2020 Virtual – Featuring Sister Nancy (Jamaica/NYC) and Fabiola Méndez & Zayra Pola (Puerto Rico/Boston)
2021 Festival line-up below
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Combo Chimbita (Colombia/New York) initially uses cumbia as their base, but combines with an inventive combination of rhythms and sounds from Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America.
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The Eastern Medicine Singers (Algonquin/Rhode Island) are a traveling algonquin drum group who create new music and combine stories and culture into the drum experience. They do school and arts & culture shows as well as musical performances, as well as cross culture musical pieces.
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Gund Kwok (China/Boston), which means heroine in Chinese, symbolizes women’s power and strength. The lion and dragon dances are art forms which require martial arts discipline, endurance, flexibility and creativity.
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Veronica Robles Mariachi Quartet (Mexico/Boston) is a Mariachi singer, musician and Lain American folkloric dancer and choreographer by trade but has become a cultural icon for Latinos in Boston.
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Under the leadership of Alsarah (a singer, songwriter, bandleader and a somewhat reluctant ethnomusicologist), Alsarah & the Nubatone’s (Sudan/New York) sound grew into what they have dubbed as ‘east – african retro-pop’
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La Pelanga (Colombia/Indonesia/Holland/California) is a DJ collective born out of Cali, Colombia, and based in Oakland, California. Since 2008, they’ve brought communities together around a vibrant, positive dance floor with the freshest sounds from Kinshasa and Cartagena, Port au Prince and Nueva York, Oakland and Abidjan.
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Riyaaz Qawwali (Pakistan/Texas) performs the gripping music style called Qawwali or Sufi Music. The qawwali singers represent the diversity and plurality of South Asia. The ensemble’s musicians, who are settled in the United States, hail from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh and represent multiple religious and spiritual backgrounds.
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Zili Misik (Haiti/Boston) performs an acoustic & electronic fusion of roots music of the African diaspora. With captivating sounds that evoke the African continent, Zili retraces routes of forced exile and cultural resistance through diasporic rhythm and song.
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