Madison World Music Fest Sept. 16-19

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The sixth annual Madison World Music Festival will be held September 16-19, in the Wisconsin Memorial Union and at the Willy Street Fair. The festival presents artists from around the world for free performances, workshops, and lectures.

The tentative schedule:

Wednesday, 9/16
Mystical Arts of Tibet: Mandala Construction Opening Ceremony, 4 pm

Locally Global Student and Community Showcase, 5:30 pm

Thursday, 9/17
Red Baraat Festival! India, 6 pm

Kepa Junkera Basque Country, 8:15 pm

Kusun Ensemble Ghana, 10:15

Friday, 9/18
Mucca Pazza, 3 pm,

Orchestre de Tetouan, Morocco, 4:15 pm

Mucca Pazza, 6:15 pm

Minyeshu, Ethiopia, 8 pm

Parno Graszt, Hungary, 10 pm

Saturday, 9/19, Willy St. Festival:
Kepa Junkera, Basque Country, 2:30 pm

Hanggai and Mamer, Mongolia/China, 4:00 pm

Kepa Junkera, Basque Country, 6:15 pm

Los de Abajo, Mexico, 7:45 pm

Memorial Union:
DJ Shantel, Germany, 10 pm

Following the recent cancellation of DJ Shantel’s US tour in September, the Madison World Music Festival booked the Algerian DJ Cheb I Sabbah to replace him for the festival’s final performance and dance party on Saturday, 9/19/09 at 10 pm at the Memorial Union’s Terrace (Wisconsin Union Theater if rain). Considered a leading world music DJ, Sabbah, who moved to France in the ’60s and began spinning in Paris in 1964, is one of the earliest practitioners of the art of deejaying. From the energy of bhangra to Moroccan street rap, from trance to dub, Sabbah covers the many facets of the outernational dance floor

Additional workshops and events will be announced later at the festival’s web site, http://uniontheater.wisc.edu/worldmusicfest/.


The festival is presented by the Wisconsin Union Directorate Theater Committee. Other confirmed sponsors include The Anonymous Fund, Evjue Foundation, Madison Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, UW Credit Union, and Wisconsin Arts Board.

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