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    ‘Music of the World’ Festival in Warsaw

    Between June 9th-12th will take place the third edition of the Festival Music of the World. It aims to show traditional and avant-garde music from different parts of the world, this year focusing on the border between Europe and Africa. Among the artists will be Dhafer Youssef from Tunisia, Sona Jobarteh from the Gambia and Polish-Ukrainian group Dagadana. Concerts will take place at Stodoła Club in Warsaw.

    Music of the World has a unique history because its first edition happened in 2001, and the second – twenty years later. It’s organised by the Milo Art Foundation and the National Culture Center, which develops cultural initiatives and promotes interest in culture. With the Music of the World Festival, they widen the familiarity with the musicians from different continents.

    On the first day of the festival will perform Dhafer Youssef and Karolina Cicha. Dhafer is a versatile artist who makes music in genres such as jazz, fusion, qawwali and sufi, which got him international popularity. He also plays on oud lute. On the other hand, Karolina specialised in Polish traditional music and uses many ethnic instruments. At the festival, she will perform Karaim music.

    On June 10th will be a concert by Mikis Theodorakis Orchestra, a band that continues the legacy of Theodorakis – a famous Greek composer. Many members of the Orchestra are actually Mikis’ relatives, thanks to which they can recreate his pieces accurately.

    The third day (June 11th) will focus on intuitive and experimental music played by Yamma Ensemble and Milo Ensemble featuring Alina Bzhezhinska. Yamma Ensemble creates niche music in Hebrew and ladino, the language of the Sephardi Jews. During the festival, they will sing traditional Jewish cantos. Later, Milo Ensemble – an instrumental band – will play ethnic music on acoustic instruments such as drums, bağlama, oud, trembita and others.

    On the last day, there will be performances by Dagadana with jazz and electronic sound, and then Sona Jobarteh – the first African woman who played on kora harp. She is a widely-known vocalist, composer and music producer.

    The concerts will start at 7 P.M., but the entrance will be opened an hour earlier. The tickets cost from 79pln to 99pln (VIP ticket) and are available on Stodoła Club’s website.


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