Virtual World Music Festival Chicago

September 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2020, 1-3pm

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Produced by the City of Chicago, World Music Festival Chicago has attracted over 650,000 concertgoers to see more than 750 artists and ensembles from over 80 countries since it began in 1999. The 2020 presentation will move online this September as part of Global Music Month.

World Music Festival is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and is sponsored by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA).



Sunday, September 6, 1–3pm

Ragamala: A Centennial Tribute to Ravi Shankar
Programmed with People of Rhythm. Recorded in Chicago, New Delhi, Oakland and Kolkata.
The festival’s annual celebration of Indian classical music, Ragamala will continue to showcase Hindustani music from North India and Carnatic music from South India with a very special online centennial tribute to legendary maestro and ambassador of Indian classical music, sitarist Ravi Shankar.

  • Saraswathi Ranganathan (veena), Dhananjay Kunte (tabla), Heather Boehm (violin)
  • Gaurav Mazumdar (sitar)
  • Aditya Prakash (vocals), Shiva Ramamurthi (violin), Rohan Krishnamurthy (mridangam)
  • Tejendra Narayan Majumdar (sarod), Arup Chatterjee (tabla)


Sunday, September 13, 1–3pm

Afro-Diáspora y Folklore
Programmed with and recorded at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center
Chicago-based music groups highlight and celebrate the Afro-Latin folkloric musical traditions of some of the Latin American communities who call this city home.

  • Bombazo con Buya + special guest Eli Samuel Rodríguez (Bomba from Puerto Rico)
  • Los Pleneros de Don Segundo (Plena from Puerto Rico)
  • Ecos del Pacifico Afrocolombia (Bullarengue and Marimba from Colombia)
  • Tambor Chicago (Afro Cuban spiritual music and Rumba from Cuba)


Sunday, September 20, 1–3pm

Anam Mór
Programmed with and recorded at Martyrs’
The Chicago-based traditional Irish supergroup is led by master percussionist Jackie Moran and features Laurence Nugent on flutes and whistles, Brendan Bulger on fiddle, and Jesse Langen on guitar.


Sunday, September 27, 1–3pm

Chicago Immigrant Orchestra
Recorded at Epiphany Center for the Arts
The Chicago Immigrant Orchestra returns with a new vision under the direction of Fareed Haque and Wanees Zarour as a 12-piece ensemble of musicians from Chicago’s diverse immigrant community and representing music traditions from all over the world. Artists including Sophia Uddin (violin), Fareed Haque (guitar, keys, percussion), Hitesh Master (North Indian vocals), Juan Pastor (Latin percussion), Paul Cotton (African percussion), Richard Christian (tabla/dhol), Sam Tahiri (Persian vocals), Saraswathi Ranganathan (South Indian veena), Tamir Hargana (throat singer / horsehair fiddle), Tzu-Tzen Wu (Chinese ruan) Ugochi (Nigerian vocals), and Wanees Zarour (oud, buzuq, percussion).


World Music Festival Chicago is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and is sponsored by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA).

World Music Festival Chicago is presented as part of Global Music Month 2020 – a month-long, online celebration of music from around the world. Running from August 29 through October 1, 2020, Global Music Month features concerts, presentations and panels from 19 different U.S. and Canadian festivals and presenters under one banner. More information at

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