The centrepiece and namesake of Harbourfront Centre's summer schedule, the annual Rhythms Of The World weekend brings together artists from Cuba, Africa, the Netherlands, Portugal, Finland and the Middle East. And while the hotly anticipated gig by rising kora star Ballake Sissoko sadly won't be happening, there's still plenty going on July 20 to 22, all of it free, to make the festival a solid weekend by the water. Here's the best of the World.
La Familia Valera Miranda Jazzed-up Cuban son, Norigen Stage, Friday, 8 pm.
Bayuba Cante Dutch reinterpretations of Afro-Cuban and Yoruban spirituals, Norigen Stage, Friday, 9:30 pm.
Bomba! Edmonton crew mash up Latin rhythms and funk beats, Brigantine Room, Friday, 11 pm.
Doula Sufi devotional poems over stirring Arabic rhythms, Norigen Stage, Saturday, 2 pm.
Ongo Trogodé Fourteen-piece Central African wind orchestra play animal horns, logs and other ethereal instruments, Norigen Stage, Saturday, 8 pm.
Wimme Finnish singer recasts traditional Sami songs from an electro-funk angle, Norigen Stage, Sunday, 3:30 pm.