Without a chance to brush up on my poor speaking or understanding of French, I was whisked away from LA to Montréal, Canada after an invite came into my inbox to attend the 3rd annual world music conference/festival Mundial Montréal.
It's fascinating to compare the playing styles of the musicians at the Dutch Classical Meeting and World Music Expo 2011, and to consider that the artists are all interpreting music that comes from the same root.
Associated with soukous and Congolese rhumba, Papa Wemba is a major force in his own right, cranking out hit after hit. His band turned in a stellar set, pulsing with irresistible beats, infectious riffs and fluid guitar lines.
This Sunday's GlobalFEST will provide a space for promising artists to show their stuff to world music industry types, and in the mean time, throw a polyrhythmic, multi-linguistic, hip-shattering party.