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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Photos of the festival, from Jon Vachon and WNYC

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GlobalFEST: A World Music Showcase

Shanbehzadeh Ensemble

Shanbehzadeh Ensemble

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

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

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Brooklyn Qawwali Party

Brooklyn Qawwali Party

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

Tanya Tagaq

  • Artist: Tanya Tagaq
  • Song: Medley
  • From: Live At GlobalFEST 2009
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Chicha Libre

  • Artist: Chiche Libre
  • Song: El Borrachito
  • From: Live At GlobalFEST 2009
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La Troba Kung-Fú

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

Kailash Kher's Kailasa

  • Artist: Kailash Kher's Kailasa
  • Song: Jobann Chhalke
  • From: Live At GlobalFEST 2009
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Watcha Clan

Watcha Clan

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