2019 Artists

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Internationally hailed as one of Bali’s most forward thinking music and dance ensembles, Gamelan Çudamani (Bali) is known for their exceptional creativity and superb artistry and also their unflagging love for the classical treasures of Balinese tradition.

Saraswathi Ranganathan Boston Debut (India/USA), treats you to an artistically rich, aesthetically delightful Veenà presentation! Saraswathi passionately strives for sounds of the ancient instrument Veena to reach a global audience.

Frontera Bugalú Boston Debut (Mexico) is a collaboration between accordionist/singer/ producer Kiko Rodriguez and producer/keyboardist Joel Osvaldo, two longtime veterans of El Paso’s music scene who perform a mix of high-energy “cumbia” blended flawlessly with other traditional Mexican and Latin rhythms. 

47SOUL (Palestine/UK) have become renowned for inventing their own genre Shamstep (also the name of their debut EP), which fuses dubby synthie sounds with rock elements, hip-hop and pop lyrics in English and Arabic.

Les Filles de Illighadad Boston Debut (Niger) brings the music of rural Niger caled “tende” featuring compositions build from vocals, handclaps, and percussion.

KOKOKO! Boston Debut (Democratic Republic of Congo): An amazing alternative scene is thriving far for the occidental fantasies of “world music” including  KOKOKO! whose sound features DIY instruments is explosive and vibrant.

Marcus Santos’ Grooversity
 (Brazil/Boston), back for their second year with the BU Global Music Festival, has a special sound and energy inspired by Marcus’ hometown; Bahia, Brazil. This is a very upbeat and interactive show that you can not miss!

The Eastern Medicine Singers (Algonquin/Rhode Island) are a traveling algonquin drum group who create new music and combines 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.