Global Music in NYC is played mostly in small nightclubs. Global Music includes interesting music from Mother Africa, South Asia, and other cultures around the world. NYC’s Global Music clubs are also major presenters of Latin Music.
The Grammy field for World Music was started in 1992 for non-European traditions, including non-European Classical Music. The Recording Academy struggles to wrap its head around this because the great majority of music on Earth is not European.
In 2020, the “World Music” field was renamed “Global Music.” The idea is that “World Music” put “us” against the world, whereas the term “Global Music” is inclusive. At least the Recording Academy is trying. Anyway, Global Music is Great!
Mother Africa’s Most Famous Singer,
Plays Carnegie Hall
Youssou N’Dour is a Senegalese singer and former politician. “Rolling Stone” magazine has called him the most famous living African singer, and he really is. He is one of Mother Africa’s leading cultural figures and was Senegal’s Minister of Tourism in 2012-13.
N’Dour is known for Senegalese Mbalax music based on Serer sacred puberty rites, but his style of Global Music is a fusion with popular Latin music that came back to Africa. Into his MBalax tradition, N’Dour pours Cuban Rumba, Hip-Hop, Jazz and R&B.
Youssou N’Dour really is the Star of Dakar, and his community-oriented, multicultural perspective makes him one of the world’s guiding lights.
NYC Global Music Venues
- Barbès is a French-owned bar in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
- Drom is a Turkish-owned bar in the East Village.
- Flushing Town Hall is a community theater in Flushing, Queens.
- LunÀtico is a musician-owned restaurant bar in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.
- SOB’s is a bar in Hudson Square (West SoHo).
- Terraza 7 is a Colombian-owned nightclub in Elmhurst, Queens. *
- World Music Institute presents Global Music across NYC. *
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Violinist, singer, composer L. Shankar, tabla master Abhijit Banerjee, and drummer Rohan Krishnamurthy play Classical Indian Music at Roulette Intermedium in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn on Sat, Apr 2 at 8pm. From $25. 🇮🇳
Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita present their new album “Suba,” Global Music reuniting the Caribbean and Mother Africa, at Roulette Intermedium in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn on Thu, Mar 31 at 8pm. $25. robertbrowningassociates.com 🇨🇺🇸🇳🇻🇪
Sona Jobarteh a Gambia griot and the first female kora master, plays Gambian Folk and Afrobeats for the World Music Institute at Peter Norton Symphony Space in the Upper West Side on Sun, Mar 20 at 7:30pm (6:30pm doors). From $35. 🇬🇲
Bollywood blends Classical Indian Dance with Jazz and Hip-Hop in a tradition created for South Asian movies. It’s really fun.
The Bollywood Beats: Desi Saturdays party is at SOB’s in Hudson Square, Manhattan on Saturdays in March 2022. $30. 🇮🇳