Banjo master Abigail Washburn, part of an Appalachian-Chinese mash-up called The Wu Force, performs at New York City's Webster Hall as a part of globalFEST on Jan. 12, 2014. Ebru Yildiz for NPR hide caption

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The Wu-Force 2014

Hear a brand-new band merge Appalachian folk and a punk sensibility with traditional Chinese music.

Mauritanian artist Noura Mint Seymali performs at New York City's Webster Hall during globalFEST on Jan. 12, 2014. Ebru Yildiz for NPR hide caption

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Noura Mint Seymali 2014

With her smoky-rich voice, this Mauritanian griot artist tips toward reggae, flamenco and rock.

Vocalists Shourov Bhattacharya and Parvyn Singh from The Bombay Royale, performing live Sunday during globalFEST at Webster Hall in New York City. Ebru Yildiz for NPR hide caption

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The Bombay Royale 2014

Meet a band that crams vintage Bollywood, 1960s surf and blazing brass into a giddy new sound.

Members of Romania's Fanfare Ciocarlia perform a blazing set during globalFEST at New York City's Webster Hall on Jan. 12, 2014. Ebru Yildiz for NPR hide caption

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Fanfare Ciocarlia 2014

Hear Romania's mighty, oversized brass band provide supercharged fuel for a live crowd.

Congolese-Belgian artist Baloji started his globalFEST set at New York City's Webster Hall on Jan. 12, 2014 in high fashion — but by the end, he was working hard in rolled-up shirtsleeves. Ebru Yildiz for NPR hide caption

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Baloji: globalFEST 2014

A Congolese-Belgian hip-hop artist pairs lilting African soukous with the swagger of American soul.

The Ukrainian "punk-folk" band DakhaBrakha brought its singular style to globalFEST at Webster Hall in New York City on Jan. 12, 2014. Ebru Yildiz for NPR hide caption

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DakhaBrakha: globalFEST 2014

The group mixes punk-pop and traditional Ukrainian songs in cool yet beguiling textures.

Mexican vocalist Salvador Duran's rich baritone was at the front and center of Sergio Mendoza y la Orkesta at New York City's Webster Hall during globalFEST on January 12, 2014. Ebru Yildiz for NPR hide caption

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Sergio Mendoza y La Orkesta 2014

Hear a band from Arizona splice together mambo (by way of Mexico) with psychedelic cumbia.

Moroccan gnawa singer and instrumentalist Hassan Hakmoun, performing live at globalFEST at New York City's Webster Hall on January 12, 2014. Ebru Yildiz for NPR hide caption

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Hassan Hakmoun 2014

Hear a gifted Moroccan musician as he joyfully merges African polyrhythms and soulful singing.

Playing a single-stringed guitar, the Jamaican artist Brushy One String held court in the intimate Studio space at New York City's Webster Hall during globalFEST on Jan. 12, 2014. Ebru Yildiz for NPR hide caption

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Brushy One String 2014

A guitarist takes his single-stringed instrument from rural Jamaica to his New York debut.

Lebanese singer Yasmine Hamdan brought her cool, underground electro-pop to globalFEST at Webster Hall in New York City on Jan. 12, 2014. Ebru Yildiz for NPR hide caption

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Yasmine Hamdan: globalFEST 2014

Hear a beguiling singer from Lebanon wed French indie-pop with the Beirut underground.