New York City, USA – Globalfest 2005 will feature 13 artists
from five continents on three stages at The Public Theater (New York City) on January 8, 2005.
A $40 ticket allows all-night access to all three stages, which run from 7:30
p.m. till after midnight at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St. (at Astor
Place), in New York City. General admission tickets can be purchased in advance
from www.telecharge.com or
212-239-6200, or at The Public Theater box office. Three of the top US presenters of world music—The Public Theater, World Music
Institute, and World Music/CRASHarts, Boston—come together to produce the world
music party of the year. Globalfest was launched in January 2004 in association with the annual
Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) conference, where performing arts
centers and festivals from across North America seek out new acts and plan
future performance seasons. However, Globalfest goes beyond being a trade
show—it opens its doors to the public.
“The debut Globalfest filled a void in the market,” says Yusuf Gandhi of Times
Square Records. “Concert presenters outside of the world music circle were
exposed to exciting performers, such as Mariza, for the first time, leading to
her receiving offers from some mainstream venues and festivals. And our signing
of Haitian singer Emeline Michel was a result of the event.”
Artists featured this year include Juana Molina (Argentina),
Warsaw Village Band (Poland),
Yoshida Brothers (Japan),
Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra,
Spanish Harlem Orchestra,
Ayllón, Lokua Kanza (Congo), Spain’s Noche Flamenca, featuring Soledad Barrio under the artistic direction of Martin
Santangelo, The festival closes with a DJ party showcasing bhangra, Bollywood,
and Asian Underground beats from New York City’s pioneering DJ Rekha.
[Photo: Yoshida Brothers].