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Kiran AHLUWALIA (India)

Kiran Ahluwalia had a small epiphany as she wrote what eventually became the title track for her latest album 7 Billion: The eruptions of intolerance and violence plaguing societies around the world had to be directly countered. Yet the focus on divisions and difference neglected a central fact, that we are all united in our difference and uniqueness. “There are seven billion of us now on Earth and every person has their own unique perspective and set of experiences,” she reflects. “We each have our own way of dealing with things, of hearing things, of moving through life.” 

Sounds like that fits the ¡Globalquerque! mission nicely!

Kiran Ahluwalia is a modern exponent of the great vocal traditions of India and Pakistan which she honors intensely yet departs from in masterful, personal ways. Her original compositions embody the essence of Indian music while embracing influences from Mali and Western blues, rock, R & B and nuances of jazz. With her 5-piece group of electric guitar, accordion, organ, tabla and drum kit, Ahluwalia creates boundary-breaking songs that invite us to explore the human condition, transcending the self by losing ourselves in a trance of groove and melody.

Her ease of manner on stage makes her a unique and inspiring performer whose legion of fans continues to grow with every captivating performance. We are thrilled to welcome her back to the ¡Globalquerque! stage.

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Al Bilali Soudan is the ancient name for the city of Tombouctou (Timbuktu).  It is also the moniker of an improvisational tour de force of traditional rhythms and scales. Tehardent is name of their traditional stringed instruments. A precursor of the modern banjo, the tehardent has accompanied griots, bards, dancers and vocalists for centuries. The members of the group hail from a well-known Tuareg family which has performed this music for generations. 

Abellow Yattara, is a renowned virtuoso of the instrument, and the group's leader. He is joined by his uncle, Aboubacrine Yattara who plays the bass tehardent. Other members of the group include Mohamed Ag Abellow, Tchiale Ag Aboubacrine, Mohamed Dicko and Abdoulaye Ag Mohamed.  Their ease with one another is obvious in the verve of their relaxed performance. While their work represents cultural preservation and may now be considered folkloric, Mr. Yattara dazzles with his mastery and demonstrates the true source of the desert blues electric guitar.  Loops, flashes of punk, and shouts energize the group’s music with a contemporary charge.

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The Bazurto All Stars was born in 2009 in the heart of Cartagena, Colombia in the Bazurto Market, amid the myriad colors, sounds and smells of that epicenter of Caribbean and African culture.


They are known as a pure party machine, and the best Champeta band in Colombia whose 7 musicians put on an unrivaled stage show. Their concerts hook the audience from the first note with an explosive show full of contagious energy and dancing. In 2016, they won the prestigious Congo de Oro, with their mega hit "La Pupileta" which became the 2016 anthem for the Carnaval de Barranquilla, the 2nd largest carnival in the world after Rio.   Immediately adopted by the carnival city, their track “Vacílatela con Fefi” was the carnival queen’s official theme in 2017. The Bazurto All Stars won the esteemed Congo de Oro a second and third time in 2018 and 2019.

The Bazurto All Stars now are ready to bring the party to ¡Globalquerque! for their New Mexico and Southwest debut.


Yes. There will be dancing.

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As ¡Globalquerque! returns this year to it's regular full blown trip around the globe, we couldn't think of better friends to return to the festival than DakhaBrakha!  And our open arms are not only in welcome but in solidarity, support and love.  

DakhaBrakha is a quartet from Kyiv, Ukraine, that was founded in 2004 as the house band for Dakh, the experimental theater company led by Vladyslav Troitskyi. The group’s name is a play on the Ukrainian words for “give” and “take.” Originally experimenting with Ukrainian folk music, the foursome then added rhythms from surrounding countries and around the globe into their music, thus creating a style they describe as “ethno-chaos”, creating a world of unexpected new music, weaving ancient Ukrainian folk melodies into a subversive musical tapestry that embraces indie rock, pop, hip hop, the avant-garde, and traditional instrumentation from around the world. DakhaBrakha has honed an evocative musical approach based around eerie vocal harmonies and thunderous percussion, augmented by ethereal cello and accordion sonorities

The group's numerous honors include the 2009 Sergey Kuryokhin Prize, named for the late St. Petersburg-based composer and experimental artist. In 2020, they won the Shevchenko National Prize, Ukraine’s highest state award for achievements in culture and the arts.

