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Discoveries From globalFEST 201338:39

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Every January for the past decade a dozen or more bands from around the world have gathered in New York City for globalFEST - one long, frenzied night of live music showcasing the diverse cultures, histories and numerous sonic branches of "World Music." This year's lineup included Zimbabwe legend Oliver Mtukudzi and his band The Black Spirits, Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara, Chicago's wildly exuberant marching band Mucca Pazza, and much, much more.

For this week's edition of All Songs Considered, NPR Music's Anastasia Tsioulcas, NPR contributor and Afropop.org senior editor Banning Eyre, and Rob Weisberg of WNYC (who also hosts WFMU'sTranspacific Sound Paradise) join Bob Boilen to revisit some of the highlights and favorite discoveries from this year's globalFEST.

GlobalFEST showcases a fusion of international traditions, modern instrumentation and high energy performances. The Canadian, Polaris Prize-nominated electronic trio A Tribe Called Red showcased a mixture of pop music samples and traditional Indian ceremonial songs. Their set came to a close with a "Mother Earth" figure twirling eight hoops harmoniously to the beat. (Ebru Yildiz for NPR)
GlobalFEST showcases a fusion of international traditions, modern instrumentation and high energy performances. The Canadian, Polaris Prize-nominated electronic trio A Tribe Called Red showcased a mixture of pop music samples and traditional Indian ceremonial songs. Their set came to a close with a "Mother Earth" figure twirling eight hoops harmoniously to the beat. (Ebru Yildiz for NPR)

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