UF School of Music, Center for World Arts Music Ensembles Close Out the 2019 “Free Fridays” Concert Series


The University of Florida’s World Music Ensembles present a “Free Fridays” concert at the Bo Diddley Plaza Friday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m.  The event features student and faculty musicians and dancers from UF’s College of the Arts.

The event also features Maharajah Flamenco Trio in concert with students and faculty artists from UF. Maharajah Flamenco Trio is a world music group of Romanian, American and Cuban-Iranian musicians who perform a unique musical style that blends the flamenco music of Spain and Middle Eastern music with Latin American flair and Australian aboriginal didgeridoo. The Maharajah Flamenco Trio delivers a moving and dynamic expression of flamenco nuevo (new or "modern" flamenco), by blending traditional Spanish rhythms with jazz, classical and world music.

The groups performing include:

  • Sunshine Steelers (steel drum band) - Director Kenneth Broadway
  • Pazeni Sauti Africa Choir - Director Elijah Adongo
  • Jacaré Brazil (Brazilian traditional and popular music), Director Welson Tremura assisted by Kenneth Metzker
  • Agbedidi Africa (West African dance and drum ensemble), Directors Augusto Soledade, Trent Williams and Jason Aryeh
  • Maharajah Flamenco Trio with Silviu Ciulei (flamenco guitar and voice), David Cobb (electric bass), and Ramin Yazdanpanah (cajón, Autralian didgeridoo, dumbek and various percussion)

The Center for World Arts (CWA) at the University of Florida promotes artistic diversity, linking local and global communities through the arts. Through an innovative infrastructure featuring performance, curriculum, media, research and outreach, the center advances interdisciplinary perspectives in the arts. In addition, the CWA provides intercultural academic arts programs open to all UF students, including significant arts practice and performance opportunities for students pursuing degrees in the School of Music and the School of Theatre and Dance. To find out more about the center, visit their website at

“Free Fridays” is presented by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department and funded in part by a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners, in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council. The entire “Free Fridays” 2019 schedule can be viewed at The Bo Diddley Plaza is located at 111 E. University Ave. in downtown Gainesville. For general information, contact Russell Etling, cultural affairs manager, at or 352-393-8532. For more information about this event, please contact David Ballard at or 352-393-8746.