Friday, January 3, 2014

Preview- GlobalFEST 2014, January 12th, 2014, Webster Hall, N.Y.C.

globalFest 2014


GlobalFEST 2014, N.Y.C., January 12th, 2014, Webster Hall

by E. Joyce Glasgow,

Each year, since 2003, in mid-January, GlobalFEST introduces twelve international world music acts to New York City audiences in one intense evening, on three stages at Webster Hall.

The eclectic variety of musical styles is perfect for open-minded music lovers, who have a curiosity about traditional music from other cultures, much of which, in this case, hybridized with influences from contemporary popular music forms.

This year’s line up includes:

Congolese Afro rumba rapper, Baloji

 The Bombay Royale (US debut), eleven piece Bollywood/Surfer pop music big band from Melbourne, Australia

 Jamaican singer/one-string guitarist, Brushy One String (NY debut)

Acappella gospel trio, Como Mamas

Ukrainian punk folk group, DahkaBrakah, which looks to be one of the most intriguing groups of the evening
(please see their video, which I have included below)

Fanfare Ciocarlia, Balkan Gypsy brass band, with over twelve members  

Ghanawan tribal trance master, vocalist/bassist, Hassan Hakmoun, from Morocco  

KiT (Kuenta i Tambu), Dutch/Antillean global bass dance beats quartet

Noura Mint Seymali, Mauritanian desert soul vocalist

Sergio Mendoza Y La Orkesta, twelve-piece band from Tucson, Arizona, which blends Mexican mambo with indie-cumbia

The Wu-Force, featuring Abigail Washburn, Kai Welch and Wu Fei (N.Y. debut),  Appalachian-Chinese avant –folk

Yasmine Hamdan, Lebanese vocalist, performing post-modern Parisian pop via Beirut underground

DakhaBrakha (Ukraine)

Subversive Ukrainian punk-folk

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