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Chicago’s Dr. Rahul Sharma Celebrates 20 years with Band, Funkadesi

To celebrate its 20th year, the world music band Funkadesi is embarking on a project to spotlight its two decades of performance, education, and bringing communities together through music.


Rahul Sharma, a founding member of the band, is also an instructor Argosy University, Chicago. Along with bandmate Ernest Dawkins, he helped to create a new work designed to engage up to 1,000 young musicians in an exploration of the rich musical heritage of Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. Dawkins and Sharma composed a new piece that examines and celebrates Englewood’s dynamic history. They’ll work with groups of musicians at all levels of experience to produce a culminating performance of the piece in 2017.


Funkadesi combines East Indian music with reggae, funk, and a variety of Afro-Caribbean music, creating what the band has dubbed the “Indo-Afro-Caribbean connection.” This connection appeals to a broad cross-section of fans.


In addition, Dr. Sharma was recently awarded a 2017 Joyce Award, presented to five collaborations between artists of color and cultural organizations. Read more about the awards here:



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