Arts & Events

Around & About Music: 8th Berkeley World Music Festival This Saturday, All Afternoon--Free

By Ken Bullock
Tuesday May 31, 2011 - 08:45:00 PM

The 8th Berkeley World Music Festival kicks off at noon on and around Telegraph Avenue at both indoor and outdoor venues between Bancroft and Dwight Ways, with continuous music all afternoon & evening, noon till nine--and it's free! 

In cafes and restaurants (The Med, Milano, Raleigh's, Remy's), music stores (Amoeba, Rasputin's), in People's Park (Crafts Bazaar from noon, music from 1, with mc Bryan Ullenbrock), on the old "Cody's Corner" on Tele & Haste, in the UC Art Museum Sculpture Garden, and a block south of Dwight at The Village, an exceptional range of musical delights for listening and dancing has been put together again by Gianna Ranuzzi & crew, including: 

The Druid Sisters Tree Party (Celtic, Gypsy); Riffat Sultana & Sukhawat Ali Khan (Qawali sufi); Fito Reino y Ritmo y Armonia (Cuban); SF Balalaika Ensemble; Forro brazuca (Brazilian accordions); Mamadou & Vanessa (Mali blues); Eliyahu & the Qadim Ensemble (Middle Eastern mystical); The Belly Dance Bazaar; Rafael Manrique & Ingrid Rubio (Latin American song); Sadza Marimba & Mbira (Zimbabwean music & dance); Pusaka Sunda (West Java gamelan & dance); Jie Ma & Daniel Berkman (Chinese pipa & African kora); Beth Custer Ensemble (jazz & funk)--from noon to 6--and the Helladellics, Greek roots music, at The Village for a Festival Finale, 7-9. (Festival Post-Party, with the West African High Life Band, at Askenaz, San Pablo at Gilman, is ticketed: $10-$13.) 

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