This free Millennium Park concert inaugurates a new Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs’ “Music Without Borders” World Music series with a bang by offering encore performances by the two most popular artists of last year’s World Music Festival: Amadou & Mariam and Seu Jorge. Although Mali natives Amandou & Mariam have been performing a unique blend of traditional West African music, Afropop, Middle Eastern music and Delta blues since 198—when they married and formed a music duo after meeting at a school for the blind—it has only been since last year’s American release, “Dimanche à Bamako” (Nonesuch) became a phenomenon and the most popular and celebrated African album since Youssou N’Dour’s “Seven Seconds,” that the “blind couple from Mali” has found a firm footing in the States. The two vocally complement the music they are performing perfectly and the Syrian, French and African musicians in their band bring a wide aural palette to their proceedings. Brazilian singer and actor Seu Jorge is probably best known for his bossa nova covers of David Bowie songs and his role as Knockout Ned in the film “City of God,” but his solo album “Sru” (Wrasse Records) is revealing an artist who is finding his own voice as a singer-songwriter combining South American and North American influences. (Dennis Polkow)
June 29 at Pritzker Pavilion, Michigan between Randolph and Monroe, (312)742-1168. 6:30pm. Free.