Chicago producer and DJ Antonio Cesar has used tens of thousands of dollars in grants to travel the world, exporting the city’s sounds and importing new influences.
First things first. The gyil is a traditional West African xylophone with dried gourd resonators hung below most or all of its hardwood keys. (A similar instrument is called a “balafon” in Francophone Africa.) It’s usually tuned pentatonically, and its full, luminous tone is haloed with a cicada-like buzz, created by vibrating membranes made from […]
The leader of the Ritual Trio and the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble is also a teacher, a connector, and an ambassador for Afrocentric jazz.
Current musical obsessions of Neckbeard Deathcamp front man Kriegmeister Hatestorm, Haggathorn guitarist Nathan Scripter, and Reader music editor Philip Montoro
Strut Records has released a superb career overview from veteran highlife vocalist Pat Thomas.
He appears tonight at the Stony Island Arts Bank.
Highlights of the 2016 World Music Festival include Ethio-jazz pioneer Mulatu Astatke, electro-rumba innovators Ìfé, and forward-looking Indian classicists Anjna and Rajna Swaminathan.
Odd Obsession Movies owner Brian Chankin showcases his massive collection in West Town.
Your guide to visual arts in the city this weekend.
The 24th African Festival of the Arts brings the likes of Otis Clay and Brandy to Washington Park.
Ghanaian highlife and Afrobeat great Ebo Taylor hits his stride in his mid-70s with a new studio album.
Katrina Browne uncovers the roots and the psychic consequences of her ancestors’ enormous slave trading empire in the documentary “Traces of the Trade: A Story of the Deep North,” in four free screenings in Chicago and the west suburbs starting Thursday.
Analog Africa digs up another chest of West African treasure: “Afro-Beat Airways” demonstrates how far the genre could range from Fela Kuti’s template.
A tribute to the president brought together Chicago’s Occidental Brothers Dance Band International and their new front man: African superstar Samba Mapangala.
“Martin Luther King Jr.: The Man and the Dream” screens Thursday 1/7 at Chatham 14.