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Photo by Sachyn Mital
Photo by Sachyn Mital

Merasi Musicians wrapping up U.S. tour this week (pics & video from NYC)

On an abbreviated tour of the East Coast after visa issues resulted in travel delays, a group of Merasi people, (aka Master Musicians of Rajasthan) were still able to include two sold-out shows in New York City in their schedule...

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Jojo Abot
Jojo Abot (photo by Sarah Waiswa)

globalFEST 2017 lineup (Jojo Abot, Maarja Nuut, Rare Essence, Septeto Santiaguero, more)

The lineup includes the Lauryn Hill-approved singer Jojo Abot, Estonian folk singer/violinist Maarja Nuut, DC go-go vets Rare Essence, Indian-classical and jazz fuser Rudresh Mahanthappa, Cuban group Septeto Santiaguero, and more.

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Merasi: Master Musicians of Rajasthan going on rare U.S. tour (2 NYC shows)

Folk Arts Rajasthan, a small New York City based non-profit, works hard to support and promote the culture of the Merasi, a marginalized community residing in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Through extraordinary effort, the organization has brought a small group of Merasi musicians to the United States for a tour of the Northeast.

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photo by Sachyn Mital
photo by Sachyn Mital

Mulatu Astatke played Temple of Dendur (pics), the kickoff to World Music Institute’s 2016/2017 season (lineup)

Check out pics from Mulatu Astatke's set, and peruse the entire World Music Institute 2016/2017 schedule (Bebel Gilberto, Seu Jorge, Mbongwanna Starr/Songhoy Blue & more).

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Live at the Archway

DUMBO’s ‘Live At The Archway’ underway with Ava Luna, Janka Nabay, Tigue, more

For the second year in a row, Dumbo is playing host to the Live At the Archway series, which is "a weekly cabaret below the Manhattan Bridge — with free performances, beer, wine, and a magical, only-in-DUMBO setting"...

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Konono N°1

Konono N°1 releasing new album in April (listen to “Um Nzonzing”)

Legendary Congolese band team up with Portuguese producer Batida for the sixth installment of the "Congotronics" series.

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El Guincho releasing ‘Hiperasia,’ first album in six years (listen)

Chillwave survivor El Guincho is back with a new album, Hiperasia, which is out Friday (2/12) via Nacional Records. It's his first since 2010's Pop Negro and as the very modern production shows, it's very much a now album, though tropical vibes are still represented...

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Malian band Songhoy Blues touring U.S. in April (dates)

Malian band Songhoy Blues will be heading back to North America this spring for a week of shows in the Midwest and Northeast. The band are exceedingly charismatic performers and if they play near you, definitely try and see them...

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globalFEST 2016 is this month — listen to a playlist of this year’s performers

The annual NYC world music festival globalFEST returns to Webster Hall on Sunday, January 17 across all three of the venue's stages. 2016 performers -- a few of whom are making their US or NY debuts -- include (descriptions via press release):Astrid Hadad
Extravagant Mexican cabaret with soulful songs and outrageous visuals

Russian mafia ballads get a New Orleans punk makeover

Masterful dancer Melaku Belay leads Ethiopia's traditional music revival

Vintage Paris chic meets New York cool in swinging electro-beats

Lakou Mizik (NY Debut)
Powerhouse collective invigorating Haitian roots and grooves

Mariana Sadovska
The defiant cry of Ukraine, reinventing traditional songs

Simon Shaheen's Zafir
A reuniting of Arab Andalucian music and fiery flamenco

Stelios Petrakis Quartet
Inimitable virtuosos from Crete weaving melodies across the Greek islands

The Dhol Foundation
UK's leading South Asian bhangra crew

Tribu Baharú (US Debut)
Afro-champeta party from Colombia's Caribbean coast

Lush Afrobeat inspired jazz, soul, and pop

Music Maker Blues Revue
Blues That Made America FamousTickets for globalFEST 2016 are on sale and the schedule/set-times are listed, plus a video preview and a Spotify playlist featuring songs by this year's acts, below...

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tix on sale: Springsteen, Ween, Animal Collective, Mac DeMarco, Duran Duran, Future, Baths, A$AP Ferg & more

Tickets for Ween's three reunion shows at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for Bruce Springsteen's "The River" tour shows at Madison Square Garden and NJ's Prudential Center go on sale today at 10 AM...

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