Hurricane Relief Concert Set for this Sunday, Oct. 8

Maurice Ramirez    Michael Nehad will perform Western and Persian style music as part of a fundraiser event this Sunday.

Help Puerto Rico, enjoy live music

A special ’Round the World Festival and Fundraiser will take place this Sunday, Oct. 8, will dedicate 50 percent of its proceeds to those recovering from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Doors open at 11 a.m. at Rhythmix Cultural Works (RCW). The event is family-friendly and will feature performances by Babá Ken & The Nigerian Brothers, Taller Bombalele, Michael Nejad and Capoeira by Sumido of Capoeira Mandinga.

Alameda Education Foundation artists will present Art Around the Island in the gallery and a hands-on instrument making workshop will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Cuban, Vietnamese and vegan food will be available for purchase. 

Babá Ken Okulolo is a Nigerian bassist and bandleader who first appeared in the U.S. in 1985 with King Sunny Ade’s world-touring band. Now based right here in the Bay Area, Babá Ken leads four bands that represent his various musical expertise.

Taller Bombalele is a performance ensemble that focuses on performing and promoting the Puerto Rican music and dance tradition of Bomba. The ensemble was founded in 2014 by Julia Cepeda.

Michael Nejad is a Persian-born master multi-instrumentalist with an international reputation as a composer, performer and recording artist. Michael is a master of both Western and Persian musical styles and plays 56 different types of traditional and Western musical instruments.

The festival was made possible with funding from the Sam Mazza Foundation, Tim Lewis Communities, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.

The event is free, but donations are expected to help support relief efforts in Puerto Rico. RSVP is requested to RCW at rhythmix.org or 865-5060. RCW is located at 2513 Blanding Ave.