CHICAGO (WLS) --Musicians from around the globe are coming to Chicago for the 18th Annual World Music Festival (http://www.worldmusicfestivalchicago.org), September 9-25, 2016. Performances are free at venues across the city. It's the largest festival of its kind in the United States. There is something for everyone, including artists from Africa, India, Cuba, and much more.
"Mr. Golden Voice of Africa" Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band performs on Saturday, September 17, at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion. The show begins 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.
On 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. It features concerts by Rocky Dawuni, Herencia de Timbiquí, and Rajab Suleiman & Kithara.
Carlos Tortolero and David Chavez, both World Music Festival Chicago Program Coordinators, sat down with Eyewitness News to talk about the festival.
Event: World Music Festival Chicago
Date: Through Sept. 25 at venues across Chicago
- World Music Festival Millennium Park Concert on Saturday, September 17, 3 p.m. at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion (201 E. Randolph St.)
- The 606 Peace Walk + Picnic on Sunday, September 18, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission/ Ticket Prices: All events are FREE.