Chéjere at World Music Festival Chicago

Chéjere at World Music Festival Chicago
National Museum of Mexican Art: 1852 W. 19th St.
Workshop: 3:00 pm
Performance: 7:00 pm
All ages

The world will come together from September 7 to 23 at 17 venues across the city for the 20th Annual World Music Festival Chicago. Celebrating diverse music from across the globe, this FREE festival is produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and is the largest festival of its kind in the United States. The full schedule can be found at

Chéjere informs rootsy acoustic string-driven Mexican son with flamenco, samba and Afro Peruvian music. Formed in Mexico City 22 years ago, group leader and multi-instrumentalist Alonso Borja established his ensemble’s expertise in this tradition that also originated as a mixture, primarily combining Spanish, indigenous Mexican and African musical influences. Each region of Mexico features different styles of son and Chéjere absorbed them all and went on to become global advocates for these sounds. Its 2012 disc Ojos De Luna (The Moon’s Eyes) emphasizes the group’s original compositions with its evocative depictions of nature and conscious calls to end violence. The recording also shows off the group’s improvisational skills. That expertise continues today with as the current lineup also includes violinist Ulises Martínez, bassist Jorge Luis Cortés, percussionist Mariel Henry and singer Natalia Cobos.

World Music Festival is sponsored by Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Tribune, and Millennium Garages. Grant support for World Music Festival provided by the Chicago Park District, Irish American Heritage Center, National Museum of Mexican Art, and Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

In line with the City of Chicago’s One Chicago campaign, the World Music Festival reaffirms that Chicago welcomes everyone. The One Chicago campaign is the visual representation of the City’s value promise that everyone is welcome here no matter their race, religion, color or background. Through its imagery and personal stories, the campaign aims to take the negative rhetoric out of the current immigration story and remind Chicagoans that the immigrant story is everyone’s story. And it reinforces that Chicago has been and will continue to be a city that embraces diversity - no matter the political climate. Visit for more information. 

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Friday, September 14, 2018 - 7:00pm

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