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Sample Track 1:
"Kadja Boswa" from Creole Choir of Cuba
Sample Track 2:
"Peze Cafe" from Creole Choir of Cuba
Sample Track 3:
"Ruperta (Zeb Remix)" from Novalima
Sample Track 4:
"Se Me Van" from Novalima
Sample Track 5:
"Cantoda Sereia" from Orquestra Contemporanea de Olinda
Sample Track 6:
"Ladeira" from Orquestra Contemporanea de Olinda
Sample Track 7:
"Barissaxaya" from Yoro
Sample Track 8:
"Kan Lay Wolu" from Yoro
Sample Track 9:
"Chamber Music" from Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Ségal
Sample Track 10:
"Ma Ma FC" from Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Ségal
Sample Track 11:
"Aia I ‘Ola‘a Ku‘u Aloha" from Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole
Sample Track 12:
"Hili Song" from Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole
Sample Track 13:
"Gorbandh - Song of Camel Decoration" from Rhythm of Rajasthan
Sample Track 14:
"Khaartaal - Sindhi Sarangi and Dholak" from Rhythm of Rajasthan
Sample Track 15:
"Chaal Baby" from Red Baraat
Sample Track 16:
"Punjabi Wedding Song (Balle Balle)" from Red Baraat
Sample Track 17:
"An' Amour" from Diblo Dibala
Sample Track 18:
"Laissez Passer" from Diblo Dibala
Sample Track 19:
"Funky Boogaloo" from La-33
Sample Track 20:
"Roxanne" from La-33
Sample Track 21:
"Ten Cuidado" from La-33
Sample Track 22:
"La Luna" from Pedro Martinez Project
Sample Track 23:
"Que Palo" from Pedro Martinez Project
Sample Track 24:
"Ibo Lele (Dreams Come True)" from RAM
Sample Track 25:
"Min Hubbi Fiik Ya Gaari" from Zikrayat
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globalFEST 2011, Webster Hall (NYC) Unexpected Trends, Emerging Hybrids, and Edgy Roots:
globalFEST Returns to NYC with 13 Artists on Three Stages, January 9, 2011


We regret to announce that due to delays caused by the enhanced security clearance processing required for Cuban artists, the Creole Choir of Cuba will be unable to participate in their two much-anticipated concerts in Philadelphia and New York.

While this is a temporary setback for American audiences to experience this Cuban cultural treasure of Haitian descent, we look forward to sharing the Choir's passion, joy and life-affirming spirit later in 2011."
– John Simpson and Jon Lee, producers 

globalFEST 2011 Lineup:

     -Aurelio and Garifuna Soul (replaced Creole Choir of Cuba)
     -Chamber Music: Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Ségal 
     -Creole Choir of Cuba (Canceled)
     -Diblo Dibala
     -Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole (NY solo debut)
     -Orquestra Contemporânea de Olinda
     -Pedrito Martinez Group
     -Red Baraat
     -Rhythm of Rajasthan
     -Yoro Ndiaye (U.S. debut)

Unexpected trends are the new cutting edge: the hard-hitting Afro-Cuban percussionist quietly attracting rock icons to his shows; the expressive young vocalist invoking ancient sacred traditions with surprising immediacy; the cultural communities rich with unheralded, powerful sounds.

globalFEST (, the preeminent springboard for global music in North America, has been exploring and presenting a deeply rooted, sonically diverse world to influential  North American arts professionals and avid music fans for eight years. Keen to find global performers—both veterans and newcomers—perfectly poised for wider notoriety, globalFEST throws one of the year’s best international music parties while expanding the horizons of musicians and audiences alike.

This year’s globalFEST comes to New York City’s Webster Hall (125 E. 11th St.) on January 9, 2011 at 7pm. The one-night festival includes two U.S. debuts and one New York debut. Tickets are $35 if purchased by November 30, $40 thereafter, including at the door. ($35 for members of World Music Institute) ( or by phone through World Music Institute box office: 212-545-7536).

Though globalFEST often highlights hip and vibrant hybrids emerging from music hotspots—represented this year by Novalima’s Afro-Peruvian electronica, RAM’s interweaving of Haitian vodou spiritual song with rock sensibilities, and Red Baraat’s funky brass band-does-Bollywood extravaganza—this year, organizers Isabel Soffer of World Music Institute, Bill Bragin of Acidophilus: Live and Active Cultures, and Shanta Thake of Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, noticed something new in the air: a passion for tradition.

