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Old Town School of Folk Music Announces World Music Wednesday & Global Dance Party Series

Subrata Bhattacharya & Abhisek Lahiri / Lucio Feuillet Quinteto

Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music has announced the new season of its World Music Wednesday & Global Dance Party series. The weekly events provide a showcase of world music and dance featuring some of the finest local and touring talent. Most World Music Wednesday concerts are free with a $10 suggested donation. Global Dance Party ticket prices vary.

Event Schedule:

September 4, 8:30 PM – Mames Babegenush – World Music Wednesday

September 11, 8:30 PM – Subrata Bhattacharya & Abhisek Lahiri / Lucio Feuillet Quinteto – World Music Wednesday

September 18, 7:00 PM – Jeremy Dutcher / The Englewood/Soweto Exchange – World Music Wednesday – World Music Festival Chicago

September 18, 8:30 PM – Beppe Gambetta – World Music Wednesday – Rescheduled from January 30

September 25, 7:00 PM – The Gurdjieff Ensemble / HaitiDansCo – World Music Wednesday – World Music Festival Chicago

September 28, 8:30 PM – Jimmy Träskelin and Tallari – Global Dance Party

October 2, 8:30 PM – Emel Mathlouthi – World Music Wednesday

October 9, 8:30 PM – Sammy Figueroa & His Latin Jazz Explosion – World Music Wednesday

October 16, 8:00 PM – Indigenous Peoples Day Concert Chicago – featuring Frank Waln, Nufolk Rebel Alliance, and OPLIAM – World Music Wednesday

October 23, 8:30 PM – Isabelle Olivier Trio – The O.A.S.I.S. Project – World Music Wednesday

October 30, 8:30 PM – Giovanni Seneca & Andreas Kapsalis – World Music Wednesday

November 1, 8:30 PM – Iré Elese Abure with Orisha Dance Chicago – Global Dance Party

November 6, 8:30 PM – The Bongo Hop – World Music Wednesday

November 13, 8:30 PM – René Izquierdo – New Latin American Music for the Guitar · World Music Wednesday

November 20, 8:30 PM – Nella – World Music Wednesday

November 27, 8:30 PM – Old Town School of Folk Music and Cenzontles present – The Cenzontles Indigenous Celebration · World Music Wednesday

Old Town School of Folk Music
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625


Artist Profiles: Emel Mathlouthi

Emel Mathlouthi

Emel Mathlouthi is a Tunisian singer-songwriter, composer, and guitarist. Gifted with an outstanding voice, she evokes Joan Baez, Sister Marie Keyruz and the Lebanese diva Fairuz. Her style is lyrical, with powerful rock, North African and trip hop influences.

Emel began her artistic career at the age of 8 performing at the small amphitheater in the Ibn Sina suburb of Tunis where she lived until the age of 25, when she moved to France to pursue her career as a singer.

Her song “Kelmti Horra”, (my word is free) was adopted by the Arab Spring revolutionaries and sung on the streets of Tunis. She has a charismatic presence and a voice that invokes revolution and freedom.


Kelmti Horra (World Village, 2012)
Ensen (2017)


Tunisian Sensation Emel Mathlouthi to Perform in New York

Influential Tunisian vocalist Emel Mathlouthi is set to perform February 24th, 2017 at Joe’s Pub in New York City. Emel Mathlouthi is well-known for her role as a leading artist in the Arab Spring.

Born in Tunis, she was avoided by her country’s official radio stations but gained popularity through social media. She released her acclaimed first album, Kelmti Horra (My Word is Free) in 2012. Emel’s style is characterized by her commanding vocals along with a fusion of North African rhythms and modern electronic beats.

Her new album, Ensen, is scheduled for release February 24, 2017.

Joe’s Pub
425 Lafayette St, New York
Doors at 9:00 p.m., Show at 9:30 p.m.