A World Music Celebration and fundraising concert to aid African music education is planned at The House Cafe in DeKalb. The event will include an eclectic mix of music ranging from African, Hawaiian, Chinese, Chicago urban, experimental and international influences.
The coordinator of the event, Mathew Tembo, recently graduated with a master’s degree in music from Northern Illinois University. He is originally from Zambia. Tembo hopes to raise funds to return to Africa to aid the music education programs at an elementary school in Ethiopia and a high school in Zambia where he recently taught.
Tembo is recognized as one of the best reggae musicians in Zambia; however, he is choosing to focus more on traditional music and hopes to share his knowledge with students from his homeland.
The second annual World Music Celebration, which takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday, will include music provided by eight bands including Mathew Tembo performing with the Occidental Brothers Dance Band International from Chicago. Additional acts include NIU’s own guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque, the NIU Chinese Ensemble as well as a revolutionary hip-hop artist promoting empowerment through the arts.
The House Cafe is located at 263 E. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb. Tickets cost $7 at the door and $4 for students or those who wish to purchase them online before the event at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/459753.