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. The most celebratory set of the night felt to me like Betsayda Machado y la Parranda el Clavo's. The group, making their U.S. debut, are the focus of a documentary in-progress connecting the Venezuelan band's music with their African origins. It seemed the mid-tier Marlin Room couldn't be any more packed as the band proceeded onto the stage. They later welcomed several members of the audience onto the stage for some frenzied bouts of dancing.
The Marlin Room was also host to Sudanese-Nubian retro-pop from the Brooklyn-based Alsarah & the Nubatones, as well as Rudresh Mahanthappa's Indo-Pak Coalition which features the saxophonist, Rez Abassi on guitar and Dan Weiss on drums. Some sound issues affected the latter's instruments but that didn't stop them from deftly mixing jazz with South Asian rhythms.
Audio troubles also affected a couple of acts in the downstairs Studio. During Ghanaian soul singer Jojo Abot's set, someone in the audience asked for her vocals to be turned up. The vocal mix during SsingSsing also seemed problematic for a time. Photos can only capture so much of the vibrancy -- give a listen to select songs from many of the acts below (via NPR) and check out photos above.