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01/07/2017
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The best international music you’ve never heard of

You won’t need a passport for a trip around the world this weekend — at least a musical trip. The annual globalFEST touches down at Webster Hall on Sunday with a dozen acts on the bill, nine of them with roots in other lands. GlobalFEST organizer Shanta Thake says the event “began [in 2003] as a reaction to America’s post-9/11 xenophobia and tightening of borders.” Here’s a quick guide to some of this year’s artists.

Alsarah and the Nubatones

Born in Sudan, Alsarah’s parents fled the country during domestic troubles in the late-’80s, but she now operates out of Brooklyn, recording Afrobeat-tinged pop soul.

Batida

Vibrant African electronic music from Angola-born, Portugal-raised producer Pedro Coquenão.

Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo

Although Machado hails from Venezuela, her buoyant singing and the musical styling of her accompanying group La Parranda El Clavo stem more from her African heritage.

Hoba Hoba Spirit

This group from Morocco takes its name from a Bob Marley song, but the members’ love of reggae is fused with rock and the more traditional sounds of North African Gnawa music.

Jojo Abot

Abot, who hails from Ghana, lists everyone from Fela Kuti to Sia as her influences, and it shows in her impressively diverse 2015 EP “Fyfya Woto.” She’s also set to open for Lauryn Hill next month at Radio City Music Hall.

L’Orchestre Afrisa International et Mbilia Bel

Having formed in the 1960s, L’Orchestre Afrisa have built a big following in Africa, and their Congolese rumba music will come with the added appeal of their Democratic Republic of Congo countrywoman M’bilia Bel adding vocals.

Maarja Nuut feat. Hendrik Kaljujärv

Only those fluent in the native language of Estonia will be able to understand her lyrically, but the fragile and beautiful folk of fiddler Maarja Nuut is still powerful enough to be moving, regardless of the language barrier.

Septeto Santiaguero

The tropical Latin ensemble from Cuba has been going for 20 years but only made its US debut last year with a show at Lincoln Center. With Cuban-American relations thawing, the group is back for more at globalFEST.

SsingSsing

Being from South Korea doesn’t always make you a K-pop artist. Instead, SsingSsing combines vocal styles from traditional Korean folk songs with the dynamic of rock group.

$45. 7 p.m. 125 E. 11th St.; globalFEST.org