“After the evaluation of the previous edition, at least one of the festivals that repeated this year has improved, following our assessment. That made us very proud,” stated Transglobal World Music Chart co-founder and Festival Awards coordinator Araceli Tzigane Sánchez. “Moreover, this second edition has served us to identify our own areas of improvement. We have not been able to assess two specific festivals that applied and that had fluent communication with us. For the third edition, we will work more closely with the applicants to avoid this situation and to increase the number of applicants.”
The Transglobal World Music Chart Festival Awards were started
in 2018 as part of the TWM’s goal to increase the awareness, enjoyment and
appreciation of the music from diverse cultures of the globe.
Application information for festivals interested in
participating in the 2020 edition is available here.
Transglobal World Music Chart (TWMC) is an association of music
critics, writers, and radio DJs and producers specialized in world music. Members
hail from all continents. The TWMC releases a monthly chart that selects the
best recent world music albums across the globe.
University has announced the second annual BU Global Music Festival to be held
October 4th and 5th, 2019 on the Boston University Charles River
Campus. The festival will be free, open to the public and is intended for all
will include traditional and contemporary international musicians, as well as
local world music artists.
The lineup includes Les Filles de Illighadad (Niger) who will bring to the festival the music of rural Niger called “tende” featuring compositions built from vocals, handclaps, and percussion; 47Soul (Palestine/UK) celebrated for inventing their own genre Shamstep, which fuses dub synth sounds with rock elements, hip-hop and pop lyrics in English and Arabic.
Also featured: Gamelan Cudamani (Bali, Indonesia) known for their outstanding creativity; Frontera Bugalú (Mexico/Texas) who perform a combination of high-energy “cumbia” mixed with other traditional Mexican and Latin American rhythms.
Saraswathi Ranganathan (India/US) will treat festival goers to a diverse presentation of the ancient veena; and Congolese band KOKOKO! (Democratic Republic of Congo), known for building their own instruments and blending Congolese and modern music.
artists Grooversity (Boston/Brazil) and Eastern Medicine Singers (Algonquin,
Rhode Island) will also perform.
The festival is produced by the BU Arts Initiative – Office of the Provost and the College of Fine Arts Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology through the Karbank Fund for Global Music. Musician and BU ethnomusicologist Marié Abe continues to serve as artistic director. Additional support comes from BU Global Programs, BU College of Fine Arts, and BU Dean of Students’ Office, the New England and American Studies Program. WBUR will serve as a media sponsor.
“BU is very proud to host this festival and to welcome so many talented artists from around the world. Such events have transformative power. They expose us to different experiences, perspectives, and artistic expressions, while helping to break down barriers and bring us closer together,” said Jean Morrison, Provost and Chief Academic Officer of the University.
“The BU Global Music Festival creates community and inspires greater understanding and respect through our shared passion for music and the performing arts,” expressed Harvey Young, Dean of the College of Fine Arts.
to workshops and demonstrations offered to the public during the festival, this
year, the BU Global Music Festival and BU Music Education Department have
developed a new opportunity with the Boston Public Schools Office of the Arts,
which will connect Boston’s music educators with visiting international musicians
for a professional development credit in global music.
“The Boston University Music Education Department and students are excited to partner with Boston Public School music educators for a collaborative professional development opportunity centered around the world music traditions represented at this year’s Global Music Festival,” said Tawnya Smith, BU Assistant Professor in Music Education and member of the BU Provost’s Arts Council.
to music, the Global Bazaar featuring artisan goods for purchase from
international and immigrant communities continues this year. On Saturday
afternoon guests can also take part in a Cultural Vendor Fair where they can
peruse more than a dozen regional cultural and ethnic organizations that offer
arts related programming throughout the year.