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globalFEST
10:10 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Christine Salem: globalFEST 2013

Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 12:25 pm

  • Christine Salem Live From Webster Hall (full concert audio)

As the globalFEST evening wound down, much of the buzz about the biggest finds of the year centered on a seemingly unlikely figure: the vocalist Christine Salem, who made her New York City debut in this performance. Often, it's the artists who make 21st-century, Internet-ready musical hybrids that become the most talked-about GlobalFEST artists, but Salem presents the exact opposite model.

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globalFEST
10:10 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Lo'Jo: globalFEST 2013

Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 9:54 am

The French group Lo'Jo is something of a throwback: For 30 years, it's made world music best described as "worldbeat," a melange of a little of this (French chanson) and a little of that (dollops of North and West African colors and textures) within a musical community that tends to prize strongly rooted tradition. With Denis Péan's gravelly vocals complemented by the Berber singing sisters Yamina and Nadia Nid El Mourid, the band circumnavigates the globe — often within the confines of a single song.

Set List

  • "Magnetik"
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globalFEST
10:09 am
Wed January 16, 2013

La Shica: globalFEST 2013

Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 2:02 pm

Do you think flamenco can only be danced by someone wearing a frilly, fire-engine-red dress? Elsa Rovayo, frontwoman of Madrid's La Shica ("The Girl"), begs to differ. She performed at New York City's globalFEST in stretch leggings and a studded jacket, singing and dancing to her signature blend of flamenco and indie rock in a combination of original compositions and traditional flamenco tunes.

Set List

  • "Limosna De Amores"
  • "Sevillanas De Lebrina"
  • "Muveres"
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globalFEST
10:09 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Oliver Mtukudzi And The Black Spirits: globalFEST 2013

Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 10:23 am

  • Oliver Mtukudzi Live From Webster Hall (full concert audio)

GlobalFEST is a great place to discover young new talent, but occasionally the producers welcome familiar friends to their party. This year, it was Zimbabwe's Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi, who has been an African musical icon since the late 1970s and brought that sense of homecoming to GlobalFEST with his band The Black Spirits. With his sweet acoustic guitar and husky voice, Mtukudzi gave a lilting and gorgeous performance that evoked traditional Zimbabwean sounds like those of an mbira thumb piano, but filtered them through an accessible, guitar-centered aesthetic.

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A Blog Supreme
4:36 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Winter Jazzfest 2013: Sounds Of Surprise When You're Already Expecting Everything

John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 10:04 am

The Winter Jazzfest turned nine this year, and it's matured into a known quantity, a New York cultural landmark. Its variety of routines have worn in enough to develop some comforting predictability. For such a scrappy, low-to-the-ground happening designed around emerging artists and new repertoires, that's an achievement.

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