By E. Joyce Glasgow
Twelve world music groups will take to three stages at the Copacabana in New York City, on January 6th, 2019, for the annual globalFEST, showcasing and celebrating the variety, diversity, excitement and joy of musical performances from around the globe.
Many of the groups chosen this year sound exciting. I am especially interested in hearing the following acts.
Classically trained tenor vocalist, Jeremy Dutcher, reinvents traditional songs of his indigenous people, the Wolastoqiyik, of New Brunswick, Eastern Canada, with drama, passion and power.
Debashashish Battacharya plays the Hindustani slide guitar inspired by Hawaiian lap steel guitar, which was popularized in India in the 1940's by Hawaiian master lap steel guitarist, teacher and instrument maker, Tau Moe,
Ukrainian women's ensemble, Dakh Daughters are very theatrical, intense and performance art oriented in their songs, utilizing makeup. costumes and props in a cabaret style performance that feels chamber like, including string instruments; cello, violin and two double basses.
Magos Herrera and Brooklyn Rider. Herrera is a fiery, powerful, hypnotic and sensual Mexican vocalist and songwriter, accompanied by the passionate, adventurous string quartet, Brooklyn Rider and percussion.
This year's offerings include:
Amythyst Kiah (Tennessee/USA): "Southern gothic, alt-country blues"-globalFEST
B.C.U.C. - Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness (South Africa): "Defiant and hypnotic Soweto sounds"- globalFEST
CHA WA (New Orleans/USA): "New Orleans brass driving Mardi Gras Indian funk "-globalFEST
Debashish Bhattacharya (India):"Calcutta’s innovative slide guitar master "-globalFEST
Jeremy Dutcher (Tobique/Canada): "Reinvented indigenous Wolastoqiyik songs"- globalFEST
Magos Herrera & Brooklyn Rider (Mexico/USA): "Innovative string quartet and lush vocals"- globalFEST
Orquesta Akokán (Cuba/USA): "Powerhouse Cuban son supergroup"-globalFEST
47SOUL (Palestine/United Kingdom): "Electro dabke from the Palestinian diaspora"-globalFEST
Combo Chimbita (Colombia/USA): "Psychedelic cumbia-inflected tropical futurism"-globalFEST
Dakh Daughters (Ukraine): "Kyiv’s underground punk cabaret"- globalFEST
Gato Preto (Mozambique/Ghana/Senegal/Germany): "Afrofuturist global bass"- globalFEST
Zouk Machine (Guadeloupe/France): "The grande dame of French-Antillean zouk"-globalFEST
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