World Musicians Converge on Telegraph Avenue
A dazzling array of music - from Balkan harmonies, South American rhythms, Japanese flute, African marimba, Klezmer, and Zydeco - bring joyful sounds to Telegraph when Bay Area's international musicians return to Telegraph Avenue for the FREE Berkeley World Music Festival. Now in its 11th year, the Festival launches its first autumn celebration on both Saturday and Sunday, September 20th and 21st, starting at Noon.
It’s 3 festivals in 1! Saturday features a wonderful mix of café music (Noon- 9 pm) as well as the acclaimed People’s Park Concert (1- 6 pm) sponsored by Amoeba Music. On Sunday, the Festival turns into a street fair carnival (Noon - 6 pm) between Dwight Way and Durant Ave. for the season finale of “Sundays on Telegraph” and features a main stage concert and gatherings of music, circus entertainment and a benefit beer garden. Pick up a program guide at the information booth on Telegraph at Haste Street, near UC Berkeley.
Berkeley World Music Festival showcases the Bay Area’s rich world music scene. People's Park Concert headliners begin with the exciting opening act La Misa Negra playing vintage Colombian dance hall music packed with a cabaret of horns, vocals & punk rock energy. Then West Coast favorite SambaDá arrives with their carnival of Brazilian Afro-Samba Funk dance music, capped by the acclaimed Marcus James & the Wassonrai offering hypnotic sounds in which Delta Blues meets West Africa. People's Park festivities (Noon - 6 pm) include a colorful Crafts Bazaar and a exibition performances by both UCA Capoeira and All Nations Singers and Dancers.
For Sunday’s featured street fair concert Sadza Marimba opens with joyful Zimbabwean dance music. Then, Moroccan singer Bouchaib Abdelhadi & Friends present Middle Eastern riffs. The Festival closes with Baraka Moon’s ecstatic Sufi Trance dance music, featuring charismatic singer Sukhawat Ali Khan and KPFA host Stephen Kent, premiere exponent of the digeridu.
Throughout the weekend visitors will also be treated to an intimate world music tour featuring renowned innovators in their respective fields. The Ulysses Trio with alluring chanteuse Melanie O’Reilly, sax player George Brooks and keyboardist/arranger Frank Martin blend Gaelic music with Jazz making their Northern California debut at BWMF. Virtuoso ambassador Karl Young playing Shakuhachi flute journeys through Japan’s folk and Buddhist traditions. Cultural Chicano icon Dr. Loco cuts loose with Tex-Mex. True Life Trio, who first met as members of Kitka, weaves vocal harmonies from the Balkans and beyond. Quijeremá, with award winning Chilean-born film score composer QuiQue Cruz, infuse their signature music with ancient roots (Latin American Folk & Jazz). Street artist treasure Michael Masley plays celestial music on his invented "Kalimbalom" & "Eggdawn Autoharp". With Back40 (Americana Roots), Bayou Noir (Cajun & Zydeco), Keenan Webster Duo (West African Kora), Reinhardt Swing (Gypsy Jazz), Simcha (Klezmer), plus a Noon-6 pm crafts fair, KIDS Zone & visitor activities, there’s something for everyone.
For more information visit https://www.berkeleyworldmusic.org