Dengue Fever has a psychedelic take on the Cambodian pop sounds of the 1960s, making them one of rock ’n’ roll’s most unique success stories. Their music, a unique musical hybrid of Cambodian rock, Afro grooves, surf and garage psychedelia is featured in the theater piece Cambodian Rock Band, and they were featured on the 4th edition of globalFEST in 2007.
Justin Adams & Mauro Durante released an award-winning debut album Still Moving in 2021, moving from serene minimalism to wild catharsis. Adams’ (producer of Tinariwen’s breakout albums and guitarist with Robert Plant) plays with a post-punk guitar approach enriched by his passion for Arabic music and African trance blues, while Durante is a sought after violinist and percussionist, and leader of Southern Italy’s acclaimed Canzionere Grecanico Salentino, who performed their iconic taranta and pizzica dance songs at globalFEST in 2012.
Khadija El Warzazia’s Bnat el Houariyat & Esraa Warda is a pairing composed entirely of female artists: Bnat el Houariyat from the heart of Marrakech performs women’s celebratory and trance music, including chaabi and houara. Their percussion and call-and-response singing and complex polyrhythms build into a deeply transporting sonic experience. They are accompanied by the mesmerizing Algerian-American dancer Esraa Warda, a “rebellious spirit” known for her profound performances of the trance-like jedba hair-swaying dance.
Six decades of music, sixty-five years of song, generations tied together through the force of will of a matriarchy of powerful Black women. This is female-fronted gospel group The Legendary Ingramettes, founded by the late Maggie Ingram as a way to keep her family together through hardship. Maggie’s eldest daughter Reverend Almeta Ingram-Miller now leads this scintillating group that puts roof-raising harmonies front and center with a sound that reaches up to the heavens. Crowned Richmond, Virginia's "First Family of Gospel Music," The Legendary Ingramettes bring explosive energy and powerful vocals backed by a rock-solid house-shaking rhythm section that moves the body and the spirit.
María José Llergo is a young Romani singer from Cordobá in Andalucia with a voice full of expressive nuances. With deep musical knowledge and an experimental, avant-garde attitude, María is part of the new generation of flamenco singers creating an original take on the genre, free from restraints but not the method or history. Signed to Sony, her material carries an ancestral consciousness of Roma culture and history including discrimination, exploitation, displacement, and machismo, filtered through traditional and ethereal electronic methods.
Meridian Brothers & El Grupo Renacimiento, one of the most wildly creative bands to ever come out of Colombia, excavates the forgotten sounds of the fantastical (imaginary) 1970s salsa dura band El Grupo Renacimiento. The group identifies as “B-class” salsa whose music explores human struggles in the urban city landscape, with themes such as police brutality, social marginalization, and addiction.
Moonlight Benjamin describes her music as a blend of vodou and rock n’ roll. Born in Haiti and living in France, she is both a vodou priestess and a powerful singer-songwriter with an impressive vocal range. Benjamin’s sounds are both thrilling and thoughtful.
The renowned 35+ member New York Arabic Orchestra specializes in the expansive repertoire of Arabic contemporary, classical and traditional music, and is led by Artistic Director Layth Sidiq who is regarded as one of today’s most gifted violinists. A modular ensemble, they perform and tour as a full ensemble of 40 and down to sextet.
Born and raised in the deep outskirts of Mexico City, the three punky Gama brothers are keeping alive the rich legacy of marimba music running through their family with their latest project, Son Rompe Pera. This quintet from the outskirts of Mexico City makes audiences dance with their unique style of garage-marimba-cumbia rock. They use the historic marimba like no one has before.