The following artists will perform at the National Hispanic Cultural Center for ¡Globalquerque! 2014 (Sept. 19-20). Performances will take place on three stages, all located at the NHCC (1701 4th St SW, at Avenida César Chávez). Enjoy the intimate courtyard setting of the Fountain Courtyard, the state of the art 692-seat Albuquerque Journal Theatre and dance outside on the Plaza Mayor.
Grounds open at 4 PM and performances start at 6:20 PM (Friday)/6 PM (Saturday) and run until at least 11:40 pm. The Global Village will be open into the night. There will also be FREE day programming on Saturday for families and adults, including workshops on music and folklore, crafts, and live performances. Visit the Global Fiesta page for more info.
Afro-Cuban All Stars (Cuba)
After gaining international fame for reviving the classic sound of Cuban son, tres master Juan de Marcos turned the Afro-Cuban All Stars into a sensational showcase for Cuba’s most prodigious young musicians. While long revered in Latin America and Europe as a founding member of Cuba’s great son revival band Sierra Maestra, de Marcos first gained notice in the U.S. as founder of the Buena Vista Social Club. It was de Marcos who assembled Ibrahim Ferrer, Eliades Ochoa, Ruben Gonzalez and the rest of the crew for Ry Cooder when he came to Havana looking for illustrious old timers.
But de Marcos is just as interested in promoting Cuba’s brilliant young musicians as in highlighting Cuba’s senior talent. The Afro-Cuban All Stars not only features a multi-generational cast, the group draws on both classic Cuban styles like son and danzón and contemporary dance rhythms like timba. “What I’m trying to do is create a bridge between contemporary and traditional Cuban music,” de Marcos says. “I’m trying to mix both things so people can realize that Cuban music didn’t stop in time, that it developed in this long period when Cuban music disappeared from the market.”
"An intoxicating blend of Cuban music, funk, soul and jazz... Cuban music is just plain fun to watch and listen, and almost irresistible to dance to. After two hours filled with the dynamic and potent musical cocktail that is Cuban music, the audience stubbornly did not want to leave."
—All About Jazz
Calypso and Soca’s living legend, Calypso Rose was born in 1940 on the tiny island of Tobago in the West Indies. Today, she resides in Queens, New York, but every year she returns to her island "to come back to herself" and, as she explains, "to find in Tobago her African Roots." Calypso Rose has written more than 800 songs and recorded more than 20 albums. She has performed all over the world. Her personality, charisma, and “joie de vivre” define her as an exceptional woman. Calypso Rose is a true people’s diva, singing blues, gospel, reggae, soul and of course calypso.
Founded by Trinidadian/Canadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves, Kobo Town is named after the historic neighborhood in Port-of-Spain where calypso was born. Gonsalves grew up in a middle class neighborhood in Diego Martin, a town just outside of Trinidad’s biggest city, Port of Spain. His mother is originally from Quebec City, Canada, and had met Drew’s father in Barbados on a trip when he was visiting family. A few days later, they were engaged, and she came to Trinidad where Gonsalves was born. When he was 13, Drew’s mother fled what had become an abusive marriage and he and his siblings went with her to Ottawa, Canada. The sudden move to a new (and cold) world where he didn’t fit in led Gonsalves to cultivate a deep nostalgia for the land of his birth. He started writing his own calypsos, and visiting calypso tents during his trips to Trinidad. In 2004, he put together Kobo Town with some fellow Trini expats in Toronto and some musicians from his first band, Outcry, a rock-reggae group with calypso and West Indian folk influences.
For this show, Kobo Town will be backing Calypso Rose, and will also be playing their own material.
Golem (New York)
Klezmer-rock band Golem was founded by Annette Ezekiel Kogan in New York City in 2000, and since then, the band (Kogan, Aaron Diskin, Jeremy Brown, Curtis Hasselbring, Taylor Bergren-Chrisman and Tim Monaghan) has become a leading re-interpreter and innovator of Yiddish and Eastern European music, pushing tradition forward into the 21st century. Golem performs nationally and internationally, from the east coast to the west, and from Paris to Mexico City to Stockholm to Warsaw. After a self-released album, Homesick Songs, they released two albums, Fresh Off Boat and Citizen Boris, on the independent Jewish label Jdub Records. Their new release, Tanz on Corasón Digital, marks a conscious move into new territory, with mainly original material created by the band. Golem is known for its theatricality and fearless wild energy, combined with a boundless love of tradition. Golem is “not your father’s klezmer band, unless of course your father was Sid Vicious” (Jewish Week).
Oumar Konaté (Mali)
While still in primary school in his hometown of Gao, Oumar Konaté touched the spirit of his classmates with passion for music and song. On the strength of his talent with an old bucket, helmet, and drum, Konaté performed nightly outside the family’s front door conducting his first band. While still in high school, he accompanied the Orchestra of Gao on their national tour.
