Chicago World Music Festival: Creole Choir of Cuba

September 21, 2011 10:14:01 AM PDT
The City of Chicago was transformed into a global center for the best of today's international music for the 13th annual World Music Festival, which concludes Friday.

The city-wide, multi-venue, eight-day festival includes performances by acclaimed musicians from more than 40 countries. Featuring traditional and contemporary music from diverse cultures, the World Music Festival,, events include a combination of free and low-cost ticketed concerts, many of which are family friendly.

The Creole Choir of Cuba performs in the "One World Under One Roof" grande finale of the 13th annual World Music Festival Chicago, Thursday, Sept. 22 at 9:45 p.m. in Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center. The performance is free. The Creole Choir also performs at the Mayne Stage, September 21 at 8 p.m.; tickets are $15.

Creole Choir of Cuba Vibrant dancing, spectacular harmonies and undiscovered music of the Caribbean performed by a vocal and percussion ensemble little known outside of Cuba, The Creole Choir of Cuba have preserved musical treasures from Haiti, Dominica and Cuba within their rich descendant Cuban communities. Referred to as "Desandann" domestically, the group is composed from the descendants of several waves of Haitian migrants who escaped slavery at the end of the 18th century, or more recently came as laborers to work Cuba's sugar plantations. Their repertoire consists of a wide range of choral arrangements with percussion accompaniment including Choucoune (a Haitian merengue), Gran Toumobile (a Creole Mazurka) and Doudou Moin (a Martinique merengue).

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