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. 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, Metcalf Ballroom
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 Elwedidi (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): BUild Lab (730 Commonwealth Ave.)
2:30 PM – Dina Elwedidi (Egypt): GSU Alley
4:00 PM – Zhou Family Band (China): GSU Alley
5:30 PM – Orquesta El Macabeo (Puerto Rico): GSU Alley
7:00 PM – Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole (Hawaii): GSU Alley

View our Venue & Artists pages for more information.

Standing Room Policy

If you have not registered for the festival and no tickets are left above, registration is at capacity and closed. You are welcome to come to BU and go to our check in tables for a Standing Room ticket:

  • Tsai Performance Center (685 Commonwealth Ave.): Friday, October 5 at 5-8pm
  • George Sherman Union (775 Commonwealth Ave.): Friday, October 5 at 7-10pm & Saturday, October 6 at 11am-10pm

There you will be given a Standing Room Only ticket for your desired performance. To use that ticket you must arrive at the performance venue 30 minutes in advance and wait until all previously registered audience members with festival wrist bands have been accommodated. If there is room you will be allowed entrance at the beginning of the performance.

Easily accessible by MBTA Green B Line at BU Central and BU East.

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:



& a very special thanks to our generous individual donors.


 This festival is handicap accessible.