globalFEST
10:57 am
Wed January 16, 2013

The Stooges Brass Band: globalFEST 2013

Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 9:03 pm

  • The Stooges Brass Band Live From Webster Hall (full concert audio)

Though it's the year's premier "world music" event, GlobalFEST embraces many homegrown sounds — and the 2013 roster was full of North American artists. A case in point: The Stooges Brass Band, a New Orleans brass band for the 21st century. It's got that unmistakeable sound of its hometown, but hip-hop, funk, R&B and soul are all in the group's DNA.

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The Two-Way
10:55 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Obama On Gun Violence: Americans Must Stand Up And Say 'Enough'

President Obama at the White House today, with Vice President Biden in the background.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 2:09 pm

At a White House event with children who wrote him letters after the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., President Obama today said the nation cannot wait any longer to do what can be done to reduce gun violence.

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All Songs Considered
10:47 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Discoveries From globalFEST 2013

Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 2:35 pm

Every January for the past decade a dozen or more bands from around the world have gathered in New York City for globalFEST - one long, frenzied night of live music showcasing the diverse cultures, histories and numerous sonic branches of "World Music." This year's lineup included Zimbabwe legend Oliver Mtukudzi and his band The Black Spirits, Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara, Chicago's wildly exuberant marching band Mucca Pazza, and much, much more.

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globalFEST
10:25 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Martha Redbone Roots Project: globalFEST 2013

Ebru Yildiz for NPR

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

  • Martha Redbone Live From Webster Hall

Martha Redbone's music chronicles the crossroads of the American experience. Born in Kentucky and of Cherokee, Choctaw and African-American descent, Redbone combines folk, Appalachian, soul and Native tradition in a group of settings of poetry by William Blake — a startling idea, perhaps, but one that brims with potency and freshness.

Set List

  • "A Poison Tree"
  • "On Another's Sorrow"
  • "Drums"
  • "This Train Is Bound For Glory"
  • "Skin"
  • "Undone In Sorrow"
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globalFEST
10:24 am
Wed January 16, 2013

La Santa Cecilia: globalFEST 2013

Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Originally published on Sat March 16, 2013 7:36 pm

Based in Los Angeles and fronted by the smoky-voiced Marisol Hernandez, the fast-rising band La Santa Cecilia splices and dices an array of Mexican and South American sounds in its songs, from Mexican norteño and ranchera to Colombian cumbia. Here, its members perform smart originals and covers of U2's "One" and Soft Cell's "Tainted Love" — all with a wry, old-soul knowingness. La Santa Cecilia has already received a Latin Grammy nomination in 2011, but with this GlobalFEST appearance, it's poised to break out to a broader audience.

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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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