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Septet from Suriname Swinging Around Chicago

Chicago music fans will have three opportunities to experience live world music this week as Fra Fra Sound will perform in concert.

Based in the Netherlands, Fra Fra Sound, the Suriname-Caribbean septet, plays music of the Caribbean, Latin America, the United States, Africa and Europe. Hear them on the northside at Old Town School of Folk Music, downtown at the Cultural Center or on the campus of Columbia College Chicago.

According to Columbia’s Center for Black Music Research, “The term Fra Fra has different meanings: it can imply volatility, difference and mystery, or unboundedness. Fra Fra is also the name of a people in the Northwest of Ghana. Fra Fra Sound uses the term to reflect the relationship between music, dance, religion and philosophy from the African diaspora and West Africa as well as its unpredictable and experimental approach to music.”

Chicago performances this week:

Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 9:30 p.m., Old Town School of Folk Music

Gary and Laura Mauer Concert Hall

4544 N. Lincoln Avenue

Free ticketed event / Advance tickets recommended

$5 suggested donation / Call 773.728.6000 for tickets

Thursday, October 22, 2009, 7:00 p.m., Chicago Cultural Center

Cassidy Theater

78 E. Washington Street

Free and open to the public.

Friday, October 23, 2009, 7:00 p.m., Columbia College Chicago

Concert Theater, Music Building

1014 South Michigan Ave.

Free and open to the public.

For more information, please visit Columbia College’s Center for Black Music Research.

This project was made possible by support from the Consulate General of the Netherlands.

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