Global Beat Festival: The Libyans, Feedel Band, Niyaz, Emel Mathlouthi, Flavia Coelho, Guayo Cedeño + Coco Bar
GLOBAL BEAT FESTIVAL explores music from around the world befitting the stunning acoustics of the magnificent glass-vaulted Winter Garden. Each night pairs two groups from different traditions for an unforgettable 3-day experience. The various blend of sounds and instruments truly captures the variety and uniqueness of each culture.
The Libyans give new life to the fascinating, sacred music of the Jews of Libya. Based in Israel, the six-member ensemble’s sound gains influence from Arabic, African and Turkish culture. Accompanied by guest dancers, The Feedel Band performs music inspired by the golden age of Ethiopia merged with 1960s jazz and R&B.
Day 2 of the festival features two female-driven vocal powerhouses. Niyaz seamlessly blends medieval Sufi poetry and folk songs from their native Iran along with a guest whirling Dervish dancer. Emel Mathlouthi’s gorgeous, intricate sound moves between rock, trip-hop, and electronica, giving light to her reputation as one of the great divas of the Arab World.
The final night of the festival features Flavia Coelho, who has electrifying stage presence and unique Brazilian sound, followed by Guayo Cedeño + Coco Bar, serving Latin surf guitar melodies from Honduras. Cedeño will also be joined by the renowned Garifuna singer/songwriter Aurelio Martinez on guitar and vocals and Garifuna drums.
Travel support for The Libyans is generouly provided by the Consulate General of Israel/Office of Cultural Affairs in the USA.