If you're in New York on Sunday, Jan. 10, and have any love for world music, get yourself to Webster Hall. You may not know a single band, but that's okay: The folks putting on GlobalFEST do. Last year's GlobalFEST was a huge treat for me, and you can still hear some of those shows on our Web site.
If you're not in New York, I am, and I'll be running from stage to stage — there are three at Webster Hall — to hear as much music as I can. Afropop's Banning Eyre will be there, as will WFMU's Rob Weisberg. On Monday, the three of us will gather in a studio along with recordings from GlobalFEST to talk about what we loved. We'll put that conversation, along with the music, on this week's All Songs Considered Tuesday. (There won't be a show on Monday.) Also, thanks to the folks at GlobalFEST, we'll roll out many of these concerts online at NPR Music.
Last year, I was a kid in a candy store; this year, we're all in for a treat, so spread the word.
[Click below for a list of bands.]
Caravan Palace, French Jazz
Namgar, Siberian rock from Central Asia
La Excelencia, NYC old-school salsa
Cara Dillon, Celtic singer
Nguyen Le's Suyaiki, pan-Asian jazz
Francois Ladrezo, French-Caribbean polyrhythms
Federico Aubele, Argentine bolero and cumbia
Alif Naaba, acoustic West African music
Cedric Watson and Bijou Creole, Zydeco from Louisiana
Nightlosers, Transylvanian gypsy blues
Meta and the Cornerstones, African roots reggae