¡Globalquerque! '08

1)  Vieux Farka Touré 9/19/08

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2)  Lila Downs 9/19/08

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3)  Mor Karbasi 9/20/08

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4) Lo Còr de la Plana 9/20/08

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5) Orchid Ensemble 9/20/08

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We just returned from Albuquerque, New Mexico, for a little R&R (Research  and Relaxation).  We attended the 2-day world music festival called ¡Globalquerque! to witness some amazing musical artists as well as seeing the setup and layout of the grounds. Although tickets are kept low, a portion of the festival is open to the public at no charge, allowing everyone the chance to be included in the experience.  I hope to use it as a model for our own version in Phoenix, AZ.

As far as describing each individual act, it is easier just to let the music speak for itself.  It is all very beautiful and unique, and it allows the listener to discover and learn new things. These are just five examples of the seventeen artists that were featured at this years event.

1) Vieux Farka Touré is from Mali, a country almost the size of Alaska in West Africa, near the Sahara Desert.

2) Lila Downs is from Mexico, and grew up in Minnesota. She has a beautiful versatile voice, and can be heard and seen on the the soundtrack and film "Frida"

3) Mor Karbasi, from Israel, resides in London, and her music and writing reflects her heritage. She is directly descended from both Moroccan and Persian Jews. She has been and indeed is, an avid supporter of Flamenco which provides a strong flavor throughout all her songs. She sings  in Ladino, Spanish, Hebrew, and sometimes in English.

4) Lo Còr de la Plana (pronounced "Loh cor deh la plahn"), from France, matches six male a-cappella voices with foot-stomping, and clapping, as well as hand drums.

5) Orchid Ensemble, from China and Canada, provides music based on the  cultural exchange between Western and Asian cultures.

This festival is a world-class, well thought-out, efficient production, that promotes the  beauty of world cultures by bringing international artists for both local communities as well as the entire southwest to enjoy and discover. 

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