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globalFEST 2016 is this month — listen to a playlist of this year’s performers
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 Debauche Russian mafia ballads get a New Orleans punk makeover Fendika Masterful dancer Melaku Belay leads Ethiopia's traditional music revival Ginkgoa 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 Somi 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...
Omar Souleyman worked w/ Four Tet & Modeselektor on new LP, touring, playing NYC in May (dates + new song stream)
Omar Souleyman worked w/ Four Tet & Modeselektor on new LP, touring, playing NYC in May (dates + new song stream)
Syrian singer Omar Souleyman will release his new album, Bahdeni Nami, on July 28 via Modeselektor's Monkeytown Records. That's the cover art above and Modeselektor produced some of it, like the nine-minute "Enssa El Aatab" which you can stream below...
Vietnamese rapper Suboi made her SXSW debut, playing BrooklynVegan day party ++ NYC show at Baby’s All Right
Vietnamese rapper Suboi made her SXSW debut, playing BrooklynVegan day party ++ NYC show at Baby’s All Right
Rap was not popular in Vietnam when Suboi was growing up, so anything she heard remotely like it made a big impression. Before Eminem, the energy of Will Smith's song, "Nod Ya Head," from Men in Black II, captivated her when she saw it on TV...

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