Archive: Global Music Month 2020
While the 2020 BU Global Music Festival was postponed, we presented virtual programming as a part of Global Music Month 2020, with 19 festivals and presenters from the US and Canada joining together for a month of online celebration of music from around the world, from August 29 to October 1.
On Thursday, October 1 we featured exclusive performances by Sister Nancy and Fabiola Méndez & Zayra Pola, followed by a live panel discussion moderated by our Artistic Director, Marié Abe.
Sister Nancy, is a legendary reggae artist, dancehall DJ, and singer. She is known to the world as the first female dancehall DJ and was described as being a “dominating female voice for over two decades” on the dancehall scene.
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Fabiola Mari Méndez Quiñones was born on February 20, 1996. She started playing the Puerto Rican cuatro at age 6. She was a student at the Humacao Musical Institute, the Antonio Paoli School of Music in Caguas, and the Conservatorio de Artes del Caribe.
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Zayra Pola was born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. Puerto Rican American singer and percussionist was given the birth name as Zayra Marie Ocasio Espinosa. Zayra is the granddaughter of a well known folkloric Puerto Rican guitar player Polo Ocasio and one of her professors named her ‘’Pola” in honor of her grandfather.
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