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World Music Festival to celebrate decade

An annual Madison cultural event celebrating music revels in a decade of the jubilee this year.

Madison World Music Festival organizers said the three-day event, scheduled Sept. 19-21 at the Memorial Union and Willy Street Fair, is in its 10th year. The festival is presented by the Wisconsin Union Directorate Performing Arts Committee in collaboration with the Willy Street Fair.

Organizers said the festival will include music from many parts of the world, workshops, and opportunities to dance, all for free.

Of special note this year is the number of women performing and leading bands -- of the 11 bands presented, only two are all-male, according to the Wisconsin Union Directorate Performing Arts Committee.

The tentative 2013 Madison World Music Festival schedule:

Thursday, Sept. 19, Memorial Union Terrace:

  • 5 p.m. Chitravina N. Ravikiran Quartet, Carnatic music from India
  • 7 p.m. Kardemimmit, all-female Kantele band, Finland
  • 9 p.m. Christine Salem, the unique music of Reunion Island

Friday, Sept. 20, Memorial Union Terrace:

  • 5 p.m. Baladino, Ladino-language group from Israel
  • 7 p.m. Krar Collective, music and dance from Ethiopia
  • 9 p.m. Nomadic Massive, conscious hip hop from Canada, with band members from all over the world

Saturday, Sept. 21, Willy Street Fair:

  • 1:30 p.m. Prusinowski Trio, actually a quintet playing Polish village dance music with a touch of avant-garde improvisation.
  • 3:30 p.m. Dakha Brakha, modern devotional music from Ukraine
  • 5:30 p.m. Tal National, one of Niger’s most popular bands
  • 7:30 p.m. Cristina Pato, rousing bagpipe from Spain

Saturday, Sept. 21, Memorial Union Terrace:

  • 9:30 p.m. Joan Soriano, the Bachata king from the Dominican Republic

Presenters said additional events may be announced at a later date and the schedule is subject to change.

Event updates and rain change information is available through the group's website or the festival’s Facebook page.

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