Entries tagged with: Globalfest
by Andrew Sacher
"The first half of us made it to NYC. Waiting for the rest!!! Loving the weather ;-)" - KiT
There are plenty of bands that have tried to do the "traditional music remixed with electronica" thing and truthfully, many of them kind of suck. But KiT pulls it off extremely well, with a zero-cheese approach and an electronic sound that manages to be organic, raw and heavy all at once. The band's most recent single is "Jackhammer," featuring a bubbling beat with Dutch house synths, baile funk-influenced drum fills and dancehall vocals, and it could easily become the global bass hit of the summer. [MTV Iggy]KiT (aka Kuenta i Tambú) hail from Curaçao and the mix the traditional Caribbean music style Tambu with modern day electronic styles resulting in what they call "tambutronic." Their recent single "Jackhammer" does this in a super fun way, and like the review quoted above opines, does so "with a zero-cheese approach." Watch its video below.
KiT are in NYC this week to play globalFEST at Webster Hall on Sunday (1/12) with a ton of different performers from around the world (sold out), but you can catch part of the group much sooner than that. They'll DJ with live vocals in Brooklyn at Baby's All Right TONIGHT (1/9) with Cookies and Tropic of Pisces. Show starts at 9 and they go on around midnight.
UPDATE: Check out a picture from the Baby's All Right show!
Abigail Washburn in Central Park in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
NYC's annual world music festival globalFEST (not to be confused with Central Park's Global Citizen Festival) returns in 2014 at Webster Hall on January 12. Performers include (descriptions via globalFEST's site):
* Afropolitan rumba rapper Baloji (Congo/Belgium)Some of these artists will be making their NY debuts at this show, and though The Wu-Force (Abigail Washburn, Kai Welch, and Wu Fei) is one of those artists, it's certainly not the first time in NY for Abigail Washburn, who has played NYC multiple times, once with Kai Welch. For this new trio, Abigail & co. make what they're calling "Kungfu-Appalachian-Indie-Folk-Rock." You can stream some demos for the new band below.
* Technicolor Bollywood big-band pop band The Bombay Royale (India/Australia)
* Infectious Jamaican single-string guitarist Brushy One String (Jamaica)
* Soulful A cappella gospel trio Como Mamas (Mississippi)
* Subversive Ukrainian punk-folk band DakhaBrakha (Ukraine)
* Blazing Gypsy brass legends Fanfare Ciocarlia (Romania)
* North African Gnawa trance master Hassan Hakmoun (Morocco/NY)
* Dutch-Antillean global bass dance beats group KiT (Kuenta i Tambu) (Curacao/Netherlands)
* Mauritanian Desert soul singer Noura Mint Seymali (Mauritania)
* Mambo mexicano and indie cumbia group Sergio Mendoza Y La Orkesta (Arizona)
* Appalachian-Chinese avant-folk group The Wu-Force (feat. Abigail Washburn, Kai Welch, and Wu Fei)
* Post modern Parisian pop via Beirut underground artist Yasmine Hamdan (Beirut/Paris)
Tickets to globalFEST 2014 go on sale today (11/1) at noon.
Song streams below...
Annual NYC world music festival globalFEST, whose name was recently borrowed for a much bigger one-off event in Central Park, have announced the lineup for their 2013 festival which will go down on all three stages at Webster Hall on January 13. The lineup, now complete, includes A Tribe Called Red (Canada), Christine Salem (Reunion), Fatoumata Diawara (Mali), Kayhan Kalhor and Erdal Erzincan (Iran/Turkey), La Santa Cecilia (Los Angeles, US), La Shica (Spain), Lo'Jo (France), Martha Redbone Roots Project (USA), Mucca Pazza (Chicago, US), Parno Graszt (Hungary), Stephane Wrembel and his Band (New York, US).. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
NY Times reports that the organizers have also added Oliver Mtukudzi, "one of Zimbabwe's leading songwriters who created a signature sound out of several African styles," as a headliner for the event. The Times writes:
A veteran singer who began his career in 1977 in the band Wagon Wheels, Mr. Mtukudzi, 60, blends styles from across southern Africa and beyond without loosing the modal threads of Zimbabwean roots music. He possesses a deep, gutsy voice and writes about the daily struggles of people in his homeland, accompanying himself with hypnotic guitar lines.You can check out an Oliver Mtukudzi video below.
