Boston University invites the BU and greater Boston Community for the inaugural BU Global Music Festival on October 5th & 6th, 2018. Enjoy extraordinary music, educational events, and a global bazaar – all free and open to the public of all ages with registration.

Each venue has a legal capacity. While we continue to accept registrations for the Festival, seating at each venue will be first come, first served. Registration does not guarantee a seat at any one performance. Doors for each performance will open 30-45 minutes in advance.

Festival Schedule

Friday, October 5, 2018

7:00 p.m. – Jupiter & Okwess 
(D.R. Congo): Tsai Performance Center
9:00 p.m. – Fendika (Ethiopia) & Debo Band (Boston/Ethiopia): Metcalf Ballroom, GSU

View our Venue & Artists pages for more information.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

12:00-4:00 PM – Global Bazaar: GSU Plaza

1:00 PM – Zhou Family Band (China): GSU, Conference Auditorium
2:00 PM – Palos de Peravia (Boston/Dominican Republic): GSU, Conference Auditorium
2:30 PM – Gund Kwok (Boston/China): GSU Plaza
3:00 PM – Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole (Hawaii): Tsai Performance Center
4:00 PM – Marcus Santos Grooversity (Boston/Brazil): GSU Plaza
5:00 PM – LADAMA (Pan South America): GSU, Metcalf Ballroom
6:30 PM – Balla Kouyaté (Boston/Mali) & Mamadou Diabaté (Burkina Faso): GSU, Conf. Auditorium
7:30 PM – Dina El Wedidi (Egypt): Tsai Performance Center
9:00 PM – Orquesta El Macabeo (Puerto Rico): GSU, Metcalf Ballroom
10:00 PM – DJ Rekha (NYC/India): GSU, BU Central

2:00 PM – LADAMA (Pan South America): GSU Alley
3:00 PM – Dina El Wedidi (Egypt): GSU, Ziskind Lounge
4:30 PM – Zhou Family Band (China): GSU Alley
6:00 PM – Orquesta El Macabeo (Puerto Rico): GSU Alley
7:00 PM – Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole (Hawaii): GSU, Ziskind Lounge

View our Venue & Artists pages for more information.

The BU Global Music Festival is produced by the BU Arts Initiative – Office of the Provost and the Department of Musicology & Ethnomusicology in the College of Fine Arts School of Music, through the Karbank Fund for Global Music. Additional support has been provided by BU Global Programs, The Pardee School of Global Studies, The BU Center for Humanities, the College of Fine Arts, and the BU Global House.

Special thanks to our sponsors:



And a very special thanks to our generous individual donors


 This festival is handicap accessible.