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Win Tickets To globalFEST 2016 In NYC With Ethiopia’s Fendika, Somi & More

globalFEST returns to NYC this month with their annual festival at Webster Hall. The 12 artist bill this year includes Fendika, Somi & more


globalFEST returns to New York City this month with their annual festival at Webster Hall. The 12 artist bill this year includes the likes of Ethiopian cultural treasure Fendika (who are affiliated with one of last year's best music videos), Ugandan-Rwandan rooted singer Somi, Music Maker Blues Revue, Astrid Hadad, The Dhol Foundation, and many more.

Here’s what globalFEST’s press statement says:

For one night, New York’s Webster Hall becomes home to the many faces and offshoots of world music, as globalFEST returns for its 13th edition on Sunday, January 17, 2016. The annual showcase festival gives an instant entry point into the powerfully diverse, wide-ranging world of global music, from the electronic to the edgy, the beloved to the wonderfully unfamiliar.

Fendika, one of the foremost ensembles from Ethiopia, who have reinvigorated the traditional music and dance scene in Addis Ababa, and collaborated with such far-ranging artists as previous globalFEST performers Debo Band, and Dutch post-punk icons The Ex.

With roots in East Africa, Somi looks to Nigeria to draw on the cosmopolitan attitude of Lagos, with modern jazz and soul grooves.

Okayafrica is giving away two pairs of tickets to globalFEST 2016, to enter simply fill out the form below. Winners will be notified via e-mail by Friday, January 15.

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Music

6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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