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Mundial Montréal #3: (Part Un) 'World Music Affaires!'

Marlon Regis | Posted 02.04.2014 | Entertainment
Marlon Regis

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.

Classical Meets World (Video)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 01.16.2012 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

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.

Sweet Dissonance and Buddhist Chant: Be-Being (VIDEO)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michal Shapiro


The Visceral Glory of Home-Made Music: De Temps Antan (VIDEO)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

Watching a performance like this makes me wonder what we may have lost in our journey towards more and more impersonal modes of music delivery.

They Don't Call Him Papa Wemba For Nothing!

Michal Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

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.

From WOMEX: Accordion Meditations with Danças Ocultas

Michal Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

The accordion is an instrument that contains its own hand-pumped air supply. These mechanical "lungs" bring out a physical response in me.

No, They Are the World

Michal Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michal Shapiro

Playing for Change is not just about making pretty videos. It's about connecting a global community where access to medicine, education, and mutual respect are a given.

GlobalFEST 2009: A Polyrhythmic, Multi-Linguistic, Hip-Shattering Party In New York

Modiba | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

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.