Saturday, November 5, 2011 and 5 Rabbit Brewery and have joined forces for an amazing event at the Chicago Art Department to celebrate Día de los Muertos!
It will be an incredible party featuring 5 Rabbit’s Vida y Muerte Ale and a full line up of DJs including Sound Culture Chicago, DJ Reyna, ((Sonorama)), Ghetto Division and Soulphonetics!

10:00pm at Chicago Art Department Gallery (1932 South Halsted, Chicago , IL)

Free to get in! • All you can drink wristband/cup • $15 presale • $20 at door.

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Sound Culture at the World Music Festival Chicago 2011 September 16-21

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture presents the best of today’s international music at the 13th annual World Music Festival: Chicago this September 16 – 22, 2011. A celebration of music from around the globe continues this year at the city-wide, multi-venue, week-long festival. Presented at area museums, parks, cultural centers, plazas, theaters, clubs, and other venues, events include a combination of free and low-cost ticketed concerts.  More information and full schedule at 

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Sound Culture Presents


9pm Show | 7:30pm Doors
Mayne Stage 1328 W. Morse Ave.
18+ show | $5 valet | Redline Morse stop
Ticket Available HERE

An inspiring new international voice, who is both influenced by jazz and is bringing her own culture and creativity to the melting pot, is Malika Zarra. Born in Morocco, raised in France, and now thriving in the polyglot metropolis of New York City, this gifted composer, producer and singer has invented a new Moroccan urban-world-jazz by tastefully using traditional North African chaâbi, Berber and Gnawa polyrhythms to underpin her distinctly contemporary urban compositions, all the while maintaining a sophisticated improvisational modern jazz approach. Joining other fresh New York faces of the international jazz scene, such as Afro-Latin bassist/singer Esperanza Spalding, Zarra’s sultry multi-lingual vocals move effortlessly between Berber, Moroccan Arabic, French, and English.

Natural Information Society.  Bassist and composer Joshua Abrams has been in the thick of Chicago's vibrant music scene for 15 years, playing and recording as leader and sideman in projects across the genres. He co-founded the "back porch minimalist" band Town & Country (Thrill Jockey/Box media) and Matana Roberts & Chad Taylor the trio Sticks & Stones (Thrill Jockey/482 Music).  He has released four records under his own name as well as two under the moniker "reminder" that navigate the realms of jazz and improvisation, electro-acoustic composition, beatmaking, minimalism and field recordings (eremite/delmark/eastern developments/lucky kitchen). Abrams has appeared on over 50 recordings.

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

IMAN Community Cafe Presents

ALSARAH and the NUBATONES (Sudan),
 AROOJ AFTAB (Pakistan / New York City, NY), 

7pm Show | 6:30pm Doors
International House at 
The University of Chicago, 1414 E. 59th St.
All Ages show | $8 Donation

Formed in 1999, Wust El Balad features 8 talented musicians from all over Cairo. Their music, featuring guitar, oud, percussion, bass guitar and vocals has a soft rock tone, but never strays far from a more traditional Egyptian sound. 

Following the Egyptian Revolution in 2011, Wust El Balad member Hany Adel gained a large following for his song, “Sout El Horreya” or “the sounds of freedom”. Wust El Balad seeks to ensure that their music can be heard by Egyptians of all social classes, and has thrown a number of widely successful street concerts in Cairo.

Alsarah and The Nubatones came together out of a collective love for Nubian music and a genuine belief that Soul transcends all cultural and linguistic barriers. Inspired by the pentatonic scale, Alsarah and The Nubatones blend a selection of Nubian 'songs of return' from the 1970s to today with original material and traditional music of central Sudan.

Influenced by American Jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald and Sufi Classical artists Abida Parveen and Reshma, Pakistani Singer Arooj Aftab presents an original sound, embraced by young and old from South Asia and beyond. Accompanied by acoustic guitar, upright bass, and electronic beats, Arooj represents the view of a young Pakistani at a cultural crossroads, a rich musical legacy combined with a globalized pop sound.

