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12/08/2016
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Globalfest Sets Lineup, Looking to ‘Build Bridges, Not Walls’

Globalfest will bring its annual flagship concert to Webster Hall in Manhattan on Jan. 8, with artists from around the world whose music is inspired by cultural exchange.

“In this highly divided and divisive climate we are living in in the United States, the work of Globalfest to build bridges, not walls, is more important than ever,” Shanta Thake, a Globalfest co-founder, said in a statement.

This year’s bill will include the saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition, a trio that explores the space between jazz and Indian classical traditions. Jojo Abot, a singer from Ghana, will perform a hybrid of American pop and African music Jon Pareles reviewed her set at the Apollo Theater’s Africa Now! Concert this year and noted “her music drew as much from reggae, electronics and alternative R&B as from direct African sources.”

L’Orchestre Afrisa International, a 46-year-old rumba group from the Democratic Republic of Congo, will perform, as will Septeto Santiaguero, a Cuban group that made its United States debut last year at Lincoln Center.

Other artists include Betsayda Machado (from Venezuela), Batida (Portugal/Angola), Hoba Hoba Spirit (Morocco), Maarja Nuut featuring Hendrik Kaljujarv (Estonia), Ranky Tanky and Rare Essence (both from the United States), Rascasuelos (Argentina), and Ssing Ssing (South Korea). More information is at globalfest.org.