Photos: globalFEST 2011, Starring Red Baraat, La-33, And Orquestra Contemporânea de Olinda
What do you get when you take a dozen or so internationally hailed acts and dump them all in the East Village? The annual mind-expanding musical fete known as globalFEST. Thirteen acts from places as far afield as India and the Congo converged on Webster Hall last night for the show's ninth anniversary, splitting time between three stages over the course of a five-hour affair. While each act brought something unique to the table, the true standouts were New York's own "bhangra-gone-brass-band" outfit Red Baraat, Haiti's RAM, and nearly every Latin American act, especially Brazil's Orquestra Contemporânea de Olinda and Colombia's La-33. Here's a sample of what there was to look at.
Say hello to the Rhythm of Rajasthan. All pics by Ben. Rhythm of Rajasthan (India) Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole (Hawaii) Aurelio & Garifuna Soul: (Honduras/NYC) Orquestra Contemporânea de Olinda (Brazil) Pedrito Martinez Group (Cuba/NYC) Chamber Music: Segal & Sissoko (Mali/France) RAM (Haiti) Yoro Ndiaye (Senegal) Zikrayat (Egypt/NYC) La-33 (Colombia) Diblo Dibala (Congo/France) Red Baraat (NYC) Novalima (Peru)