globalFEST returns to New York City this month with their annual festival at Webster Hall. The 12 artist bill this year includes the likes of Ethiopian cultural treasure Fendika (who are affiliated with one of last year’s best music videos), Ugandan-Rwandan rooted singer Somi, Music Maker Blues Revue, Astrid Hadad, The Dhol Foundation, and many more.
Here’s what globalFEST’s press statement says:
For one night, New York’s Webster Hall becomes home to the many faces and offshoots of world music, as globalFEST returns for its 13th edition on Sunday, January 17, 2016. The annual showcase festival gives an instant entry point into the powerfully diverse, wide-ranging world of global music, from the electronic to the edgy, the beloved to the wonderfully unfamiliar.
Fendika, one of the foremost ensembles from Ethiopia, who have reinvigorated the traditional music and dance scene in Addis Ababa, and collaborated with such far-ranging artists as previous globalFEST performers Debo Band, and Dutch post-punk icons The Ex.
With roots in East Africa, Somi looks to Nigeria to draw on the cosmopolitan attitude of Lagos, with modern jazz and soul grooves.