“I recently met a presenter who specializes in experimental music,” recounts Bragin. “And even he was more and more interested in traditional music. He said that he was finding a freshness in tradition that felt less homogenized than many of the so-called musical ‘experiments’ he encountered. We’ve seen a similar response to previous globalFEST performers who represented lesser-known musical traditions from global ethnic minorities.”

This freshness pops out of performances by the Creole Choir of Cuba (who have toured previously in the U.S. as Desandann), who for generations have passed down songs in Cuba’s Haitian community with roots going back to the turn of the 19th century. Or in the stunning songs of youthful native Hawaiian artist Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole (NY solo debut), whose family has carefully tended the spiritual and sonic heritage of the islands for more than a century.

Many interpreters of deep and edgy roots have gained the respect of audiences and aficionados, yet still managed to fly below the radar. Pedrito Martinez, the Thelonious Monk International Jazz competition-winning percussionist and former Yerba Buena member, has been quietly playing a Manhattan restaurant gig three times a week. It’s attracted the likes of Eric Clapton and Roger Waters, while honing his Pedrito Martinez Group’s telepathic communication with music that ranges from traditional batá-rumba to Cuban jazz, son and timba.

Though hot on the salsa scene thanks to clever originals and quirky covers like the “Pantera Mambo” (based on Mancini’s Pink Panther Theme), Colombia’s La-33 made their first limited U.S. tour this past summer, selling out Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing in the process.

Senegal’s Yoro Ndiaye, making his U.S. debut, finds the more introspective sweet spot of dance-oriented mbalax, the glittering Afropop style made famous by Youssou N’dour, enjoying a renewed, ballad-driven popularity in Dakar. And guitar master Diblo Dibala, the eminence gris of Congolese soukous, will reveal why he earned the nickname “Machine Gun,” as his band and dancers offer a fast-paced invitation to boogie.

Other groups reframe tradition in striking ways, including Rhythm of Rajasthan, which takes the diverse music and dance from the birthplace of Gypsy culture (Rajasthan) and transforms it into an engaging and energetic burst on stage. Making their first U.S. appearance, Chamber Music (U.S. debut) entwines the cello of Bumcello’s Vincent Ségal and the masterful kora of Ballaké Sissoko (who has previously collaborated with Toumani Diabate and Taj Mahal), into an elegant, organic dialogue of string virtuosi.

In only their second trip to the U.S., Orquestra Contemporânea de Olinda includes an all-star collaboration from Northeast Brazil’s red-hot mangue beat scene and offers a dialogue of a different sort, between the brassy horns of Pernambuco’s carnival frevo music and funk and rock. Zikrayat offers a glimpse of the musicianship and glamour of midcentury Egyptian cinema (as well as folk and classical Arabic music from around the Middle East), turning forgotten film gems into a passionate acoustic performance and riveting movement.

“Because globalFEST’s primary mission is to present cutting edge music to presenters in town for the annual Arts Presenters conference whose performance spaces range from cabarets and clubs to major performing arts centers and outdoor festivals, we program globalFEST to fit this range of venues, while creating a great experience for the general public too” explains Soffer. “That’s why Webster Hall is an ideal place to see these musicians,” adds Thake. “Its three diverse stages allow audiences to experience artists in spaces best suited to their sound and energy.”

And that’s also why globalFEST, along with launching dozens of careers, has become the most influential world music showcase festival in North America, year after year, as well as an engine for cultural change and international connections.

“Global citizenry is a priority for France, and we continue to support globalFEST even in lean times, in hopes of sharing the multicultural musical heritages of francophone artists and beyond," says Emmanuel Morlet, Director of the Music Office at the French Embassy, the festival’s founding sponsor. “From increasing understanding to the real economic role the festival plays for emerging performers, now more than ever globalFEST plays a great role in connecting people across political boundaries.”

Please note that Turkish performer Mustafa Özarslan will not be appearing at this year’s festival.

globalFEST, Inc. is a not-for-profit production presented in association with World Music Institute, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, Acidophilus: Live & Active Cultures and The Bowery Presents. Support for all eight editions has been provided by The Cultural Services of the French Embassy with additional support from the French Music Export Office, recognizing France’s pre-eminent role as a hotbed of global music activity. The globalFEST media sponsors are WNYC Radio and Artist visa services are provided courtesy of Tamizdat. Publicity services are provided by rock paper scissors, inc.

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