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  • March 15, 2017

    Gnawa Festival Tour in New York City

    Gnawa (or Gnaoua), is a musical and spiritual lifeblood of Morocco. The origins of this trance-inducing music are with the people, also referred to as Gnawa, taken to Morocco as slaves from the Sahel beginning in the 12th century. Although … Read more »

  • March 14, 2017

    New Sounds and Next Steps for SXSW: ContraBanned Showcase

    South by Southwest (SXSW), an annual festival and conference in Austin, TX for the film, interactive media and music industries, celebrates its 30th year March 13-19, 2017. Always a benchmark event for national and international music scenes, SXSW this year … Read more »

  • March 14, 2017

    Foday Musa Suso and Philip Glass at National Sawdust

    All images by Jill Steinberg, used with permission. At 80 years old, Philip Glass isn’t really worried about the specifics. “Foday and I have been writing music together for…30 years? 30 years or so?” The composer furrowed his brow. “A … Read more »

  • March 13, 2017

    Ticket Giveaway: Somi At the Highline Ballroom

    Born to immigrants from Rwanda and Uganda, acclaimed East African vocalist and songwriter Somi continues to depict the life and struggles of immigrants through her music. Somi draws her inspiration from the lively immigrant community of Harlem where she has … Read more »

  • March 10, 2017

    Premiere: “Made in Tribu Baharú”

    Colombian champeta group Tribu Baharú first came to our attention when they took the stage at Webster Hall in New York for globalFest in January 2016. The six-piece group pushed the audience to extremes of dance mania over the course … Read more »

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