globalFEST: Charanjit Singh, DJ Ushka, Baiana Play Som and DJ Ripley at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
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globalFEST, one of the most catalytic world music events in North America, goes on the road, taking over multiple locations at Lincoln Center with a globe and genre-spanning line-up in a day-long celebration.
Charanjit Singh (New York Debut)
Anticipating the birth of acid house, a Bollywood keyboardist got his hands on an 808 drum machine in 1982, making a brilliantly ahead-of-its-time cult album, the synthesizer-fueled “10 Ragas to a Disco Beat.” Finally recognized for his pioneering rethink of Indian music, the electronic musician makes his NYC debut.
DJ Ushka (Dutty Artz)
Ushka is a Sri Lankan-born, Thailand-raised, Brooklyn-living global bass DJ who crafts sets that move from soca to kudoro to South Asian rhythms, with both cross-cultural activism and the dancefloor in mind.
Baiana Play Som
DJ João Meirelles of BaianaSystem hits the wheels of steel with a sound system set that links Jamaican and Afro-Brazilian beats.
DJ Ripley (Dutty Artz)
Ripley has been tearing up dance floors since 1995 with her ferociously adventurous blend of global street bass sounds, opening minds and freeing bodies to work out new paths to liberation.
1:00 pm: Brasslands, USA, 2013, 88min
A New York City brass band travels to a tiny Serbian village to compete in the 50th anniversary of the world's largest trumpet competition. The first Americans to compete, Zlatne Uste meet the Serbian Roma champs, tough competitors with different reasons for wanting to win.
3:00 pm: The Last Song Before the War, US/Mali, 2013, 90min
The 2011 Festival in the Desert in Timbuktu draws musicians and audiences from all over the world. The film captures not only these stunning performances but also the participants' concerns over an uncertain future as the Islamic militants threaten from north. Featuring Tinariwen, Khaïra Arby, Vieux Farka Touré, Tartit and more.
5:00 pm: Journey to Jah, Germany/Switzerland , 2013, 92min
Two European musicians find a new home in Jamaica after their separate searches for authenticity bring them to this politically and economically torn island. "Gentleman" from Germany and "Alborosie" from Italy thrive in the contradictions and connections they find in reggae—rebel music that unites.
Free and open to the public. Complimentary tickets will be distributed at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center box office starting one hour prior to each event. Limit one ticket per person. Please note that while tickets will not be distributed until one hour prior to each event, the line may form in advance of this time.
*Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
Venue Description: The world's leading performing arts center and home to the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York City Opera, New York Philharmonic, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and the School of American Ballet.