02/15 | Walk All Night: A Drum Beat Journey – Film Screening


The screening will be followed by optional 30-minute bucket drumming workshop with Damonte Williams, one of the musicians featured in the film. An idealistic social worker initiates an ambitious project to take a group of street musicians to West Africa. Fascinated by the sounds of bucket drummers she meets on Chicago’s south side, Elilta Tewelde…

01/31| Paolo Angeli at World Music Wednesday at Old Town School of Folk Music


01/31 | Paolo Angeli with special guest Lucero Flamenco with Maya Tatiana and Mehran Jalili “…Speaking of punk and jazz, there’s Paolo Angeli. Sardinia’s madly imaginative master of the guitar – albeit a fabulously souped-up guitar of his own invention – veers, in dreamy and almost stream-of-consciousness kind of way, between the traditional music of his…

02/18 | Global music icon Idan Raichel: Piano Songs


“This one-man Middle East peace accord makes music that is an ambitious celebration of multicultural diversity. The ethnic elements are cleverly rewired with modern grooves to create an ambient journey that thrillingly bridges the traditional and the modern.” – The Times (UK) With his latest album, a solo release, producer, keyboardist, lyricist, composer and performer…

04/19 | Herencia de Timbiquí at OTS FREE


“Herencia de Timbiquí is one of the most exciting tropical music acts out of Colombia in recent years.” – WorldMusicCentral.org While Colombia is often synonymous with Cumbia, the music from the Pacific Coast, like that of Herencia de Timbiquí, remains largely unexplored. Herencia de Timbiquí works to preserve the ancestral roots of the marimba de…

04/08 | Thomas Mapfumo & The Blacks Unlimited at OTS


Known as “The Lion of Zimbabwe,” Thomas Mapfumo is one of the best-known African artists on the world music scene today. He successfully introduced the traditional sacred music of the metal-pronged Mbira and Ngoma drumming into the mainstream through his music. Known for championing African culture and causes, Mapfumo has been a driving force in…

03/22 | Tarek Abdallah and Adel Shams El Din – World Music Wednesday


Egyptian duo Tarek Abdallah and Adel Shams el Din celebrate the Golden Age of the Egyptian oud on their debut release, Wasla. Tarek hails from Alexandria, and is well-versed in the traditional repertoire of the Egyptian oud. Adel is an Alexandrine of an earlier generation; a master of the riqq frame drum and co-founder of…

03/08 | Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal – World Music Wednesday


Ballake Sissoko the Malian master of the traditional harp, or kora; Vincent Segal the French cellist with the unlikely background in trip-hop; and the elegant. After years of touring together Sissoko and Segal have created their own hybrid tradition, one that draws on the ancient well of West African troubadour songs, the rich heritage of…