Sunday, September 15, 2013


It's September, the chill of autumn has touched us, there's a smell of roasting green chile in the air...of course your mind has turned to global music! Why, you ask?  Because September 20 -21 marks the the 9th annual ¡Globalquerque! celebration of world music and culture at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

As their promotional material promises, "If this is your first ¡Globalquerque! - you are in for a real treat! At its heart,
¡Globalquerque! is a festival of discovery, with new and unexpected
surprises around every corner." Set on 3 stages, with 19 performances from around the world, this global dance party is guaranteed to have something for everyone - but music is not even all the festival offers! On Saturday the 21st there will be free daytime programming, also at the NHCC.  Want to learn Irish step-dancing? Find out what a kayamb is?  Join a drum circle? Watch a movie or attend a street performance?  The schedule is jam-packed from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.! Additionally, the festival features a global village, with crafts, culture, and cuisine representing far-flung corners of the world, including crafts from Pakistan, Nicaragua, and Uganda; members of local Irish and Scottish cultural groups, folks from Kadampa Meditation Center, and more organizations will be on hand; and for the foodies amongst us, there will be a chance to sample South Indian delicacies, Argentine grill, and Italian-style street pizzas - just for starters.

This year's lineup looks like another great assortment of performers - it'll be hard to decide which to check out!  Local bands Sons of the Rio Grande and Las Flores del Valle will be there; so will T.O. Combo (from the Tohono O'odham of Arizona) playing waila or "chicken scratch"; Argentine singer Sofia Rei "explores connections between the various traditions of South American folklore, jazz, flamenco and electronic sounds";  A Moving Sound are a performance company based in Taipei "that fuses Taiwanese, Chinese and neighboring Asian musical ideas in inspired and engaging modern song compositions"; the Krar Collective from Ethiopia feature a 5 or 6 stringed harp (the "krar" of their name); and we hear DakhaBrakha from the Ukraine is not to be missed. Most bands are scheduled to perform either Friday and Saturday, so for a complete lineup for each night, be sure to check the ¡Globalquerque! schedule page.

¡Globalquerque! is also broadcast live and on the internet on KUNM Saturday from 7 p.m. to midnight if you can't make it in person,  and the ABC Library catalog has a good sampling of current and past ¡Globalquerque! performers' music available for checkout, if you'd like to get a taste of all the great global sounds that founders and producers Tom Frouge (Avokado Artists) and Neal Copperman (AMP Concerts) have traveled the world to find for you.

This year's ¡Globalquerque! performers in the library catalog

The Best of Leon Russell

Ethiopia Super Krar by Krar Collective

A Moving Sound (eponymous)

Reina by Kinky

Shamrock City by Solas

De Tierra y Oro by Sofia Rei

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars [DVD]

Past ¡Globalquerque! performers in the library catalog
Fire Away by Ozomatli
Haïti colibri by Ti-Coca & Wanga-Nègès
Un fuego de sangre pura by Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto from Colombia
Agadez by Bombino
Commercial by Amigos Invisibles

Una y otra vez by Sergent Garcia
In Frank's Studio by Frank McCulloch y Sus Amigos
Under the Rose by Rahim AlHaj ... [et al.].

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