chicago Cultural Center
Tune in your radio or web, or be an audience member at the Chicago Cultural Center's Claudia Cassidy Theater for this informative series of live radio broadcasts of interviews and performances each weekday during the festival. These special live "Continental Drift" international programs are also live at WNUR 89.3 FM or www.wnur.org.
Claudia Cassidy Theater:
12 Noon - 12:30 pm: Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole with Shawn Pimental (USA, Hawaii)
12:45 - 1:15 pm: Creole Choir of Cuba (Cuba/Caribbean)
1:30 - 2:00 pm: Middle East Music Ensemble of Chicago (Chicago)
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Mali's Independence Celebration
Sidi Toure (Mali)
12 Noon, FREE (All Ages)
Daley Center Plaza
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One World Under One Roof
6:30 - 11:30 pm, FREE (All Ages)
Chicago Cultural Center
Randolph Café:
6:30 pm: Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole with Shawn Pimental (USA, Hawaii)
9 pm: Brock McGuire Band (Ireland)
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Claudia Cassidy Theater:
7:30 pm: Frigg (Finland)
9 pm: Nawal Quartet (Comoros Islands)
10:15 PM: Bill O'Connell Triple Play with Dave Valentin & Richie Flores (USA, NYC/Puerto Rico)
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Preston Bradley Hall:
7 pm: Boubacar Traore Trio (Mali)
8:30 pm: Middle East Music Ensemble of Chicago (Chicago)
9:45 pm: Creole Choir of Cuba (Cuba/Caribbean)
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