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

itoggle caption Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Front Row

Yasmine Hamdan: globalFEST 2014

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

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

itoggle caption Ebru Yildiz for NPR

The Wu-Force 2014

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

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

itoggle caption Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Sergio Mendoza y La Orkesta 2014

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

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

itoggle caption Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Noura Mint Seymali 2014

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

Roël Calister and Diamanta von Lieschdeck from Amsterdam's KiT, blending music from Curaçao with house and hip-hop, perform onstage during globalFEST at Webster Hall in New York City on Jan. 12, 2014. Ebru Yildiz for NPR hide caption

itoggle caption Ebru Yildiz for NPR

KiT 2014

Hear the young band from Amsterdam cram Afro-Caribbean carnival music with electronic dance sounds.

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

itoggle caption Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Hassan Hakmoun 2014

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

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

itoggle caption Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Fanfare Ciocarlia 2014

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