Community Café: World Music Festival and Eid Celebration (Free)

Featuring: Riad & Takht and Meta & The Cornerstones
When: September 26, 2010, 7PM-9PM (Doors open at 6:30PM)
Where: South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60649

Egyptian maestro, Riad, and his ensemble Takht will take you on a unique musical journey while Senegalese vocalist, Meta, and his band, The Cornerstones, lift your spirits with their reggae/soul fusion. Both musicians will be presented concert-style, bringing a new feel and vibe to this Community Cafe.
The concert is free but IMAN will collect donations to support flood relief efforts in Pakistan.

Riad & Takht

Riad Abdel-Gawad composes music and performs on the violin, and does not fit easily into any “box” or genre. Having composed in three very distinct styles of composition “contemporary and avant-garde”, “polystylistic postmodern”, and “international authentic world”, his music crosses and fuses a variety of Western and Eastern genres and canons. Having immersed himself for over a decade in a unique guru-based artistic school in Cairo, Riad Abdel-Gawad is considered amongst his peers to be one of the finest artists of his generation whose linage to a remarkably distinct school of Arab music and a mastery of its improvisatory practice is undisputed. Read more on Riad here.

Meta & The Cornerstones

Meta and the Cornerstones fuse Afropop, Hip-Hop, Rock and Soul with a mixture of French, English, Wolof, and Fulani vocals. This new original Reggae and Soul sound coming out of Brooklyn, NY is something to check out. With their powerful lyrics and feel good melodies, Meta and the Cornerstones create something that’s bigger than music, transcending across the oceans, borders, and language barriers. The band consists of six members who are as diverse as their music, with each member bringing their musical background from the coast of Africa, North America, Asia and the Middle East. the band; Adrian Djoman (bass); Shahar Mintz (guitar); Raja Kassis (guitar);Aya Kato (keyboards); Daniel Serrato (drums), Sierra Carrere (backup vocals) and Meta Dia (lead vocals) create a unifying and soul-pounding experience for the audience. They truly have something to offer to whoever is listening. Immerse yourself in something new.

The concert is sponsored in part by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art