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Ashland World Music Festival postponed

Editor's note: The Ashland World Music Festival planned for Saturday, Sept. 12, has been postponed until October, organizers have announced. The following story ran in Tempo on Friday, Sept. 11. Check back at mailtribune.com/tempo for updates, or seehttps://www.rogueworldmusic.org/awmf.

The Ashland World Music Festival is going virtual this year to create an online space for artists and music fans to interact amid a global pandemic.

The event is scheduled from 1 to 4:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. It’s free to livestream from the Facebook page @RogueWorldMusic and on the Rogue World Music website and YouTube channel.

Organizer Ana Byers said it is an important year to create platforms for performers because many performances around the world have been canceled.

“We felt like artists could really use more opportunities to perform right now, and people in general could use more moments of uplift and positivity,” Byers said.

Featured artists this year include Americana-style folk band The Nell & Jim Band, Ghanaian musician Okaidja Afroso from Ghana, West Africa, and Son De Cuba, a modern- and classic-style Cuban quartet.

All artists this year also will be at the Ashland World Music Festival in 2021.

Each half-hour performance will include a period of time afterward for real-time questions and answers via social media and email.

This will be the fifth year of the event.

Byers said just listening to music in the background can create positive reactions in the brain, and organizers want this event to be a love letter to anyone who needs it.

“If this can bring joy to anyone, then we want to do that,” Byers said. “This year has been a hard year for pretty much everyone out there.”

Aside from her role as a lead organizer for the Ashland World Music Festival, Byers also is the communications and program manager at Rogue World Music, a local nonprofit that produces educational music programming for adults and school children.

The Ashland World Music Festival is presented by Rogue World Music, the Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission and Whippoorwill Arts. Sponsors include APRC, Whippoorwill Arts, Banjo Boy Coffee, AARP, Evergreen Federal Bank, Ashland Health Insurance and the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace.

For more information, visit rogueworldmusic.org/awmf or email anabyers@rogueworldmusic.org.

Contact Ashland Tidings freelance reporter Caitlin Fowlkes at caitlin.fowlkes@gmail.com.

Son De Cuba, a modern- and classic-style Cuban quartet, is scheduled to perform.{ }Photo by Evrim Icoz Photography