January 8, 2009
Anna Christopher, NPR



Webcast Begins at 7:00PM at NPR.org/music and wnyc.org

January 8, 2009; Washington, D.C. – On January 11th, NPR Music and WNYC will present a live webcast of globalFEST 2009, an annual showcase that provides a “sneak peek” at global musicians on the verge of international fame.

NPR Music and WNYC will begin the evening at 6:00PM (ET) with a behind-the-scenes special, followed by a live webcast of the concerts at 7:00PM. The evening will be hosted by WNYC’s David Garland and Rob Weisberg and NPR’s Banning Eyre, who will report from the three stages. Both the pre-show special and concerts will be webcast at www.NPR.org/music and www.wnyc.org/globalfest

Founded to combat the climate of xenophobia and fear that followed 9/11, globalFest promotes musical exchange and celebration across national borders. It has grown into a must-see festival for anyone who wants to be ahead of curve on which global musicians are likely to tour North America in the next few years. This year’s event will feature 12 international artists performing simultaneously on three separate stages:

Brooklyn Qawwali Party
Calypso Rose
Chicha Libre
Hot 8 Brass Band
Kailash Kher's Kailasa
La Troba Kung-fu
Marcio Local
Brothers Dance Band International Shanbehzadeh Ensemble
Tanya Tagaq
Watcha Clan

Beginning on Friday, January 16, full recordings of all of the artists’ performances will be available to listen to as free, on-demand streaming at www.NPR.org/music and www.wnyc.org During the week of January 19, select pieces will air on WNYC’s Evening Music and New Sounds, which can be heard nightly on 93.9FM and at wnyc.org. NPR Music’s weekly show All Songs Considered, which airs on NPR Member stations and is available as a stream and podcast at the site, will also feature the best of globalFEST in an upcoming broadcast.

About NPR Music
NPR Music, marking its one year anniversary, features content from NPR, WNYC and 11 other NPR Member public radio stations, including live performances, studio sessions, first listens to new albums, interviews, reviews and blogs. The site’s continuously expanding sections are dedicated to rock/pop/folk, classical, jazz/blues, world and urban music. NPR Music culls from NPR’s and the stations’ extensive music archives to present thousands of features; more than 240 new features are added to the site every month.

About WNYC Radio
WNYC Radio is New York's premier public radio station, comprising WNYC 93.9 FM and WNYC AM 820. As America's most listened-to public radio stations, reaching more than one million listeners every week, WNYC FM and AM extend New York City's cultural riches to the entire country and air the best national offerings from affiliate networks National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNYC 93.9 FM broadcasts a wide range of daily news, talk, cultural and classical music programming, while WNYC AM 820 maintains a stronger focus on breaking news and international news reporting. For more information, visit www.wnyc.org. WNYC is a media sponsor of globalFEST.