World Music Festival
Guild Complex

"Guild Complex: Soundscapes with Quraysh Ali Lansana, Chicago group; Tony Vacca, Massamba Diop & Gokh-bi System with Chicago hip-hop ensemble Mr. Greenweedz"


9/27/00 - 9/27/00


"Guild Complex: Soundscapes with Quraysh Ali Lansana, Chicago group; Tony Vacca, Massamba Diop & Gokh-bi System with Chicago hip-hop ensemble Mr. Greenweedz" Chicago Sun Times
Guild Complex is proud to be part of this year's critically acclaimed World Music Festival. Tohight's triple bill features some of West Africa's most talented musicians. The Chopin Theatre will be filled with the electrifying rhythms of master drummer, Massamba Diop and percussionist Tony Vacca, who have both performed with Sehegalese superstar, Baaba Mall. Tohights is a rare opportunity to see these headliners and their group Gokh-Bi System. You will find your hearts pumping along to the rhythms of these internationally renowned artists. Closer to home the rhythm of Chicago's Soundscapes (Hamid Drake - percussion, NIkki Mitchell - flute, Josh Abrams - bass, Glenda Zahra Baker - vocals/sounds) is enhanced by the vocal0ease of poet Quraysh Ali Lansana to create a mystical moment found in the tranquility and love of Rumi's words. Mr. Greenweedz brings his dynamic presence to the mix, making sure this will not be a night you will soon forget.

Tony Vacca is an American-born percussionist whose studies combine jazz with its many world music sources. He has recorded with pop icon Sting, innovator Don Cherry, genre-defiant Yusef Latteef and many others. His trips to West Africa have resulted in his unique approach to playing the Balafon and his depth of knowledge regarding the common ground between African and American traditions. Performing with Mr. Vacca will be Massamba Dio a master of the Tama or Talking Drum from Senegal, West Africa. He has worked with Afro-Pop super start Baaba Maall for over twenty years. He has also recoreded or performed with Peter Gabriel, Herbie Hancock, James Brown, Ernest Ranglin and many others in his travels around the world.

Gokh-Hi Systerm (Bathie Pouye, Backa Niang, Sana Ndiaye, Diasse Pouye and Mamadou Ndiaye) is a group of talented young performers from Dakar, Senegal. Their music combines ancient and contemporary African and American traditions. They blend the beautiful three string ekonting of sother Senegal with delicate, soulful vocals and then add the unique, muli-language rhythm to the mix.

Director
Quraysh Ali Lansana

Performers
Tony Vacca; Massamba Diop, Gokh-bi System and Mr. Greenweedz

Tags: Music, Rest Of The World, 2000