Tanya Tagaq taught herself Inuit throat singing to cure herself of homesickness, and has since developed it into a unique art.
Tanya Tagaq taught herself Inuit throat singing to cure herself of homesickness, and has since developed it into a unique art. Jon Vachon
In the wake of Sept. 11, 2001, a group of East Coast concert promoters created an international music festival to offset what they describe as xenophobic backlash. Now in its sixth year, globalFEST has become an annual showcase for border-crossing musical acts. NPR Music and WNYC presented a live webcast of globalFest 2009 from Webster Hall in New York City, on Sunday, Jan. 11.
Twelve international acts appeared on three different stages, representing an assortment of musical styles from around the globe. Headlining are musicians who've become international icons abroad but remain obscure in the U.S., including Bollywood pop star Kailash Kher and Caribbean grand dame Calypso Rose.
Elsewhere, the bill includes new takes on traditions from Southern Iran (Shanbehzadeh), Northern Canada (Tanya Tagaq), France (L&O), Catalonian Spain (La Troba Kung-Fu), the Mediterranean writ large (Watcha Clan) and Brazil (Marcio Local). A number of U.S.-based outfits also journey to Manhattan, representing styles as diverse as instrumental West African jazz (Occidental Brothers Dance Band International), Sufi devotional music (Brooklyn Qawwali Party), New Orleans brass-band music (Hot 8 Brass Band) and Peruvian psychedelic surf-rock (Chicha Libre).
WNYC's David Garland and Rob Weisberg and NPR contributor Banning Eyre will host the action from three different stages. More information, including the full schedule, is available at wnyc.org:
Link: WNYC globalFEST 2009 Page