Community Café: World Music Festival

Featuring: Arooj Aftab, Alsarah and the Nubatones & Wust El-Balad
When: September 17, 2011, 7PM-9PM (Doors open at 6:30 PM)
Where: International House at The University of Chicago, 1414 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637
$8 Donation

A Message from Our Hosts


IMAN partners with the Chicago World Music Festival 2011 for the second annual Community Café: World Music Festival. Join us at the University of Chicago’s International House for an eclectic mix of music inspired by the sounds of Pakistan, Egypt and Sudan.

Arooj Aftab

Arooj Aftab is an internationally acclaimed Sufi musician, vocalist and songwriter from Pakistan. She pays homage to classical Sufi legends such as Abida Parveen and Reshma; neo-soul and jazz icons such as Sade and Ella Fitzgerald; and contemporary world musicians such as Marisa Monte. Read more on Arooj here.

Alsarah and the Nubatones

Inspired by the love for Nubian music and a belief that Soul transcends all cultural and linguistic barriers, Alsarah and the Nubatones blend a selection of Nubian ‘songs of return’ from the 1970s to today with original material and traditional music of central Sudan. Read more on Alsarah here

Wust El-Balad

Wust El-Balad produces an amazing blend of sounds, combining traditional Arabic music with a western twist to make their music as accessible as possible not just in Cairo but far beyond. Eight talented guys from all across the country joined together in downtown Cairo, forming one of the most successful bands in Egypt. Coming from different musical backgrounds, each member has brought his own flavor to the group. Read more on Wust El-Balad here

DJ David Chavez


A native of Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, has been collecting and playing records since 1995. He tends to keep himself under the radar and behind the scenes for the most part. But as of late his dj skills and profound taste for deep AfroLatinJazzHouse has lead to a 4-year Wednesday night residency at Wicker Park’s Subterranean Lounge. David is constantly searching for fresh ideas and integrating cultural fusions of live instrumentation with DJ sets. His music ranges from downtempo brazilian bossa, to NuJazz and AfroLatin House.
DJ David Chavez
The concert is sponsored in part by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art