Unlike his old Wagon Wheels bandmate Thomas Mapfumo, Mr. Mtukudzi tends to shy away from direct political commentary about the Mugabe regime. Still, some of his songs have been interpreted as allegorical protests. In "Ndakuvara," some saw the story about an ox hurting a farmer as a condemnation of political violence. And his single "Wasakara,' which means "You're Getting Old," has been seen by many in Zimbabwe as a plea for Robert Mugabe to retire. Bonnie Raitt, who has recorded his songs, has likened his "raw, imploring vocals" to Otis Redding and Toots Hibbert.
"That's y!" says Snoop Dogg...
Did Snoop Dogg talk much politics at his Wellmont Theater show last week? That picture above, no not the cats, is his Tweeted list of reasons for voting for Obama, and for not voting Romney.
Kanye West has much less to say, for now. All his amazing tweets have been deleted except for one new one that says "BE BACK SOON". UPDATE: Now there are also three tweets about Steve Jobs.
Bummed to hear that Big Boi, who recently played Chicago's North Coast Music Fest, replaced Little Dragon with Kelly Rowland on the final version of the song he performed live with Little Dragon in Austin.
Creed frontman Scott Stapp says T.I. saved his life.
Missy Elliot may actually release an album this year.
YouTube is streaming Obama's bff (see above)Jay-Z's eighth Barclays Center show Saturday night.
Speaking of, Jay-Z is in a new marriage equality ad.
Doveman at LPR in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Doveman will continue his Burgundy Stain Sessions at Le Poisson Rouge into 2012 with LPR shows happening on April 13, July 13, October 5, and December 7. No guests have been announced for these shows yet, but as we saw last year, we can count on many interesting musicians to be making appearances at these shows. Tickets for all four dates are on sale now ($20 each or $60 for a four-show pass called "(Le) Billet Rouge")
Meanwhile catch Doveman aka Thomas Bartlet on 2/6 as part of MoMA's Modern Mondays, "a film discussion series at The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2."...
An Evening with Tom Kalin and DovemanMore info and other related MoMA events, like Dan Graham on 1/23, at MoMA's site.
February 6, 7:00 p.m.
For this evening, musician Thomas Bartlett (Doveman) (American, b. 1981) and filmmaker Tom Kalin (American, b. 1962) will discuss their collaboration, which began with a series of short films inspired by Doveman's 2009 album The Conformist and continues with an ongoing project that explores the intersection of recorded and live music, digital composition, and projected film. The pair draw inspiration from themes of broken romance, the truth of small gestures, and transcendentalism in addressing such contemporary issues as displacement and urban isolation. Kalin, a prominent figure in the New Queer Cinema movement, is well known as both a feature filmmaker (Swoon  and Savage Grace ) and as an experimental filmmaker (Third Known Nest, 1991-99). He was a founding member of the AIDS activist collective Gran Fury, known for its provocative public art projects. Doveman is a band founded by the 30-year-old Bartlett, who studied piano with Maria Curcio in London before moving to New York City to attend Columbia University. His ongoing live performances, known as The Burgundy Stain Sessions, occur monthly at Manhattan's Le Poisson Rouge. Organized by Barbara London, Associate Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art.
The Gloaming features indie-pop favorite Thomas Bartlett (a.k.a. Doveman), fiddlers Martin Hayes and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, guitarist Dennis Cahill and singer Iarla Ó Lionaird, whose vocals electrified the collection of pieces by fellow Irishman Donnacha Dennehy which became one of NPR Music's favorite albums of 2011. Bartlett's moody musings at the piano provided a dark undercurrent to Celtic reels and jigs.In related news, Doveman's hard-to-find version of the Footloose soundtrack can now be streamed for free on Spotify.
