Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Globaltica World Music Festival: Afropop behind the Iron Curtain

At Afropop, we know that African music can truly span borders and touch people all across the globe, and the Globaltica World Cultures Festival–situated in scenic Gdynia, Poland–truly exemplifies the global reach of African music.   Since 2005, it has boasted a diverse array of performers from all genres and countries, from Afrobeat artist Seun Kuti (Nigeria) to Britpopper Sinead O'Conner (UK) to reggae icon Burning Spear (Jamaica).  In particular, they have a strong focus on African artists, hosting Cheikh Lo (Senegal), Ba Cissoko (Guinea), and Bassekou Kouyate (Mali), among others.

This year's lineup has no appearance of slouching, with the legendary Afro-Cuban All-Stars headlining, along with semba-tinged Angolan Bonga, Hungarian dance band Besh o DroM, and Malagasy (yup, that's Madagascar) traditionalist Kilema.

African music can truly come from the most unexpected places, and we urge you to check out The Globaltica World Cultures Festival if you find yourself in Eastern Europe and feeling a lack of Afropop in your life.  Check out the website here (yes, there is a translation option) for more information.
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