Fifth Annual Festival of Global Music Brings Twelve Artists to New York City Showcase

Twelve artists will perform Sunday January 13, at Webster Hall at the 2008 globalFEST in New York City. In the last five years, globalFEST has become the U.S.’s leading showcasing event for artists performing a huge range of styles from around the world.

Working alongside the annual performing arts conference, Association of Performing Arts Presenters (where major performing arts centers converge to seek talent), globalFEST has helped to create new touring opportunities for international musicians in the North American market.

The 2008 line-up includes:

Chango Spasiuk, Argentina’s chamame master accordionist (Argentina)

Crooked Still, Newgrass innovators (USA)

Dulsori, Spectacular Korean drummers (Korea)

Fallou Dieng & DLC, Senegalese mbalax rising stars (Senegal)

Lo Cor de la Plana, Marseille’s hand-clappin’, foot-stompin’ vocalists (France)

Little Cow, Budapest’s Gypsy-tinged rockers (Hungary)

Nation Beat, Northeastern Brazilian carnival meets American roots (USA/Brazil)

Pistolera, NYC-Mexico alt-rock folkloristas (NYC/Mexico)

Puerto Plata, 84-year-old Dominican Son maestro (Dominican Republic/USA)

Samarabalouf, French Gypsy jazz guitar virtuosi (France)

Toumast, Desert blues rockers (Niger/France)

Vinicio Capossela, Theatrical Italian underground visionary vocalist (Italy)

Over 50 groups/artists have participated in the first four years in the hybrid festival/showcase event. The festival has sold out each year with a crowd of over 1,400 including representatives of over 400 performing arts centers, festival and club curators, and artist managers, agents and labels rubbing shoulders with New York’s homegrown global music audiences on three separate stages.

globalFEST is organized by The Public Theater (NYC), World Music Institute (NYC), and World Music/CRASHarts (Boston). For the fifth year in a row, globalFEST is sponsored by The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, with additional support from the French Music Export Office, recognizing France’s pre-eminent role as a hotbed for world music activity.

Webster Hall, performances on 3 separate stages
125 East 11th Street
New York, NY 10003

How to buy tickets:

1. online:
2. by phone: 1- 866-448-7849
3. in person: CASH ONLY

Tickets are available at box office at the Mercury Lounge:
217 East Houston Street (between Ludlow and Essex)
Hours are Monday through Saturday
12 noon to 7 p.m.

Author: World Music Central News Department

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