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.
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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.
Native Wisdom is an internationally known Native American Dance Theatre. Their purpose is to show the world the rich and beautiful culture of the Native American People by way of their songs, dances, music and stories and spiritual teachings. Their knowledge of these dances comes from the teachings of their grandfathers and grandmothers. Native Wisdom has representatives from many different tribes coming from the Dakota, Navajo, Tohono’Odham, Maricopa, Caddo, HoChunk, Lakota, Crow, Chippewa/Cree, Hopi, Pueblo, Inuit (Eskimo), and The Six Nations of the Iroquois. These award-winning dancers attend the Powwow circuit regularly and have have traveled around the world, including several countries in Europe and Central and South America.
Robert "Tree" Cody, the director of the group, is a Native American flutist, dancer, artist, educator and actor. He has won five Native American music awards and received a Grammy nomination for his album Heart of the Wind. His step-father, the late Iron Eyes Cody, taught "Tree" the many different aspects of show business as well as the traditional red road of his people. He has lectured at many museums, schools, universities and colleges nationally as well as internationally, sharing his knowledge of the Native American culture, songs, dances and music to the world.
Sweet three-part harmonies and great musicianship have always been a part of the Western Music tradition, and that tradition has always been a part of New Mexico. Combining the musical talents of multi-instrumentalist Jim Jones, guitarist Doug Figgs and guitarist extraordinaire Mariam Funke, The Cowboy Way serves up a slice of western life complete with seamless harmonies and impeccable musicianship. Jones and Figgs are both award-winning songwriters and their original songs prove that this living tradition is in good, strong hands. And when not writing songs or singing about the West and New Mexico or touring the region and country together and as solo artists, you will find these boys living the tradition, day to day. Whether writing Western novels (Jones), shoeing horses and rounding up cattle (Figgs) or two-steppin’ and back porch pickin’ (Funke), The Cowboy Way prove theirs is more than just a name. It’s a way of life.
The Cowboy Way are presented in partnership with the Western Music Association of New Mexico.
Rocky Dawuni (Ghana)
Over the course of his career, Rocky Dawuni's infectious grooves and dance-inducing anthems have consistently excited fans, including some of music's biggest stars with whom he's performed and collaborated. Having appeared at many of the biggest World and Reggae music events, Dawuni has worked alongside Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, Jason Mraz, Sharon Jones, Janelle Monae, as well many others. His eloquence, passion and successful melding of celebrity with humanitarian action have also made him a spokesperson for various global causes.
In the U.S., Dawuni's progressive fusions of Reggae, Soul and traditional African sounds, have been making steady inroads and he can found alongside U2's Bono in the remake of "War/No More Trouble" for the highly successful Playing for Change: Songs around the World album and accompanying videos. Rocky Dawuni is also featured with other global stars on Tribute to a Reggae Legend with his genre-bending rendition of Bob Marley's "Sun is Shining." (Putumayo Records, 2010) His songs have had prominent exposure on hit TV shows like "Weeds," "ER" and "Dexter."
Dawuni's activism reached new heights when he was invited to meet with Ghana's top leaders on a broad range of issues and was appointed the country's Tourism Ambassador and "World Music Ambassador for MUSIGA (Musician's Union of Ghana)." These efforts join his ongoing involvement with Product (RED), UNICEF, the Carter Center & the UN Global Fund.
DVA (Czech Republic)
The band DVA ("two") consists of siblings Jan Kratochvíl and Bára Kratochvílová. They draw inspiration from the aesthetics of music halls or circuses, telling stories from their own worlds in the band’s own imaginary language, which is the reason why their sound has been described as "the folk music of non-existing nations." DVA's aural collage of "pop, kitchen beatbox, tango, cabaret, circus, radio noise" bears their unmistakable stamp—quirky, but accessible.
