Tonight I’m participating in a panel discussion at Sonotheque that’s part of this year’s World Music Festival: Chicago. Changing the Tune of a Nation: Music as a Political Force is the latest presentation in GOAt (Globally Occupied Attention) series organized by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

From the PR: “Music is a source of entertainment and personal inspiration, but can also carry a great deal of influential power in politics and national identity.  From hip-hop artists in Africa and Iran to the Muslim punk movement ‘Taqwacore’ to the rock songs and ballads that inspired supporters of Ukraine’s Orange Revolution, music has shown it can unite people in order to incite change.  Even closer to home, the songs chosen to accompany U.S. presidential rallies say much about the relationship between music and politics.  Join the Chicago Council’s GOAt program as it brings together a panel of international musicians and experts to discuss just how songs can provoke people to work toward better futures for their nations and communities.” The discussion is moderated by Jon Langford (Mekons, Waco Brothers) and also features Senegalese hip-hop artists Baay Musa, Katherina Bornefeld of the Ex, and ethnomusicologist Dr. Adriana Helbig  from the University of Pittsburgh. The event begins at 7 PM and admission is $10.

Today’s playlist:

Bill Evans, Interplay (OJC)
Trees, The Garden of Jane Delawney (Rewind/Columbia)
Kenny Barron, The Traveler (Sunnyside)
Jackie McLean, It’s Time! (Blue Note)
Françoiz Breut, Vingt a Trente Mille Jours (Virgin)