07/24 | Amadou & Mariam at Millennium Park Summer Music Series | FREE


Over the last few years big-selling albums such as ”Welcome to Mali” and ”Dimanche à Bamako” have taken Amadou and Mariam on an epic journey that has made the couple the best-selling – and best-loved – act to come out of Africa this century. They met in 1977 while attending the Institute for Young Blind…

03/23 | Muntu Dance Theatre, African Dance Performance at Newberry Library FREE


Through this African dance and drum performance, Muntu will strive to create an atmosphere of communal participation, encouraging and inspiring audiences and participants to join in the celebration! In the Bantu language, “muntu” means “the essence of humanity.” It’s what the Muntu Dance Theatre seeks to express in its work and to touch in its…

02/15 | Gros Ngolle Pokossi -Album Release Party – World Music Wednesday


Gros Ngolle Pokossi, a Cameroonian musician who specializes in electric bass with extensive experience in performing live, recording, and composing Afrobeat, jazz, funk, ethnomusic and pop.  Gros has had the honor of working with Decording Society, Trilok Gurtu, Claude Chalhoub, Nneka, and Frank McComb among many other talented musicians. Gros’s current personal project is Gros Pokossi…

06/17 | Kina Zoré (Mozambique) at World Music Wednesday


Triumphant horns, uplifting vocals, and swirling polyrhythms make Kina Zoré a force of hypnotic beauty. Fronted by soft-spoken and charismatic Mozambican songwriter Helder Tsinine, the six-piece powerhouse commands the dance floor with earthy-yet-electric African rhythms that echo from Helder’s hometown of Maputo, Mozambique. Since winning the 2011 Peacedriven Songwriting Contest and 2012 John Lennon Songwriting…