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World Music Festival Chicago presents
Hassan Hakmoun, Calypso Rose with Kobo Town

Sunday, Sep 14, 2014 7:00 PM CDT (6:00 PM Doors)
Mayne Stage, Chicago, IL

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The 16th Annual World Music Festival Chicago presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events features more than 60 groups and artists and 70 performances in venues throughout the City.

All performances are FREE admission in 20 venues by acclaimed musicians and groups representing 33 countries, states and territories from around the globe. The 11-day festival is one of the largest and longest running to date in the United States.

Hassan Hakmoun is one of the most notable figures in contemporary Moroccan music.

Though schooled in the deeply traditional sounds of the Gnawa people in his native Marrakesh, since moving to the U.S. in 1987, his music has absorbed elements from a variety of popular styles, from jazz and "world music" to neo-classical contemporary Western music and cerebral pop, resulting in a diverse, award-winning and critically acclaimed body of work.  His participation in such internationally renowned arts festivals as WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) and collaborations with respected artists, including David Sanborn, Peter Gabriel, Don Cherry and The Kronos Quartet, among countless others, have brought him further into the spotlight and inspired many artists from North Africa and around the globe to follow in his footsteps.

As a master musician  whose vision and contributions have enabled a unique fusion and blending of traditions, cultures and genres in a world of ever-expanding global communication and exchange,  his work maintains its profound and enormous capacity to joyously inspire and heal the individuals and communities it reaches, as Hakmoun undoubtedly remains  a commanding and intriguing artist in the world music scene.

Calypso Rose and Kobo Town 

Mc Cartha Lewis, sobriquet Calypso Rose "the mother of all flowers" is the undisputed queen of Calypso for the last forty years. She was born in the tiny island of Tobago in the West Indies. She began singing at the age of fifteen. In a world where Calypsonians were mainly men, she was able to succeed through her strong personality and her charisma on stage. She was the first woman in 1977 to win the crown of Calypso Monarch (the yearly competition originally called Calypso King re-baptised Calypso Monarch after the triumph of Calypso Rose) and the Road March title (the song most played in the street during Carnival). From there her career brought her all around the world, where she became the Ambassador par excellence of Calypso. She shared the international stages with the most popular stars of the music world such as Miriam Makeba, Tito Puente, Mahalia Jackson, Michael Jackson, Roberta Flack, Bob Marley and many others.Her musical catalogue includes various styles of music from social and political commentary to fete songs, jump up, soca, gospel and now reggae, ska and soul. This special Calypso Rose with Kobo Town performance blends the powerful voice and stage persona of Calypso Rose with the innovative lyrics and nu-calypso sound of Kobo Town.