Kolonien (Sweden)

Kolonien is a four-member family band from Sweden that has been one of the leading voices of the new wave of Swedish folk  for over a decade. With a sound that blends acoustic roots music with anthemic, sing-along pop, Kolonien has a fresh, appealing sound that brings multiple musical worlds together.


Kolonien is made up of brothers Erik and Arvid Rask, their cousin Anna Möller and their childhood neighbor, and “brother from another mother,” Mischa Grind. The members of the band were raised in and around Järna, a community south of Stockholm that is known as a back-to-the-land destination for progressives and people seeking an alternative lifestyle. As teenagers they started writing their own songs and left their countryside home to travel and perform as protest singers in the Swedish green movement. In 2010 they were invited to perform at a festival in Tanzania, and it was there that they officially formed the band Kolonien. 

Kolonien's lush vocal harmonies have been likened to  Fleet Foxes, their Nordic folk-pop sound might remind some of Of Monsters and Men, and their hipsters with strings vibe makes them Sweden's answer to Mumford & Sons. At the same time, Kolonien's music and inspirations are deeply rooted in the Swedish folk tradition as well as the natural environment and progressive philosophies of the alternative-lifestyle community where they were raised.

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Intuitive, authentic, and full of ruthless rhythms, Malawi's Madalitso Band will make you clap, dance, smile, and rethink everything you thought you knew about African sound and instrumentation.

Madalitso Band performs traditional music with unconventional musical instruments. But it’s not that simple. These homemade instruments seem  orchestral. The 4-string acoustic guitar, played by Yosefe Kalekeni, holds tight to the rhythm while Yobu Maligwa’s long-necked, banjo-like babatoni, the sliding bass sound prominent in many of the country’s regional bands, serves as bottom end as well as lead. A foot pedal drum and vocals add the final touch. 

Madalitso Band earned a living playing on the streets of their home-town Lilongwe for ten years until they were "discovered" by a local producer. The duo recorded its first album in 2009. Word-of-mouth eventually secured them a performance at Zanzibar’s famous Sauti Za Busara festival in 2017. Six months later, the musicians boarded an airplane for the first time in their lives, heading out on their first European tour, including a stop at Peter Gabriel's veritable WOMAD festival.

While their lyrics speak to the serious issues inflicting their homeland - poverty, corruption, disease - the duo's music remains upbeat, indeed a love song to Malawi.

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PUULUUP (Estonia)

What to get when you mix a pinch of surrealism, a bit of modern folklore, a heaping helping of talharpa revival and blend it together through effect blocks and loopers? The answer is the neo-zombie-post-folk Estonian duo Puuluup! The subject of the first episode of the ¡Globalquerque! Sojourns documentary series, 2022 found Puuluup take home Band of The Year and Folk Album of the Year at the Estonian Music Awards.  


Ramo Teder and Marko Veisson have virtually resurrected the ancient talharpa (bowed lyre), popular in Northern Europe since the early middle ages and played on Western Estonian islands until the beginning of 20th century. 


Puuluup directs the vibrations of the talharpa’s horsehair strings through effects, using alternative bowing and rhythm techniques. The mellow sighs of talharpa are paired with electronically amplified echoes, knocks, creaks and crackles, while still maintaining the instrument’s natural sound.  And it is all presented with a unique sense of humor and originality. The melodies are a mixture of their various musical memories and improvisation. The music may have a dancing beat, or resemble a dark film soundtrack, or a glimpse into the chambers of ancient talharpa players, or evoke a journey to far-away lands. The lyrics are based on everyday neuroses, or the writings of Max Weber or trees. They sing about wind turbines, heroes from Polish TV series, zombies, fat cakes and the uncomfortable feeling that your neighbor’s dog might try to bite you while you take out the trash. Sometimes they sing in their own invented language.

As the duo states: “We draw inspiration from Vormsi nights, trams in November, junkies in love, criminals from Odessa and Antonio Vivaldi.”  Indeed.

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Get ready to discover the force of nature that is Bette Smith!

Acclaimed rock & soul singer Bette Smith traces elements of her life-affirming new album ‘The Good, The Bad and The Bette’ to her childhood in rough Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Musically, it connects to the gospel music she heard in church and the soul music on the corners.

