In the best of all possible worlds, we’d get to keep the myriad
digital offerings that emerged over the pandemic while also getting
the return of live music, and it seems like globalFEST is doing their
best to make that happen. The premier world music showcase announced
its lineup for both its 2022 live show, happening at New York's Webster Hall on
Jan. 16, and its special series of NPR Tiny Desk concerts, which runs from Jan. 18-20.
From our corner of
the cultural musical world, we’re looking forward to Mali’s Al
Bilali Soudan; American banjoist Nora Brown; Colombian
hip-hop outfit Kombilesa Mí (pictured above); Franco-Syrian-Lebanese duo Bedouin
Burger; and Son Rompe Pera, a garage cumbia punk band from Mexico. All
of them except Brown will be playing Tiny Desk concerts hosted
by the indomitable Angelique Kidjo. The concerts will be available to stream on NPR Music's YouTube channel.
For a look at the full lineup and bios of the artists, head over to globalFEST’s website. Spotify users can start getting hyped up now via the handy playlist below. You can also buy your tickets today right here.