World Music on Campus: A Cityfolk Legacy

In 2003, the University of Dayton joined with a lively local performing arts presenter - Cityfolk - to create a new series devoted to world music. Supported initially with funding from the Ohio Arts Council, this partnership brought a new part of the community to campus, and helped expand the diverse programming offered for students.

This decade-long partnership was abundantly fruitful:  campus concerts featured such great names as Simon Shaheen, Luciana Souza, and Vieux Farka Touré. Musicians came from across the world to campus, and occasional residencies provided an opportunity for students of all ages to learn about the wider world.

Late in 2013, however, Cityfolk closed its doors after struggling with significant financial challenges. Although our presenting partner is gone, the Arts Series will maintain its commitment to programming world music. At a time when international education has become an essential part of navigating life, the University's World Rhythms Concerts will continue to provide a joyous way for many in Dayton to get to know the varied traditions of their global neighbors.

World Rhythms Performances:

  • Kiran Ahluwalia - INDIA (’07 & '14)
  • Cristina Branco – PORTUGAL (’06)
  • Brasil Guitar Duo - BRAZIL (’08)
  • The Cuban Connection: Jane Bunnett, Hilario Duran and Candido Camero – CUBA (’12)
  • De Temps Antan – QUEBEC, CANADA (’12)
  • Mamadou Diabate – MALI (’03)
  • Fatoumata Diawara – MALI (’12)
  • Gao Hong & Chen Tao – CHINA (’03)
  • Hot Club of Detroit – AMERICA/FRANCE (’13)
  • Hungarian State Folk Ensemble - HUNGARY (’07)
  • Hunn Huur Tu – TUVA (’11 & ’06)
  • Konono No.1 – DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (’05)
  • Kotchenga Dance Company – IVORY COAST (’05)
  • Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba – MALI (’11)
  • Le Vent du Nord – QUEBEC, CANADA (’11)
  • Les Yeux Noirs – FRANCE (‘04)
  • Lo Còr de la Plana – FRANCE (’09)
  • Aurelia Martinez – HONDURAS (’06)
  • Rahim Al Haj String Quartet – IRAQ (’05)
  • Rhythm in Shoes with Dallas Chief Eagle – AMERICA (’09)
  • Simon Shaheen – PALESTINIAN-AMERICAN (’08 & ’11)
  • Jean Paul Samputu and Ingeli - RWANDA (’07)
  • Son de Madera – VERACRUZ, MEXICO (’09)
  • Luciana Souza and Romero Lubambo – BRAZIL (’04)
  • Vieux Farka Touré – MALI (’07)
  • Wacongo – DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (’10)
  • Cedric Watson and Bijou Creole ('14)
  • Taj Weekes and Adowa ('13)
  • Chen Zimbalista – ISRAEL (’10)