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Global Music Month 2020

This autumn, the Consortium of World Music Presenters including World Music Festival Chicago, ¡Globalquerque! in Albuquerque, the NY Gypsy Festival among others will co-present the online festival Global Music Month 2020

From August 29 to October 1, 2020, participate in concerts, panels and workshops celebrating world music with traditional and contemporary music groups from around the world. This online festival experience combines 19 different U.S and Canadian festivals and events and features some francophone artists for the occasion with Agoci Band (Haiti), Natu Camara (Guinea), Lakou Mizik (Haiti) and Balla Kouyate & Yacouba Sissoko (Mali/USA).

Let's discover these artists together!

Agoci Band, led by Rol'hans Innocent, a group of musicians mixing the rhythms of Hip-hop, Roots and Calypso with Haitian Compas, is based in New York and performs songs in English, French and Haitian Creole. With Global Music Month 2020, meet the group on September 1st at 7:00PM (EST) with a replay of the 2018 event "Global Mashup Egypt Meets Haiti: Zikrayat & Agoci Band" presented by Flushing Town Hall. To watch the replay of this Global Mashup 2018 #2 click here

Natu Camara is a singer and composer born in Ivory Coast and raised in Guinea who promotes through her passionate music her fight for social justice. On September 11th, she will host the workshop "Music of Hope and Healing" at 1:00 PM (CST) and will give a concert at 8:30 PM (CST) presented by the Madison World Music Festival

Listen to one of her songs: 

Lakou Mizik is a collective of Haitian roots music. After the earthquake that devastated Haiti, the group was formed to show the world that the history of their country is not just about this disaster. Today, their mystical and rhythmic music is appreciated by the international public. Lakou Mizik will be presented by the Madison World Music Festival on September 12th with a workshop "Kids' Workshop: Basic Haitian Rhythms & Dance" at 3:00 PM (CST) followed by a concert highlighting their latest album "HaitiaNola" at 8:30 AM (CST).

Watch the story behind Lakou Mizik's "HaitiaNola":

Balla Kouyaté, born in Mali, was raised in the Djeli tradition and plays the Balafon, an instrument considered a UNESCO Artifact of Oral and Intangible History. Yacouba Sissoko descends from a bloodline of Malian musicians and started learning the kora and oral traditions from his grandfather at the age of 9. Today, the two musicians come together to share the traditional music of their country and the culture of their ancestors. Join them at their live concert recorded exclusively for the 35th season of the World Music Institute at DROM in NYC on September 23rd at 7:00 PM (EST). This paid event will be streamed live until September 26th at 11PM (EDT). 

In the meantime, watch the trailer :