The 7th Annual Berkeley World Music Festival presents free continuous performances by some of the world’s finest world music artists who call the Bay Area home, Noon to 9 PM, on Saturday, June 5th. It offers a wonderful mix of intimate performances in Telegraph Avenue cafes and shops, near UC campus, as well as a featured concert in People’s Park, sponsored by Amoeba Music, 1:00 to 6:00 PM, .
Berkeley World Music Festival
Saturday, June 5th 2010
Noon – 9pm
Continuous music outdoors & in cafes
The Festival showcases the Bay Area region’s vibrant world music scene. In People’s Park, Zydeco Flames headlines with rising stars Khi Darag! and Sekhou Senegal. Zydeco Flames is recognized as the West Coast’s premier Zydeco band, with one of the tightest rhythm sections in the business. Khi Darag! mixes Persian, Klezmer & Psychedelic Rock in a riveting array of instrumentation with female vocals. The Kouyate Twins lead Seyhou Senegal in moving African melodies and high-impact dance grooves. The twins continue a long family line of “Griot” storytellers who carry on the oral history and arts of West Africa.
Visitors are also be treated to a dazzling world music tour at various Telegraph Avenue venues. Featured lead performers are considered pioneers in their respective genres. Mathew Monfort of Ancient Future opens the Festival with Celtic-Raga. Monfort is highly regarded for his pivotal innovations on the scalloped fretboard guitar. Also appearing are: Hamudeen (Moroccan Folk Traditions) with legend Yassir Chadly; Tara with renowned Irish-Jazz lyricist Melanie O’Reilly; The Afrofunk Experience; Belly Dance Bazaar; Gamelan Gender Wayang (Balinese Chamber Music); Gramophone & Dynamo (Greek Rebetika-Ladino-Balkan Underworld) with Charming Hostess’ founder Jewlia Eisenberg; Grupo Falso Baiano (Brazilian Choro); and street artist treasure, Michael Masley (Cymbalom Bowhammer). The Festival’s exciting finale is Quijeremá presenting it’s stunning mix of original Latin American Folk music and jazz.
Not to be missed is the After-Festival Party led by internationally renowned Markus James & and Wassonrai (West Africa meets Mississippi Blues). Show, with $12 cover, starts at 9:30 PM at Ashkenaz. With extraordinary world music, international craft bazaar and Berkeley Poetry Festival, there’s something for everyone. For show times and artist bios, visit www.berkeleyworldmusic.org or pick up a day-of-event schedule.