Concerts & Events

Wednesday, November 14, 2018  ·  8:30 PM

Olga Cerpa y Mestisay

World Music Wednesday

4544 N Lincoln Ave · Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall · 773.728.6000

World Music Wednesdays

A weekly showcase of world music and dance featuring the best local and touring talent! Most shows are Wednesday nights at 8:30 PM.

Most World Music Wednesday concerts are free with a $10 suggested donation. TO GUARANTEE YOUR ENTRY MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE EITHER ONLINE OR BY CALLING THE BOX OFFICE AT 773.728.6000. Reservations unclaimed 10 minutes before showtime will be released to waiting patrons.

The new album, Jallo, from Olga Cerpa and Mestisay moves through a space full of light, good energy, root sounds, and Atlantic colors. It is a unique blend that comes together in diverse repertoire that has origins in America and Africa, mixed with the roots of the group's homeland in the Canary Islands.

"Jallo" is an island word that refers to the objects that the sea throws to the Canary shores. This concept is used by Olga and Mestisay to create songs inspired by the musical influences that reach the beaches of their homeland. Latin America, Portugal, Cape Verde or the African continent leave their mark on the album, as well as revisited island songs that have been "found" and rediscovered.

The band that accompanies her (Spanish and Portuguese guitars, timple, contra, ethnic percussions and double bass), directed by the guitarist and composer Pancho Delgado, produces an organic sound, full of nuance. It is made up of six experienced island musicians who have contributed regularly to Mestisay's productions in the last decade.

Extended Play

World Music Wednesday – Extended Play is a series of free concerts curated by the Old Town School of Folk Music and funded by the Chicago Community Trust. Extended Play presents high calibre world music artists at three venues across the city; The Old Town School of Folk Music, the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, and the DuSable Museum of African American History. Artists are selected in close consultation with partner venues to ensure that they reflect the programming objectives and mission of all institutions. Artists will perform for three consecutive days in these venues in an effort to make the significant cultural programming at the Old Town School of Folk Music available to other institutions and communities on the South and West sides of Chicago.