All future Doveman dates (that we know about right now) are listed below...
globalFEST is returning to Webster Hall on January 8. The fest takes place on three stages and features a large variety of music from around the world. A few of the artists playing will be making their US debut at the show. This year's lineup includes The Gloaming, BélO, Yemen BLues, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, Wang Li, Zaz, Mayra Andrade, M.A.K.U. Sound System, The Silk Road Ensemble, SMOD, Diogo Nogueira, and Debo Band. Descriptions of each band are below. Any recommendations on who not to miss?
Tickets are still on sale. Food will also be available for purchase all night.
globalFEST 2011 hosted some of Bob Boilen's favorite live performances of 2011.
Full 2012 schedule below...
Krallice @ Union Pool in November (more by Lori Baily)
tonight in NYC
* Vijay Iyer @ The Stone
* Globalfest @ Webster Hall
* Findlay Brown & Sophie Madeline @ Pianos
* Daniel Pujol, The Sundelles @ Death By Audio
* Light Asylum, ExitMusic, Voices Voices @ Union Pool
* Kidrockers w/ The So So Glos, The Beets @ Living Room
* The Wailing Wall, Liam The Younger, No Demons Here @ Silent Barn
* Passion Pit, Tragedy: All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees, Brahams @ Terminal 5
* Krallice, Crucifist, Ancient Wound, Humanity Falls @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Agent Orange, Sweet Cyanide, Stolen Parts, Urchins of the Night @ Mercury Lounge
* Melinda Doolittle, Nikki Yanofsky, Chicha Libre, Nellie McKay @ Highline Ballroom
* Tearing the Veil of Maya w/ Eugene Mirman, Gabe Liedman, Kumail Nanjiani, Jon Glaser @ The Bell House
* Philip Glass' Orange Mountain Music presents music of Trevor Gureckis, Joel Harrison, and Mick Rossi @ LPR
* Asylum Street Spankers, The Wiyos, Fishtank Ensemble, Miss Tess & The Bon Ton Parade, Boulder Acoustic Society, Sxip Shirey @ City Winery
Sorry I posted this so late in the day. I'm trying my hardest to stay on the new schedule of posting these first thing in the morning or the night before.
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Members of All and their tour-mates were supposed to play with Agent Organge at Mercury Lounge tonight, but the bill has been updated since the whole All tour was called off.
Passion Pit play their third of three shows at Terminal 5 tonight.
Globalfest is a showcase of bands from all over the world. It happens every year at Webster Hall and returns tonight. Lineup and set times below...
WNYC Radio and NPR Music will present a live webcast of globalFEST on WNYC.org. Hosts David Garland, Banning Eyre, and Rob Weisberg will report from the three stages, providing insights and commentary. Log on early to catch a pre-show behind-the-scenes special at 6:00 p.m. Eastern time.today in NYC
Check out WNYC's website for more info and how to log on:
6th Annual globalFEST at NYC's Webster Hall
12 artists from around the world on three stages to coincide with the annual APAP conference
January 11, 2009
Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm
BALLROOM: Hot 8 Brass Band (7:00-7:45); La Troba Kung Fu (8:05-8:50); Kailash Kher's Kailasa (9:10-9:55); Brooklyn Qawwali Party (10:25-11:10 )
MARLIN ROOM: Shanbehzadeh (7:20-8:10); L&O (8:30-9:20); Marcio Local (9:40-10:10:30); Calypso Rose (10:50-11:40 )
STUDIO: Occidental Brothers (7:10-8:10); Tanya Tagaq (8:30-9:30); Chiche Libre (9:50-10:50); Watcha Clan (11:10-12:10 )
* globalFEST @ Webster Hall
* Bjorkestra @ Cutting Room
* Ronnie Spector @ (le) poisson rouge
* Camper Van Beethoven members @ Pianos
* Vivian Girls & The Bones Royal @ Living Room
* Bettye LaVette & John Hammond @ Blender Theater
* Tony Conrad & Genesis P Orridge @ Issue Project Room
* A Hawk and a Hacksaw & Cooper Moore @ Union Hall
* Skeletonwitch, Cannabis Corpse & Attake @ Public Assembly
* Franz Nicolay, Nathaniel Rateliff & Sxip Shirey @ (le) poisson rouge
* Marshall Crenshaw, Alex Cuba, Jim Bianco & Dengue Fever @ Highline Ballroom
* Tyvek, caUSE CO-MOTION!, The Beets, Kid Romance, Beachniks & Todd Purple @ Glasslands
My Bloody Valentine (the movie) is having an advanced 3-D screening on Thursday, January 15th at 10 PM.
