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All Songs Considered
10:47 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Discoveries From globalFEST 2013

Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 2:35 pm

Every January for the past decade a dozen or more bands from around the world have gathered in New York City for globalFEST - one long, frenzied night of live music showcasing the diverse cultures, histories and numerous sonic branches of "World Music." This year's lineup included Zimbabwe legend Oliver Mtukudzi and his band The Black Spirits, Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara, Chicago's wildly exuberant marching band Mucca Pazza, and much, much more.

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globalFEST
10:25 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Martha Redbone Roots Project: globalFEST 2013

Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 2:01 pm

Martha Redbone's music chronicles the crossroads of the American experience. Born in Kentucky and of Cherokee, Choctaw and African-American descent, Redbone combines folk, Appalachian, soul and Native tradition in a group of settings of poetry by William Blake — a startling idea, perhaps, but one that brims with potency and freshness.

Set List

  • "A Poison Tree"
  • "On Another's Sorrow"
  • "Drums"
  • "This Train Is Bound For Glory"
  • "Skin"
  • "Undone In Sorrow"
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globalFEST
10:24 am
Wed January 16, 2013

La Santa Cecilia: NPR Front Row

Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 11:12 am

Based in Los Angeles and fronted by the smoky-voiced Marisol Hernandez, the fast-rising band La Santa Cecilia splices and dices an array of Mexican and South American sounds in its songs, from Mexican norteño and ranchera to Colombian cumbia. Here, its members perform smart originals and covers of U2's "One" and Soft Cell's "Tainted Love" — all with a wry, old-soul knowingness. La Santa Cecilia has already received a Latin Grammy nomination in 2011, but with this GlobalFEST appearance, it's poised to break out to a broader audience.

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globalFEST
10:23 am
Wed January 16, 2013

A Tribe Called Red: globalFEST 2013

Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 2:03 pm

The night ended with bumping beats down at Webster Hall's Studio space with the Ottawa-based Native collective A Tribe Called Red. The group calls its style "pow wow step" — an imaginative and dance-floor-ready blend of beats, aboriginal singing and dancing, and visuals and audio samples that turn "Indian" stereotypes on their heads. But the most memorable moments in the set come when A Tribe Called Red invites a dancer out to perform a traditional hoop dance, twisting and turning hoops into elegant and beautiful figures.

Set List

  • "Wird"
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Monkey See
10:20 am
Wed January 16, 2013

What Music Makes A Distilled Good Mood?

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Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 11:19 am

On October 24, 2011, I had a bad day.

I honestly forget why. It was a Monday; that should be enough.

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