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Sound Culture Presents

GRUPO CUMBE (Chicago),

8pm Show | 6:30pm Doors
Mayne Stage 1328 W. Morse Ave.
18+ show | $5 valet | Redline Morse stop
Ticket Available HERE

Chicago's best local latin and Colombian musicians come together to re-arrange and perform Colombian Cumbia classics as Grupo Cumbe. This internationally celebrated musical form born on the Caribbean coast of Colombia represents The marriage of African, Spanish, and Indigenous influences.  This new group fuses traditional afro Colombian percussion, with elements of big band style Cumbia and jazz made famous by artists like Lucho Bermudez and the Discos Fuentes record label catalog. Incorporated are call & response vocals, raw traditional percussion courtesy of the Alegre, Tambora, Llamador & Maraca, bottom heavy electric bass lines, Gaita flutes, latin piano and jazz trumpet.

The Opposition Party is a ten-piece Chicago musical collective, centered around performance of polyrhythmic music, particularly the cross-pollination of African music, Jamaican reggae and dub, and American funk and jazz. Heavy grooves and high-energy rhythms come alive in a catalog that features music from artists like Ethiopiques, Fela Kuti, Tony Allen, Thomas Mapfumo, Jackie Mittoo, and originals that stir up all these influences and bake them into something new.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Frigg (Finland) & DJ Sound Culture (Chicago)

5:30pm Show
Hostelling International 24 E. Congress Pkwy
All Ages Show | Free

Frigg, a seven-piece Finnish-Norwegian band, produces fresh Scandinavian folk fiddling. They represent a mixture of Kaustinen (Finland) and Nord-Trondelag (Norway) traditions, combined with a taste of Americana and Irish Folk music. Named for the Norse goddess of love and fertility, the band has received numerous accolades for musicianship and performance.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Sound Culture Presents


8pm Show | 6:30pm Doors
Mayne Stage 1328 W. Morse Ave.
18+ show | $5 valet | Redline Morse stop
Ticket Available HERE

Vibrant dancing, spectacular harmonies and undiscovered music of the Caribbean performed by a vocal and percussion ensemble little known outside of Cuba, The Creole Choir of Cuba have preserved musical treasures from Haiti, Dominica and Cuba within their rich descendant Cuban communities. Referred to as “Desandann” domestically, the group is composed from the descendants of several waves of Haitian migrants who escaped slavery at the end of the 18th century, or more recently came as laborers to work Cuba’s sugar plantations. Their repertoire consists of a wide range of choral arrangements with percussion accompaniment including Choucoune (a Haitian merengue), Gran Toumobile (a Creole Mazurka) and Doudou Moin (a Martinique merengue).

Calypso Caravan is brought together through the efforts of the International Arts Alliance whose mission is to honor the arts, heritage, history and cultural traditions in Trinidad and Tobago and throughout the world.

For over 50 years Calypso Rose has been the reigning Queen of Calypso of Trinidad and the world. She has received more honors and medals than any other living Calypsonian. She has composed over 800 songs from social and political commentary, to party music and inspirational hymns.

Lord Superior, also from Trinidad, was originally called “boy wonder”. He was given the name “Superior” from Lord Melody, writer of “Mama look a booboo“ and other tunes popularized by Harry Belafonte. Superior has performed internationally for over 50 years and is considered to be the guardian of Calypso's legacy and culture. He is a prolific composer, ace guitarist and a genius in the art of extempo.

Clyde "Lightning" George has lived in both Trinidad and Chicago. He began playing the steelpan as a young boy when the instrument was being created. His name was given to him by his teacher and the inventor of the double tenor steelpan because of his ability to learn music quickly. He has taken this skill into Chicago jazz clubs and has mastered the art of jazz improvisation. Early in his Chicago career Clyde worked with our very own jazz icons, Willie Pickens and Robert Shy, who join this group of illustrious musicians for their debut performance at World Music Festival: Chicago 2011.