Oumar Konaté went on to enroll at the prestigious National Institute of Arts in Bamako. His first album, Lahidou, brought him to the attention of many well-known African artists. Konaté has accompanied several of those Malian artists: Vieux Farka Toure, Kounkako Sata, Roberto Magic, Alpha Diakité, Sidi Touré, Khaïra Arby, and Leila Gobi.
In 2008, Oumar Konaté performed at the National Biennale in Kayes, Mali, as guitarist and arranger for the National Institute's orchestra. In 2009, he represented Mali at the UNESCO festival in Gambia. That same year, Konaté received his Diploma from the Institut Universitaire de Formation des Maîtres, where he has continued as a teacher.
In January 2012, Konaté appeared at the Festival au Desert - Essakane in Timbuktu, Mali. In that same year he toured throughout the US and Canada with Khaïra Arby and her band. Konaté then followed up with a solo US tour in 2012, playing at NY's Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, receiving a rave reception. In November 2013, Konaté toured Europe with Vieux Farka Toure.
Oumar Konaté currently lives in Bamako, Mali with his family, his wife and a newborn son. His new album, Addoh, was recorded during the historic 2012-2013 political crisis in Mali. It represents a transition in his musical journey, a sound treatise on the emotions and experiences of young Malians as they live through the rebellion and coup d’etat that was shattering their country and their dreams of a better future.
Photo credit: Kevin Yatarola/Lincoln Center Out of Doors
Founded in Angers, France by singer-keyboardist Denis Péan and violinist and kora player Richard Bourreau, Lo'Jo's musical adventurism is the stuff of legend. The globe-trotting French daredevils have traveled the world for 30 years, playing in remote outposts, soaking up sounds, and founding the annual Festival in the Desert in northern Mali with Tuareg rockers Tinariwen.
The six-member band plays funky, dubbed-up chansons laced with a bewildering variety of jazz, pop, reggae, circus, cabaret, klezmer, Roma, West African, and Maghrebian traditions. Péan’s rough-edged Tom Waits–like voice contrasts beautifully with those of sisters Yamina and Nadia Nid el Mourid for a sound that’s totally unclassifiable but utterly enthralling. Find out for yourself why The Independent (U.K.) called Lo'Jo "probably one of the best live bands in the world right now."
Gaby Moreno (Guatemala)
Immensely talented with a guitar and gifted with a soulful voice beyond her years, Gaby hails from Guatemala, but has called Los Angeles home since touching down in 2001. Gaby's been constantly immersed in music and the industry with a single-minded goal: To become a successful singer/songwriter mixing Spanish and English vocals while retaining total artistic and creative control. Winning the 2006 John Lennon Songwriting Contest with her song "Escondidos" helped her garner exposure. Her pace has quickened since, and her music has been featured on television shows such as "Ghost Whisperer," "The Hills," and "Parks and Recreation," for which she co-wrote the Emmy-nominated theme song. She has also toured with "House M.D." star Hugh Laurie as a member of his Copper Bottom Band.
In 2011, without any push or support from a label, her independently released sophomore album Illustrated Songs reached #1 in sales on Latin Itunes and Amazon Latin. That led her to many concerts in the U.S. and Europe, in countries like France, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Her latest album, Postales, released on the Metamorfosis label, differs from her previous two in that it is completely in Spanish, but it still keeps intact her influences of blues, soul and jazz. In 2013, Moreno was awarded the Latin Grammy for Best New Artist.
Söndörgő play a style of music that is little known and quite different compared to the traditional, fiddle-led Hungarian repertoire. Their aim is to foster and preserve Southern Slavic traditions of the Serbs and Croats, as found in various settlements in Hungary. Most of these communities are situated along the Danube, but quite isolated from each other.
The group was founded in 1995 in Szentendre, a small Hungarian town near Budapest with a long-established Serbian tradition. The Eredics brothers started to play music together with bass player Attila Buzás during their high school years. Partly for family reasons (Kálmán Eredics, the father of the Eredics brothers, was a founding member of the acclaimed Vujicsics Ensemble), all the group members are profoundly touched by and drawn towards Southern Slav folk music. Söndörgő’s mission is to research it, arrange it and perform it on stage. The current members of the group are Áron Eredics, Benjamin Eredics, Dávid Eredics, Salamon Eredics and Attila Buzás.
In contrast to most groups playing Balkan music, Söndörgő is a tamburitza band. The tambura is a small and agile plucked instrument similar to the mandolin, which is occasionally supplemented by wind instruments and accordion. Söndörgő’s traditional repertoire is made up of material gathered by Béla Bartók and Tihamér Vujicsics, as well as learned from old masters of the tradition. Discover with them the delicate beauty of a different Balkan sound.