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Tuesday January 19, 2016

From The New York Times

Globalfest Showcases the Sounds and Traditions of World Music
By: Jon Pareles

Roots were tangled, elastic and portable at this year’s Globalfest, the annual showcase for world music that started in 2003. With 12 overlapping sets on Sunday night at Webster Hall, Globalfest included dance music, protest songs, tradition, fusion, electronics, shtick, spirituality, camp and the blues. Some of the musicians were self-conscious emissaries from their homes; others were expatriates and widely traveled citizens of a connected world. Through the years, Globalfest has demolished the stereotype of world music performers as naifs playing the only music they know. Instead, it presents tradition as a choice and a resource, affirming a heritage or giving it a personal twist…

…Another New York-based musician, Somi, offered her own fusion. An American with parents from Uganda and Rwanda, Somi spent 18 months making music in Nigeria and returned with songs that draw on African rhythms, jazz, funk and thoughts of love and social issues. It was American music, globally conscious.

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