Conan O'Brien is leaving NYC. You can try and get free tickets to his final shows here.
STOMP is selling tickets for $30.
Today is your third and last chance to catch Tyvek (this time around).
Golden Globe Nominees for Best Original Song - Motion Picture
"Down To Earth" - Wall-EFucked Up's new video for "Crooked Head" ("The first-ever official music video from Fucked Up" below...
Music By: Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman
Lyrics By: Peter Gabriel
"Gran Torino" - Gran Torino
Music By: Clint Eastwood, Jamie Cullum, Kyle Eastwood and Michael Stevens
Lyrics By: Jamie Cullum
"I Thought I Lost You" - Bolt
Music & Lyrics By: Miley Cyrus and Jeffrey Steele
"Once In A Lifetime" - Cadillac Records
Music & Lyrics By: Beyoncé Knowles, Amanda Ghost, Scott McFarmon, Ian Dench, James Dring and Jody Street
"The Wrestler" - The Wrestler
Music & Lyrics By: Bruce Springsteen
"Due to illness, Afrobeat legend Femi Kuti has postponed the first leg of his U.S. tour in support of his new album Day By Day. Set to kick off on January 7th in Boston, MA, the tour will now commence on January 14th in Montreal, QC with the scheduled Boston, New York, Washington DC, and Philadelphia shows postponed to a later date. Watch this space for announcements regarding the rescheduling of these east coast shows."That also means he's completely cancelling his appearance at globalFEST which is taking place (with or without him) January 11th at Webster Hall. No new venue or date for his other NYC show yet, but the revised tour schedule is below...
On the eve the release of his first studio album in seven years, Femi Kuti has confirmed a U.S. tour that will see the Afrobeat legend play venues from coast to coast in January 2009.Femi Kuti is headlining Webster Hall in NYC on January 8th. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday at noon (with the Am Ex presale starting 2 days earlier). THEN, just three days later, Femi will be back in NYC to play Webster Hall again, but that time as part of the 13-band bill packaged together as GlobalFEST 2009.
Femi's forthcoming album, Day By Day, is set for release November 18 and will be the first release from the new Downtown Records imprint Mercer Street Records. Femi launched back onto the public stage this fall when he was featured on emerging artist and label mate, Brett Dennen's hit, "Make You Crazy."
Not content to merely follow in the footsteps of his famous father, Fela Kuti, Femi continues to expand his musical palette with his latest studio release, Day By Day, a hybrid of Afro-pop, jazz and urban influences. Femi is world renowned as a gifted songwriter and performer who continues to push the boundaries of Afrobeat rather than resting on his legacy. He has toured America with alt-rock band Jane's Addiction, sang on Rachid Taha's Made In Medina album and reached out to the American hip-hop community connecting with artists such as Mos Def, D'Angelo, Nile Rodgers, Erykah Badu and the Roots.
For the sixth year, this leading showcase for international sounds keeps a foot in the door of cultural exchange, giving dozens of musicians access to the national stage. The event takes place on January 11, 2009 on three stages at the newly remodeled Webster Hall in New York City. With just one ticket, festival-goers can see thirteen acts in one night, representing diverse global styles, from groundbreaking hybrids to little-known traditions, and in three unique settings under the same roof.Tickets for that are already on sale. Any recommendations on that bill? All Femi tour dates below...
Line-up to feature Calypso Rose, Chicha Libre, Femi Kuti & the Positive Force, Hot 8 Brass Band, Kailash Kher's Kailasa, L&O, La Troba Kung-fú, Marcio Local, Occidental Brothers Dance Band International, Shanbehzadeh Ensemble, Tanya Tagaq, and Watcha Clan.
Fifth Annual Festival of Global Music Brings Twelve Artists to NYC Showcase....