GlobalFEST: A World Music Showcase

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For the past six years, New York City has been host to the brief but intense annual world music festival known as GlobalFEST. This year, All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen attended the one-night event, featuring a dozen bands on three different stages. It was a stunning mix of music: an electronica band from Marsailles, a Qawwali band from Brooklyn, an Inuit throat singer raised near the magnetic North Pole, a bagpiper from Iran, and much more. On this edition of All Songs Considered Bob Boilen looks back at highlights from the festival with Banning Eyre, host of Afropop, and Rob Weisberg, host of a weekly world music show on WFMU in New Jersey called Trans Pacific Sound Paradise.

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GlobalFEST: A World Music Showcase

Shanbehzadeh Ensemble

Shanbehzadeh Ensemble

  • Artist: Shanbehzadeh Ensemble
  • Album: Live at GlobalFEST 2009
  • Song: Chardastmal

Songs featured on this episode of All Songs Considered were recorded live at GlobalFEST and are not available on any CDs or albums.

 
Brooklyn Qawwali Party

Brooklyn Qawwali Party

  • Artist: Brooklyn Qawwali Party
  • Album: Live at GlobalFEST 2009
  • Song: Mustt Mustt
 
Tanya Tagaq

Tanya Tagaq

  • Artist: Tanya Tagaq
  • Album: Live At GlobalFEST 2009
  • Song: Medley
 
chiche libre

Chicha Libre

  • Artist: Chiche Libre
  • Album: Live At GlobalFEST 2009
  • Song: El Borrachito
 
cover for La Troba Kung-Fu

La Troba Kung-Fú

  • Artist: La Troba Kung-Fú
  • Album: Live At GlobalFEST 2009
  • Song: Sense Nom
 
Kailash Kher's Kailasa

Kailash Kher's Kailasa

  • Artist: Kailash Kher's Kailasa
  • Album: Live At GlobalFEST 2009
  • Song: Jobann Chhalke
 
Occidental Brothers

Occidental Brothers Dance Band International

  • Artist: Occidental Brothers Dance Band International
  • Album: Live At GlobalFEST 2009
  • Song: Fowa Koa Mamm
 
Watcha Clan

Watcha Clan

  • Artist: Watcha Clan
  • Album: Live At GlobalFEST 2009
  • Song: Goumari
 

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