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...
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...
"Though promoters around the country report strong early ticket sales for festivals and summer tours, the recession is causing jitters. This year Coachella, which has the most glamorous reputation of all American festivals, began selling tickets on layaway, and 18 percent of its customers took that option, Mr...