DVA's 2008 debut album Fonók gained acclaim not only within the Czech Republic (the album was nominated for the annual Czech music prize the Angel, and their "Nunovó Tangó" video won the first prize at the Anifilm festival), but also abroad. BBC music critic Charlie Gillett ranked their debut among the best albums of the year. Fonók was followed by Hu in 2010, and in 2012, DVA's soundtrack for the computer game Botanicula won the main prize at Independent Games Festival awards in San Francisco, and was also nominated for the UK Sound & Music Awards.
Their latest album, Nipomo, is "fun and playful, an upbeat tech-folk assembled from loops, field recordings and saxophone... Sounds of ping-pong, oceans and birds float in and out, making this music a celebration of nature. In fact, DVA’s music could have been composed by some mythical forest creature who only comes out when spring turns to summer. It’s strange, but engaging, pleasant music that comes from a complete joy of living." (The Big Takeover)
Golem (New York, USA)
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).
Rey Vallenato Beto Jamaica (Colombia)
The most popular and dynamic folk rhythm in Colombia is called vallenato. Native to the Caribbean Coast, its defining characteristics are its unbridled enthusiasm and the lead role played by the accordion, which is usually accompanied by caja vallenata (a small goat leather drum), guacharaca (a tube-shaped percussion instrument), bass and vocals.
Alberto Beto Jamaica is one of of Colombia’s most renowned vallenato and cumbia musicians with a 25-year career in the music business and more than 50 professional recordings. Since winning the prestigious Leyenda Vallenata Festival in 2006, he has become known as Rey Vallenato Colombia (The Vallenato King of Colombia).
Beto’s music is a vibrant mix of cumbia, paseo and porro all wrapped into his infectious accordion-driven vallenato. He contemporizes the tradition by adding electric bass, congas and timbales to the conventional instrumentation, while never losing sight of the music’s roots with its deep cultural meaning for the Colombian people, reflecting the way they live, think, act and feel.
Beto Jamaica’s debut release in North America, Rey de mi Folclor, features 14 tracks and is a testament to his commitment to both the tradition and future development of vallenato music. A star in Colombia with two Top 5 hits, Beto has performed in more than 50 musical productions and toured Europe, the Americas, the Caribbean and Asia.
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
Liu Fang (China)
Liu Fang is an internationally acclaimed virtuoso for pipa and guzheng. Born in 1974 in Kunming in the province of Yunnan, China, she began playing the pipa at the age of 6, and by 11, she performed before Queen Elizabeth II. Her studies at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music broadened her musical range to include the study of the guzheng. At the age of 22, Liu Fang immigrated to Canada and she currently resides in Montreal.
Since 1999, she has performed hundreds of solo concerts featuring Chinese traditional and classical music on her two solo instruments, at such prestigious venues as the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, the Philharmonic Hall of Liège, Belgium, and the Bath International Music Festival. Her profile has risen rapidly due to her rich and deeply spiritual performances and her extensive repertoire. Described in the media as the "empress of pipa" (L'actualité, Canada), "divine mediator" (World, France), "a great ambassador for the Chinese music " (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands), Liu Fang is known as "possessing virtuoso technique, grace and a unique empathy toward the music she plays—whether it is a traditional and folk tune or a modern Western composition” (All Music Guide, USA).
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."
Los Primos featuring Lenore Armijo (New Mexico)
Based in the Santa Fe/Albuquerque area of New Mexico, Los Primos, a seasoned group of musicians, perform with a passion and fresh perspective the traditional music of the Mariachi and Trio Romantico. They have earned a reputation for the variety of music they play and the ability to adapt each show to entertain their audience. Their colorful and festive guayabera shirts have become a trademark which parallels the unique and festive entertainment that this group provides.
Although deeply rooted in the Territory of New Mexico, Lenore Armijo was exposed to a unique blend of music including jazz, ranchera and classical. Her own style has propelled her career into various stages around New Mexico, and more recently in films such as “Descansos” and “Letters to Our Daughters,” both written by Chris Roybal. Her recent appearances on stage include the live New Mexico Tour of “Bless Me Ultima,” written by Rudolfo Anaya, and “Living Purgatory,” written by Patricia Crespin.
