Tonight: Music from Bosnia, Colombia, Latin America, and Tunisia

Hello my dear Urbanites! My recommendations for today Saturday are as follows:

Amel Curic last concert in Chicago

Amel Curic’s last concert in Chicago is tonight at Belami Café (5530 N Lincoln Ave). Don’t miss the chance to hear this talented singer perform Bosnian traditional music as well as from the rest of the Balkan region. My friends and I saw his show last week and we had a blast dancing to his music. Not only he performed traditional Balkan songs but he also sang famous covers in English. The show runs from 10pm to 2am.  Cover is $10 and includes one drink of your choice. Here is a video of a couple of songs I could capture that night. The first one is a cover of the Gipsy Kings song “Un Amor”. The second one is a Serbian love song called Vranjanka. I love the passion and emotion that Amel puts in the interpretation of these songs, especially for Vranjanka.

AfriCaribe Fundraiser

Support Africaribe Cultural Center while enjoying a night of great live performance, DJ, Food, and Art. Bomba, Plena, Son Jarocho, Samba, Rumba, Salve and more. Performances by AfriCaribe, Son Del Viento, Chi Caribeña Dance Troupe, Brazilian Samba/Axe, Wemilere, Grupo Capoeira Brazil & Dj Bohique. The event will be held from 7pm to 12am at La Casa Puertorriquena (1237 N. California Avenue Chicago). $7 in advance, $10 at the door. For your convenience you may purchase tickets online

 

Bomba Estereo “el alma y cuerpo tour” w/SOULPHONETICS & The Color Brown

According to Apple ITunes, Bomba Estero is one of the most promising bands to emerge from South America in the new millennium. Bomba Estereo merges sticky cumbia beats with electronica. Direct from Colombia on their “el alma y cuerpo tour”, BOMBA ESTEREO will be performing with Soulphonetics and Leo Suarez at Empty Bottle
(1035 N. Western Avenue
Chicago) at 8pm. $15 in advance and $17 at the door.

Ticket link: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3545795

Najib Bahri’s El Amal – A Tribute to Tunisia

9:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

with Master Percussionist Najib Bahri -Darbouka, Bendir, Riqq

featuring Hanna Madbak – Guitar, 
Irina Kom – Dancer
 and Karla G. GarciaDancer

Najib Bahri’s ensemble El Amal (Arabic for “Hope”), performs a wide range of classical and contemporary North African and Middle Eastern music styles, encompassing a unique world-beat fusion expression while remaining rooted in his ethnic art form.
Watch Nahib perform here.


Najib Bahriis a composer, performer and an educator of North African and Middle Eastern rhythms and music folklore. Born in Tunisia, Najib Bahri is an expert in these rhythms, and a master percussionist on the Darbouka (goblet drum), Bendir (frame drum), and Riq (Arabic tambourine) in the Maghrebi, Mashriqi and Khaligi classical and folk styles.

Hanna Madbak is a guitarist, composer and producer of world-beat music. While he was trained as a traditional Flamenco guitarist by Mariano Cordoba, Hanna’s guitar and music composition style has evolved to a musical expression at the intersection of many musical genres and cultures. Hanna’s music stems from a globalized and multicultural perspective. As a firm believer in music as an international language of peace, Hanna is committed to promoting World-Beat fusion as a means of fostering cross-cultural understanding and harmony.

Tickets cost $20. Student/Senior/Member: $15


Feeling like having fun and helping a good cause tonight? Check Sones de Mexico or Chi-Caribena performances

This Saturday is bringing us a couple of cool options to have fun and help a good cause. Here they are:

Sones de Mexico, a Chicago-based folk music group that specializes in the Mexican musical tradition known as son, will play a homecoming concert at casa Aztlán (1831 S. Racine Ave), in the heart of Pilsen, where the band held its first rehearsals 17 years ago. Sharing the bill is Ramon Marino, who will open the show singing Nueva Trova songs. Doors open at 7:30pm and the The show runs from 8:30 to 11pm. Admission is $20. Proceeds will go towards Casa Aztlan, for programs that help immigrants lead better lives in this country. Sones de Mexico was nominated to the Latin Grammy for Best Folk Album of 2007, so you are guaranteed to have a great show.  Here is a video of the group performing live their version of “La Bamba”:

If you rather help the victims of the Japan’s earthquake and tsunami, go to Canale Art Lounge (500 W 18th St.) and join them as they share a slice of the culture of South America and raise money for the devastation that has affected Japan. Chi~Caribena Dancers, Gingarte Capoeira, and CedenO will be entertaining the crowds. Money raised will be going to Save the Children through the Japanese Cultural Center. $10 for ladies/ $15 for men.

Enjoy your Saturday!