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CHICAGO – All over the windy city there'll be toe-tapping and swaying to the music of the 2012 World Music Festival.

The festival runs Sept. 21-27, with free, family-oriented entertainment. A sampling of the musical treats featured are: Maria de Barros, a singer from Cape Verde; Canteca de Macao, a Spanish ensemble; Celtic Connections Presents Transatlantic Sessions; Los Gaiteros de San Jocinto and its Colombian flutes; and a finale of global artists "One World Under One Roof."

The entertainment is hosted by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

The music begins at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 in Reggie's Rock Club, 2109 S. State St. Matuto with Swing Brasileiro will perform. Three more performances by other artists are in different locations that evening.

Sept. 22 and 23 have earlier starts. Both days begin with entertainment at 1 p.m. in the Navy Pier Beer Garden, 600 E. Grand Ave. Additional performances go on into the night. See for a complete schedule of the entire festival.

The last concert, part of One World Under One Roof, is Janka Naby and The Bubu Gang at 9:30 p.m. Sept. 27, at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

To get the "world" of the festival, visitors can select from a wide range of talents.

The Copacabana Trio specializes in Bossa Novas; Baghdad-born Rahim AlHaj and Ancient Sounds bring traditional Iraqi music with a contemporary touch; Slavic Soul Party provides Balkan and Gypsy music; Melody of China is a chamber ensemble from San Francisco; or get a variety in one group, Fishtank Ensemble has an Italian singer, French violinist, Serbian bass player and a master flamenco guitarist.

For a special treat, AfriCaribe brings colorful costumes, dance and music together, while celebrating the cultures of the Caribbean and Puerto Rico and their African influences. Their show can be caught at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.

Visitors will feel as if they're on a magic carpet flying from one part of the world to another. Actually, there is a Magic Carpet. This group brings together the music of India, the Middle East and Africa.

Music combined with the sights and sounds of downtown Chicago will make a journey toward Lake Michigan well worth the trip.

If you go

What: Annual World Music Festival

When: Sept. 21-27, times vary

Where: Downtown Chicago, locations vary

Cost: Free, family-oriented

Information: Visit,, Twitter @WMFChicago or call 312-744-0576.

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