Los Texmaniacs (Texas, USA)
Combine a hefty helping of Tex Mex conjunto, simmer with several parts Texas rock, add a daring dash of well-cured blues, and R&B riffs, and you've cooked up the tasty Texmaniacs groove. The band was founded by Max Baca, a legend on the bajo sexto, a twelve-string guitar-like instrument, which customarily provides rhythm accompaniment for the button accordion, thus creating the core of the conjunto sound. Max, who was born and raised in Albuquerque, uses the bajo to push the TexManiacs sound to another level of vibrancy altogether. He has displayed a musical virtuosity and blistering guitar riff solo style, that is now being emulated by young bajo players internationally. Max is being credited for turning a traditional folk/roots/conjunto instrument hip again, attracting young, new audiences while maintaining his roots in traditional conjunto.
Like a great salsa, the Texmaniacs mix the simplest yet finest ingredients of Texas music to create a sound solidly rooted in tradition, exploding with contemporary vitality. Texmaniacs' versatility has led them to performances such as The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, International Accordion Festival, Kennedy Center , Governor of Texas Ball, and many major festivals overseas in countries such as Germany, Holland, and Spain. Their Smithsonian Folkways album of traditional South Texas conjunto music, Borders y Bailes, earned the group the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Tejano Album.
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.
Telvin is an Anatolian Blues band that places a mixture of ethnic folk music and traditional Turkish themes at the heart of its sound. The band brings together traditional folk music with rock, blues and contemporary jazz genres in an extraordinary musical experiment that produces a magical Anatolian Blues and Jazz sound. There is a vibrant inspiration from European jazz with a deep impact of 1970s rock and jazz fusion. Each musician’s individual skills and passion have been distilled and melded into the band’s compositions. This individualism, combined with virtuoso technique, has helped them create their own unique sound.
Telvin was founded in Istanbul in 1995. Along with their popularity within the Jazz and Blues scene in Turkey, the trio was acclaimed during its early international appearances in Houston and New Orleans in 1995 and in the North Sea Jazz Festival in 1998. After a period of playing together, the band started featuring numerous talented musicians who played traditional folk instruments such as kaval, kopuz, erbane and hanging drums, in addition to more contemporary instruments such as the piano and the saxophone. This inspired the band to combine traditional folk music and jazz. Enriched by improvisation, this enabled Telvin to fill the gaps between traditional folk and contemporary music.
Erkan Oğur is a pioneer of the fretless guitar who has has mesmerized music lovers for the past 30 years since he designed and built his very first fretless classical guitar in 1976. His unique sound combines ethnic folk music and traditional Turkish themes with rock, blues and contemporary jazz. Erkan plays traditional lutes and various types of guitar, acoustic and electric, fretted and fretless, all with the same sense of perfectionism. He is joined by Turgut Alp Bekoğlu, whose heart has always been steeped in the jazz tradition, but his virtuosity allowed him to accompany numerous Turkish pop stars in the 1980s. He has influenced an entire new generation of Turkish drummers with his percussion knowledge and techniques. Bassist İlkin Deniz is a Florida-based artist and musician who has played alongside many Turkish musicians and singers.
Wild mustangs ran the open deserts and the healing scent of wet desert rain surrounded the childhood of Eli Secody on the Navajo Reservation in a place called Kaibeto in Northern Arizona. As a young boy, Eli's grandmother taught him his first Native American Church melodies. He would sing the songs constantly, eventually making a homemade recording that he distributed to co-workers on a construction site in Kingman, Arizona. His friends urged him to record his songs, which led to a recording that won Best Male Artist at the Native American Music Awards (NAMMY) along with a nomination for Best Traditional Recording. With just voice and hand drum, Eli Secody has created an individual contemporary style that remains true to the Navajo prayer song traditions of the Native American Church.
He will be performing with guitarist Hatuk Hill, a Choctaw Native from Oklahoma.
“Eli Secody is a solo singer who evokes emotion with a voice that first appears to strain as the words come pouring out. What seems to require great effort eventually sounds perfectly effortless.”
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.