Chicago’s World Music Festival: Review

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Chicago-based, Indian and South Asian group, East Meets Middle East, were one of the last headliners to perform for the World Music Festival at Navy Pier on Sun, Sept .23. / City of Chicago.


By: Taneisha Anderson


As some may know, the World Music Festival, which has been ongoing at various locations in Chicago throughout the month of September, came to an end this Sunday, Sept. 23. Since 1999, the festival has been a city’s favorite, attracting over 600,000 concertgoers, but this year marked one of it’s biggest showcases, featuring 21 concerts at different 17 venues, according to the Chicago Reader.

The World Music Festival kicked off on Friday, Sept. 7, with a Celebration of Indian Classical Music” at the Chicago Cultural Center, highlighting performances from artists such as violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan and Sankaranarayanan Ramani, according to the city’s website.

The following concert days included ensembles from Argentine singer-songwriter Juana Molina, Cuban band Orquesta Akokán, and Congolese artists Jupiter & Okwess, to name a few.

The closing show took place on Sunday at Navy Pier with performances from Jupiter & Okwess Delgres, Chinese Zhou Family Band, and Chicago-based Indian band, East Meets Middle East.

The concert was free and opened to all age groups. To view the entire lineup, visit:


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