“My father was a church choir director. I was singing since I was five years old. I take it to church. I just break out, start speaking in tongues." Bette enthuses.  She also heard gospel around the house every weekend. “My mother listened to nothing but gospel,” she recalls, citing Mahalia Jackson and Reverend James Cleveland. “Every Sunday morning, she would get up and put on these records while dressing and praising the Lord." 


This injection of soul music and gospel into rock & roll powered a breakout in 2017’s ‘Jetlagger,’ which received raves from NPR, Paste, American Songwriter, Billboard, MOJO, and a feature in the New York Times. Billboard scalled it "A rugged, chugging southern soul record... Like Betty Davis or Betty Wright before her, she imbues tracks with shingly, sawtoothed texture, capable of breaking off a high note with a throaty cry or scraping so low and wide that she threatens to put her bass player out of work."

Bette Smith isn’t on fire, she is the fire.  

New Mexico Debut!

Son Rompe Pera  (México)

Born & raised in the deep outskirts of Mexico City, the Gama brothers are keeping alive the legacy of marimba music running through their family with their group Son Rompe Pera. While firmly rooted in the tradition of this historic instrument, their fresh take on this folk icon challenges its limits as never before, moving it into the 21st century garage/punk world of urban misfits.  


Originally performing alongside their father at local events as kids, los hermanos Gama now find themselves at the forefront of the contemporary international cumbia scene with their sonic explorations of the classic marimba. Their absolutely unique blend comes from a typical youthful rebellion, when as teenagers they left behind their upbringing and began to play in various punk, rockabilly and ska bands. Now they’ve gone full circle with the return of the marimba on lead, and mixing all of their influences together with an energetic take on the popular instrument, giving it a new twist never before seen in Mexican folk music.

Their live shows are a sweaty mess of dancing fans, and  Son Rompe Pera never disappoints on stage. Their authenticity shines through as they give their modern interpretation of Mexican, Peruvian, and Colombian classics, as well as their own original material and some surprise covers. The contrast of the traditional marimba with their - let's say - exuberant attitude and street sense connects the audience to the past while dancing into the future.

Son Rompe Pera will also perform at this year's FREE ¡Globalquerque! Opening Dance PartyThursday, September 22 outside at the National Hispanic Cultural Center


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Gili Yalo (Ethiopia)


Gili Yalo incorporates sounds from traditional Ethiopian music into a

contemporary music production. The result is an exceptional, rich, vivid melody accompanied by Gili’s unique voice with lyrics in both English and Amharic.


The music made by Yalo embodies his personal story. And what a story he has to tell: Operation Moses was the covert evacuation of Ethiopian Jews from Sudan during a famine in 1984. These Ethiopian Jews - including Gili's family - fled from their native land on foot to refugee camps in Sudan. In the course of this exhausting and emotional journey, the music encouraged Gili and his family to keep on moving.

Today Gili Yalo’s music gives a new meaning to traditional Ethiopian music. The expression of his story through an advanced music production represents his own personal triumph.

Gili launched his solo career in 2015 following a stint as lead singer of Zvuloon Dub System. Gili Yalo’s band is made up of five musicians, including guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and trumpet.  His music effortlessly weaves Ethio-jazz funk and Afropop with unexpectedly futuristic synths and rich swirls of electric guitar creating an entrancing rhythmic groove, beat and flow.

"An artist who knows his roots and aims to actualize his own potential." - Pop Matters

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Formed in 2010, Israel’s Yamma Ensemble performs original contemporary Hebrew music that stays true to the character of the Middle East, where its members were born and raised. In Hebrew yamma means "to the sea"; in Arabic it means "mother". The group’s soulful music is accompanied by ancient musical instruments from the region—such as the kopuz, duduk, ney, and oud, as well as various percussion instruments.

Several of the band’s songs draw on its members’ Sephardic roots and are sung in Ladino or Arabic dialects. The pieces reflect the band members’ diverse musical styles, injecting jazz improv into a traditional Bukharan niggun, or a Klezmer trill into a psalm - their runaway hit with nearly 8 million views on YouTube is a setting of Psalm 104 with a complex musical arrangement by the group's wind player Yonnie Dror. What was the last piyyut (liturgical song) to accomplish that feat?


The ensemble also performs the traditional music of various Jewish diasporas—including songs from the Jewish communities of Yemen, Babylon, and Sepharad—as well as Hasidic music, with fascinating forms and rhythms that have been preserved by generations of Jewish traditions.

...with MANY MORE to come.

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