Wednesday, September 17, 2014


In just a couple of days, you can check out ¡Globalquerque!, New Mexico's own celebration of world music and culture - this year will be the 10th annual! This festival is the brainchild of Neal Copperman of AMP Concerts and Tom Frouge of Avokado Artists. More than a musical event, you can also check out the Global Fiesta, free Saturday daytime programming with educational workshops, activities and performances, and the Global Village of Crafts, Culture and Cuisine, with diverse offerings for your browsing and shopping pleasure. This year, there is also a month-long International Cinema Series, presented in partnership with the National Hispanic Cultural Center, taking place every Thursday in September at 7 PM.

We here at abcreads look forward to¡Globalquerque! every year. The event takes place on 3 stages at the National Hispanic Cultural Center - "the intimate setting of the Fountain Courtyard, the state of the art Albuquerque Journal Theatre, and...outside on the Plaza Mayor." Neal and Tom always schedule such an interesting array of musicians from places as small as La Réunion, as faraway as Bulgaria and New Zealand, and as close to home as Native American artists from the Zuni and Diné tribes. It's always a tough decision - listen to a whole set by an artist or run from stage to stage, trying to catch as many artists as possible? We usually find ourselves on the the run.

ABC Library always tries to have music by ¡Globalquerque! artists available in the catalog.  Here's the offerings you'll find by this year's artists:

Golem, Citizen Boris

Los Texmaniacs, Texas Towns and Tex-Mex Sounds

Calypso Rose, Queen of Trinidad

Söndörgő, Tamburocket: Hungarian Fireworks

Lo'Jo, Cinéma el Mundo

The Rough Guide to the Music of Cuba [sampler with a song by the Afro-Cuban All Stars]

Native America [sampler with a song by Robert "Tree" Cody]

We don't currently have any music by Oumar Konaté in the library catalog, but musically-inclined customers may remember his library concert earlier this year, at the Ernie Pyle branch. He had the whole neighborhood dancing!

Want a taste of what's in store?  Check out our library playlist!

You can read more about this year's artists (and past artists!) on the ¡Globalquerque! website.

Globalquerque: It Takes A Village [Local IQ]

Globalquerque! [Local Flavor, page 44]

 ¡Globalquerque! World Music Festival Celebrates 10 Years [World Music Central]

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