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World Music Festival presents
Oumar Konate, Sondorgo

Monday, Sep 15, 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.

Oumar Konaté touched his classmates with passion for music. With an bucket, helmet, and drum he performed nightly outside the family’s front door in Gao, Mali conducting his first band.  In high school, Konaté accompanied the Orchestra of Gao on its national tour.  He went on to the National Institute of Arts and led the school orchestra at Mali’s 2008 Biennale. In 2009, he represented Mali at the UNESCO festival in Gambia.  That same year, Konaté received his Diploma from the Institut Universitaire de Formation des Maitres where he continues to teach.  One of the young African artists racing to prominence, in 2011 he became guitarist and arranger for «Tounkagouna», a monthly television variety show broadcast on ORTM, TV5, and other networks. In 2012, Konaté performed at Mali’s Festival au Desert and toured the US and Canada with Khaira Arby. In 2013 and 2014 Konaté toured Europe with Vieux Farka Toure. 

Söndörgő (pronounce Shoendoergoe)

“Fast and furious, fingers flying with a fiery panache, Söndörgő are one of the most exciting bands in Europe. With their signature instrument, the tambura, the band brilliantly combines respect for tradition with a desire to innovate and a fizzing virtuosity.”

Söndörgő is one of the most active and interesting world music groups in Hungary. They  play a style of music that is hugely attractive, but little known and quite different to the traditional, fiddle-led hungarian repertoire. Their aim is to foster and preserve Southern Slavic traditions of the Serbs and Croats as found in various settlements in Hungary. Most of these communities are situated along the Danube, but quite isolated from each other.

In contrast to most groups playing Balkan music, Söndörgő isn’t playing brass band music, it is a tamburitza band. The tambura is a small and agile plucked instrument similar to the mandolin which is occasionally supplemented by wind instruments and accordion. Söndörgő’s traditional repertoire is made up of material gathered by Béla Bartók and Tihamér Vujicsics as well as learned from old masters of the tradition.




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