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globalFEST 2020 lineup and tickets

The 17th annual globalFEST has everything from Korean shamanic funk to Hungarian folk punk to French pop to Afrofuturistic Bahian soul and beyond.

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Combo Chimbita sign to ANTI-, share “Testigo,” touring w/ Parquet Courts

Brooklyn's Combo Chimbita have signed to ANTI- and will release their new album on the label in 2019. The band rose up through the scene at Brooklyn club Barbes and practice what they call Tropical Futurism -- ”the idea that ancestral knowledge can represent a magical and substantial future outside the boundaries of white, Western ideals” -- inspired by Sun Ra Arkestra, psych rock, and more.

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Jeremy Dutcher
Jeremy Dutcher

globalFEST 2019: lineup and tickets (Jeremy Dutcher, Combo Chimbita, Zouk Machine & more)

globalFEST, NYC's multi-stage one day festival with musical acts from around the world, will hold its 2019 edition at The Copacabana Times Square on January 6.

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globalFEST 2018 lineup & tickets

With its usual home of Webster Hall currently closed under renovation, the annual multistage globalFEST is moving to Times Square for its 2018 edition, happening January 14 at BB King Blues Club & The Liberty Theater. Across three stages, this year's lineup brings talent from all over the world...

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Betsayda Y La Parranda el Clavo at Webster Hall for globalFEST
Photo by Sachyn Mital

globalFEST 2017 in pics

globalFEST took over the three rooms of Webster Hall for yet another year and filled the venue with five hours of powerful music and joyful dancing...

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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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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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Antibalas played Daptone Super Soul Revue, touring with Zap Mama in 2015 (dates)

Antibalas played the night's most exploratory set. Its Afrobeat has been infused with New York City propulsion and diversity. It ratchets up Fela's deliberate pace and sometimes exults in the dissonance of its churning, brawling funk...

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globalFEST 2015 lineup and tickets

The annual NYC world music festival globalFEST returns in 2015 to Webster Hall on January 11. This year's performers -- many of whom are making their US or NYC debuts -- include (descriptions via press release):Bixiga70 (US debut; Brazil): Brazil's brassy Afrobeat orchestra

Emel Mathlouthi (Tunisia/France/US): Electro-inspired voice of Tunisia's Arab Spring

Emil Zrihan (Morocco/Israel): Soaring Moroccan improvisations and Jewish songs

The Jones Family Singers (US): Hard-driving Gospel funk from Texas

Just a Band (Kenya): Nairobi's Super-Nerdy Electronic Music & Art Collective

Kahulanui (US): Hawaii's kings of swing

Kevin Johansen + The Nada (Argentina): De-genre-ate Sub-tropicalia from Argentina

The Nile Project (US debut; various): Trans-border collaboration across the Nile Basin

Puerto Candelaria (NYC debut; Colombia): Colombia's rebellious cumbia experimentalists

Riyaaz Qawwali (various): Pakistani Sufi Music made in the USA

Sam Lee (NYC debut; UK): Unconventional Songs of the British Isles

Zap Mama (Belgium): Polyphonic a capella Afropop pioneersTickets are on sa...

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Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2014 free show lineup (Americanafest, Jose Gonzalez, Pete Seeger memorial, Roberta Flack & more)

The 2014 season of Lincoln Center's free Out of Doors festival happens over three weeks this summer, from July 20 - August 10 at various outdoor venues in and around Lincoln Center...

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