Music concert brings unity to Milwaukee

BY Leea Glasheen
MEDIA BY Sara Raasch


Mariana Yegros, vocalist of the band La Yegros from Argentina, believes that music can unite the globe.

“Music is the universal language,” Yegros said. “I play in France and

Germany, and I don’t speak the language, but I see the connection of the people with my music. Music can connect all the world.”

La Yegros, which plays a fusion of electronica and cumbia, was the first of four bands that entertained a crowd of more than a thousand at the ninth annual Global Union music festival on Sept. 13 at Humboldt Park in Bay View.

Though the weather started out cold, the audience was later rewarded with an afternoon of sunshine to accompany the tunes.

La Yegros was followed by Wu-Force, which describes itself as a Chinese-Appalachian-Indie-Folk-Rock-Rock project.  The third band was Calypso Rose with Kobo Town, whose name tips you off that the band focuses on calypso fusion. Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars completed the roster.

The band formed in exile from its country due to political upheaval. The members describe themselves as wild mix of styles that provides their fans around the world with songs of hope, faith and joy.

Event organizer Rory Trainor, managing director of Alverno Presents, the professional and performing art series of Alverno College, said that when choosing bands, “we try to represent as much of the world as we can – not just one particular continent.”

Trainor added that Alverno Presents also strives for high-energy bands that are “working within their traditional music but adding their own contemporary music to that.”

Along with the afternoon of music, Global Union offered booths with community information, focusing on local and global activism, such as Big Brothers and Sisters of America. Long lines are a tell-tale sign of food tents where African, Indian and French cuisines filled the air with tantalizing aromas.

Margit Singh, co-owner of the Bollywood Grill, was fast at work cooking Naan bread in a traditional clay oven lugged to the park just for the event.

“Music has no language,” Singh said. “Music is the only thing that brings everyone together.”




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