globalFEST 2011. All photography ©Kevin Yatarola (see credits below under Practical information)
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Country and Region United StatesNew York
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival New York, New York, USA
Festival Contact Information

Dmitri Vietze
Rock Paper Scissors, Inc.
P. O. Box 1788, Suite 137
Bloomington, Indiana 47402-1788 USA
Phone: (01) 812-339-1195
Fax: (01) 801-729-4911

Festival Description

GlobalFEST has been the springboard festival for world music artists on the brink of North American national mainstage success, performers known in one community but ready to cross into others, and the marquee stars of tomorrow. globalFEST showcases French Gypsy jazz with breakbeats, cumbia-fied downtempo Argentine club sounds, soul-stirring Afro-Colombian roots, new generation Louisiana fiddling, Africa unplugged, Irish traditional song, Senegalese roots reggae, Central Asian avant rock, Romanian hybrid blues, New York salsa upstarts, and an Algerian songstress all under one roof at New York City’s Webster Hall (125 E. 11th St.).

Festival Dates January 13, 2013
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Festival Events:

Lineup 2013:
  • A Tribe Called Red
    • This crew of DJs and audio-visual artists, joined by live pow wow singers, reimagines pow wow music for Canada’s increasingly urbanized aboriginal youth, reclaiming clichés and transforming them into hot club beats and striking images.
  • Christine Salem (NYC debut)
    • One of the few female voices of Maloya, a traditional music of the island of Réunion, the rebellious Christine Salem is an extraordinary artist with a unique path. Accompanied by a kayanm, a percussion instrument made from sugar cane flower stems and seeds central to Maloya music, she sings in Creole, Malagasy, Comorian, or Swahili, blending music from the Indian Ocean and African rhythms.
  • Fatoumata Diawara
    • With an intense but gentle stage presence and catchy, lilting songs, Diawara is the latest strong female Wassalou voice to emerge from Mali’s diverse, lively music scene.
  • Kayhan Kalhor and Erdal Erzincan
    • Two masters in their own right join forces for virtuosic, riveting improvisations based on the shared melodies of Persian and Turkish classical forms. Kalhor’s evocative kamanche (spike fiddle) sails over the delicate yet vigorous textures of Erzincan’s baglama (long-necked lute).
  • La Santa Cecilia
    • Big, bold, and danceable, this Latin Grammy-nominated L.A.-based band harnesses gutsy vocals and roaring accordion to explore pan-Latin and alt-pop good times.
  • La Shica
    • Flamenco and funk-tinged rock are the perfect pairing in this Madrid quartet’s hands. Serpentine, sultry flamenco vocals and dance meld with electric guitar flourishes for hard-hitting nuevo flamenco.
  • Lo’Jo
    • Polyglot pioneers of border-defying music from elsewhere and everywhere, the French band synthesizes powerful grooves, delightful vocals, Gallic soul, and influences that range from the Saharan nomad blues of the Tuareg to Balkan beats.
  • Martha Redbone Roots Project
    • With a soulful voice and intrepid spirit, Redbone focuses on her Native American and Appalachian roots, drawing on the stirring poems of William Blake and high lonesome sounds to shed new light on old ways.
  • Mucca Pazza
    • A marching band that thinks it’s a rock ‘n roll band, a couple dozen mischievous performers – including high-jumping cheerleaders, anarchic horns, and helmet-amped guitarists – tear through originals inspired by the world’s marching band traditions and perfected in Chicago’s underground.
  • Parno Graszt
    • High-energy Hungarian Gypsy (Roma) merriment, complete with strings, accordion, jugs, spoons, and other ingenious percussion, with joyful dances and scat singing.
  • Stephane Wrembel and His Band
    • Wrembel’s wry, skillful interpretation of the jazz manouche guitar sound, first made famous by Django Reinhardt, has caught the ears of Woody Allen (who used Wrembel’s work in Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Midnight in Paris). His five-piece band summons up the glorious, swinging, bittersweet spirit of Gypsy jazz.
  • and more…


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Slideshow photo credits:
  • In order of appearance — All images globalFEST 2011. All photography ©Kevin Yatarola
    • Chamber Music
    • Diblo Dibala
    • La-33
    • RAM
    • Red Baraat
    • Yoro Ndiaye
  • Webster Hall
    125 East 11th Street
    New York, New York
  • Available online from Ticketmaster, or +1-866-448-7849
  • Note: promoters caution music lovers to buy early—prior globalFEST shows have sold out in advance.


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