globalFEST
10:23 am
Wed January 16, 2013

A Tribe Called Red: globalFEST 2013

Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Originally published on Sun January 20, 2013 5:51 pm

  • A Tribe Called Red Live From Webster Hall

The night ended with bumping beats down at Webster Hall's Studio space with the Ottawa-based Native collective A Tribe Called Red. The group calls its style "pow wow step" — an imaginative and dance-floor-ready blend of beats, aboriginal singing and dancing, and visuals and audio samples that turn "Indian" stereotypes on their heads. But the most memorable moments in the set come when A Tribe Called Red invites a dancer out to perform a traditional hoop dance, twisting and turning hoops into elegant and beautiful figures.

Set List

  • "Wird"
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Monkey See
10:20 am
Wed January 16, 2013

What Music Makes A Distilled Good Mood?

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 11:19 am

On October 24, 2011, I had a bad day.

I honestly forget why. It was a Monday; that should be enough.

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globalFEST
10:19 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Kayhan Kalhor & Erdal Erzincan: globalFEST 2013

Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Originally published on Sun January 20, 2013 5:52 pm

  • Kayhan Kalhaor & Erdal Erzincan Live From Webster Hall

The soulful Persian classical virtuoso and composer Kayhan Kalhor has long been interested in creating artistic bridges to other musicians and styles, including in his work with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project and a long-term collaboration with the Indian sitarist Shujaat Khan.

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globalFEST
10:14 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Stephane Wrembel: globalFEST 2013

Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 2:26 pm

  • Stephane Wrembel Live From Webster Hall

Sweet and hot: That's the sound that French-born, Brooklyn-based guitarist Stephane Wrembel brought to his intimate early set in The Studio, globalFEST's smallest space. Wrembel specializes in jazz manouche, or so-called "Gypsy" jazz — and his set with his quartet showed off the sparkling, speedy fingerwork already familiar to fans of Woody Allen, who has used Wrembel's music in his films Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Midnight in Paris.

Set List

  • "Voice From The Desert"
  • "Momentum"
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The Two-Way
10:13 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Reports: French Troops Fighting In Mali, Foreign Hostages Grabbed In Algeria

CIA World Factbook

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 6:32 am

After five days of airstrikes aimed at Islamist rebels, French troops are engaged in their first ground battles with those forces in Mali, according to several news outlets.

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Around the Nation
10:11 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Saying No To The Inauguration

A U.S. Capitol Police officer secures the area surrounding the west front of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 5 as preparations are under way for President Obama's second inauguration.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 2:22 pm

As supporters of President Obama prepare for his toned-down but glammed-up second inauguration over the long weekend of Jan. 19-21, the president's detractors are making other plans.

Across the country, disenchanted Americans are engaging in forms of protest — some public, some private — to signal their displeasure with November's election outcome.

How do they NOT love Obama? Let us count the ways.

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globalFEST
10:10 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Christine Salem: globalFEST 2013

Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 2:23 pm

  • Christine Salem Live From Webster Hall (full concert audio)

As the globalFEST evening wound down, much of the buzz about the biggest finds of the year centered on a seemingly unlikely figure: the vocalist Christine Salem, who made her New York City debut in this performance. Often, it's the artists who make 21st-century, Internet-ready musical hybrids that become the most talked-about GlobalFEST artists, but Salem presents the exact opposite model.

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globalFEST
10:10 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Lo'Jo: globalFEST 2013

Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 2:26 pm

  • Lo' Jo Live From Webster Hall

The French group Lo'Jo is something of a throwback: For 30 years, it's made world music best described as "worldbeat," a melange of a little of this (French chanson) and a little of that (dollops of North and West African colors and textures) within a musical community that tends to prize strongly rooted tradition. With Denis Péan's gravelly vocals complemented by the Berber singing sisters Yamina and Nadia Nid El Mourid, the band circumnavigates the globe — often within the confines of a single song.

Set List

  • "Magnetik"
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globalFEST
10:09 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Oliver Mtukudzi And The Black Spirits: globalFEST 2013

Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Originally published on Sun January 20, 2013 5:50 pm

  • Oliver Mtukudzi Live From Webster Hall (full concert audio)

GlobalFEST is a great place to discover young new talent, but occasionally the producers welcome familiar friends to their party. This year, it was Zimbabwe's Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi, who has been an African musical icon since the late 1970s and brought that sense of homecoming to GlobalFEST with his band The Black Spirits. With his sweet acoustic guitar and husky voice, Mtukudzi gave a lilting and gorgeous performance that evoked traditional Zimbabwean sounds like those of an mbira thumb piano, but filtered them through an accessible, guitar-centered aesthetic.

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globalFEST
10:09 am
Wed January 16, 2013

La Shica: globalFEST 2013

Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Originally published on Sun January 20, 2013 5:47 pm

  • La Shica Live From Webster Hall

Do you think flamenco can only be danced by someone wearing a frilly, fire-engine-red dress? Elsa Rovayo, frontwoman of Madrid's La Shica ("The Girl"), begs to differ. She performed at New York City's globalFEST in stretch leggings and a studded jacket, singing and dancing to her signature blend of flamenco and indie rock in a combination of original compositions and traditional flamenco tunes.

Set List

  • "Limosna De Amores"
  • "Sevillanas De Lebrina"
  • "Muveres"
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