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NYC Celebrates globalFEST's 10th Anniversary Today

Founded by some of the United States' most informed and engaged global music presenters, globalFEST celebrates its 10th year today, January 13, 2013 at NYC's Webster Hall with a dozen vibrant acts from across the world and the sonic spectrum. Scroll down to read about each artist.

2013 globalFEST Lineup

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. VIDEO

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. VIDEO

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. VIDEO

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). VIDEO

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. VIDEO

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. VIDEO

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. VIDEO


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