Our Top Discoveries From globalFEST 2020 : All Songs Considered The annual festival in New York gathers a dozen bands from around the world to shake up your listening habits.

On this edition of All Songs Considered you'll hear extraordinary music from South Korea's Ak Dan Gwang Chil, the sweet voice of Senegalese Cheikh Lō, the husky sounds of Algerian rai music from Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda, wild distorted Kurdish wedding music from the Tufan Derince Trio, powerful vocals from France and the band San Salvador, and La Chica's swooning, arty electronica via France and Venezuela.

Taking us on this musical journey to give context and insight is NPR's Anastasia Tsioulcas, Afropop Worldwide's Banning Eyre and WFMU's Rob Weisburg, host of "Transpacific Sound Paradise." Together, we share our favorite discoveries from globalFEST 2019.
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Clockwise from upper left: La Chica, Ak Dan Gwang Chil, Cheikh Lō, Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda, Tufan Derince Bob Boilen / NPR hide caption

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Want to shake up your music habits and find something out of your usual box? That's just what globalFEST does for me every year. GlobalFEST brings twelve bands from all over the world to New York City's Copacabana for a single night, and it's a thrill ride.

On this edition of All Songs Considered you'll hear extraordinary music from South Korea's Ak Dan Gwang Chil, the sweet voice of Senegalese Cheikh Lō, the husky sounds of Algerian rai music from Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda, wild distorted Kurdish wedding music from the Tufan Derince Trio, powerful vocals from France and the band San Salvador, and La Chica's swooning, arty electronica via France and Venezuela.

Taking us on this musical journey to give context and insight is NPR's Anastasia Tsioulcas, Afropop Worldwide's Banning Eyre and WFMU's Rob Weisburg, host of "Transpacific Sound Paradise." Together, we share our favorite discoveries from globalFEST 2019. -- Bob Boilen


1. Ak Dan Gwang Chil: "Youngjeonggeori" from Ak Dan Gwang Chil

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2. Tufan Derince: "Cida" from Ağir Delilo Halay

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3. Tufan Derince: "Ağir Delilo, Pt. 1 from Ağir Delilo Halay

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4. Cheikh Lô: "Bamba" from Balbalou

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5. Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda: "Gasbah Trinsiti" from El Ndjoum

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6. La Chica: "Drink" from Cambio

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