Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST

globalFEST 2021: Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST

Facing dual challenges of the pandemic, along with hardening of international borders, globalFEST will, for the first time, team with NPR Music’s Tiny Desk concerts to present exclusive video performances by 16 artists via NPR Music’s digital platforms, in a series entitled NPR Music’s Tiny Desk meets globalFEST.

Featuring 12 new artists, as well as 4 globalFEST Alums, the four-night series (January 11 - 14) will be hosted by African superstar Angélique Kidjo, who performed at the inaugural edition of globalFEST in 2004.

“Since the early 2000s, globalFEST has been my high point for uncovering new music from around the world. The annual NYC gathering inspired me to bring many of my discoveries to the Tiny Desk,” said Bob Boilen, creator of NPR Music’s Tiny Desk series. “Korea’s SsingSsing, the Palestinian electronics of 47Soul, and Jamaica’s Brushy One String have been a few stellar discoveries. And though we can’t gather together in a club this year, I’m thrilled that team globalFEST will bring new remarkable talents to our Tiny Desk (home) concert series, and we can all celebrate the joys of these expansive talents together.”

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"Want to shake up your music habits and find something out of your usual box? That's just what globalFEST does for me every year. GlobalFEST brings twelve bands from all over the world to New York City's Copacabana for a single night, and it's a thrill ride." - Bob Boilen, NPR

Read the review of globalFEST 2020 by NPR HERE

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gf 2021 artists

Aditya Prakash
Aditya Prakash Ensemble | USA / India 

Dedicated Men
Dedicated Men of Zion | USA


globalFEST will again present a series of awards that celebrate those that excel in the small but crucial global music field in the USA, too often with little recognition.