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New World Music Concert Series to Debut in Chicago
Published April 28, 2006

New world music series “Music Without Borders" features three free concerts at Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Millennium Park presents a new world music series, Music Without Borders, featuring artists from around the globe.  The series, which starts June 29, 2006, consists of three free concerts at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.  Music Without Borders is part of the City of Chicago’s ongoing celebration of world music.  Music Without Borders is supported by a grant from the Governor’s International Arts Exchange program of the Illinois Arts Council.

Three additional concerts, all part of World Music Festival: Chicago 2006 (WMF), also take place at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, from September 14 – 21, 2006.  WMF is an innovative collaboration of neighborhood and downtown cultural organizations, sharing resources to promote an awareness and appreciation of a global connectedness through the medium of music.  Through diverse musical performances, educational activities, media partners and other related activities, WMF reaches deeply into Chicago’s wide variety of ethnic communities.  The WMF, now in its 8th season, has been bringing musical groups from around the world to the entire city of Chicago since its inception in 1998.

“Millennium Park acts as a meeting ground or town square, where people can enjoy music from all over the world, “ said Michael Orlove, Program Director at the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.  “This new summer series, which was inspired by the success of our annual World Music Festival, gives people a chance to see world-class music in a world-class venue.  Plus all concerts are free, making the series accessible to everyone.”


Thursday, June 29, 6:30 pm
This first concert presents an encore performance of two of the most popular groups from last year’s World Music Festival: Chicago 2005.  Musician and actor Seu Jorge's songs are much like his native Rio de Janeiro.  They are lyrical and soaring at times, but with a hint of hoarse sadness, much like the favelas, or slums, that tower above the city’s marquee beaches that give the city a facade of glamour.  He later revisited his stark childhood with his performance as Knockout Ned in the acclaimed film City of God.  He has an easy, natural gift both as an actor and musician.  His enigmatic performance in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, where he played bossa nova cover versions of Ziggy Stardust-era David Bowie tunes to his crewmates, was to many critics the emotional heart of the film.  His extraordinary solo album "Cru" (Wrasse Records) will satiate new fans’ yearning for his pared down, soulful approach.  Seu Jorge’s voice, guitar and the Brazilian cuica drum tell many stories: ironic, witty, but always heartfelt.  More information on Seu Jorge is available at

Amadou and Mariam have been playing their warm African rhythms and infectiously catchy melodies for almost thirty years.  Mariam grew up singing at weddings and traditional festivals while a teenaged Amadou had cut his teeth as a guitarist in Les Ambassadeurs, one of West Africa's hottest and most legendary bands.  Both are blind and they met in 1977 at the Institute for the Blind in Bamako, where they were studying Braille and found themselves performing together in the institute's Eclipse Orchestra.  They married in 1980, the same year they played their first official concert together as a duo.  After establishing a reputation in Africa, the duo finally broke onto the international music scene in two stages, first with the hit single "Mon<