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.

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.

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

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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

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Hassan Hakmoun 2014

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

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.

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.