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FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS: Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST: Vox Sambou, Aditya Prakash Ensemble, Rachele Andrioli, Martha Redbone

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FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS: Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST: Vox Sambou, Aditya Prakash Ensemble, Rachele Andrioli, Martha Redbone

January 13, 2021 | Bob Boilen
The Tiny Desk is teaming up with globalFEST this year for a thrilling virtual music festival: Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST. The online fest includes four nights of concerts featuring 16 artists from all over the world. From Monday, Jan. 11, through Thursday, Jan. 14, we’ll be streaming new performances at 8 p.m. ET on NPR Music’s YouTube channel and NPR.org.

Every January, I attend globalFEST at a New York City nightclub and see some of the most amazing music I’ll experience all year. Now, given the pandemic’s challenges and the hardening of international borders, NPR Music and globalFEST is moving from the nightclub to your screen of choice and sharing this festival with the world. Each night, we’ll present four artists in intimate settings (often behind desks donning globes), and it’s all hosted by African superstar Angélique Kidjo, who performed at the inaugural edition of globalFEST in 2004.

For the third night of the festival, we have Vox Sambou’s energetic Hatian funk from Montreal, Carnatic Indian music from Aditya Prakash Ensemble, a blend of old and new with Italian singer-songwriter Rachele Andrioli, and an expansion and exploration of American Roots music from globalFEST alum Martha Redbone.

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Below you’ll find short descriptions about each act, written by the globalFEST team.

There are few performers as “alive” as Vox Sambou, whose energy and soul transcends the virtual space. He starts his performance at Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST with a short moment between himself and his son, overseen by a painting of his mother, highlighting the ways we pass down traditions from generation to generation. Based in Montreal, Quebec, Vox Sambou writes and performs in Hatian-Creole, French, English, Spanish and Portuguese. His music is a joyous fusion of Haitian funk, reggae and hip-hop.

“African Diaspora”
“My Rhythm”

Performing from their home base in Los Angeles, Aditya Prakash Ensemble highlights songs borne from South India’s Carnatic tradition. Aditya uses his voice as an instrument to tell powerful, emotive stories — which he reimagines in a fresh, dynamic way. Aditya Prakash Ensemble’s modern take on traditional music mixes in jazz and hip-hop and features a diverse L.A. ensemble.


Recording from southern Italy, Rachele Andrioli’s performance highlights her mix of old and new, of traditional music and modern technology. Her trance vocals and loop pedals create a sound all her own, mixing music from Italian, Indian, Lebanese, Albanian and Romani cultures and traditions.

“Te Spettu”
“Pranvera Filloi Me Ardh”

Martha Redbone performs her Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST performance from her home studio in Brooklyn’s Navy Yards. Native and African-American singer-songwriter Martha Redbone is known for her mix of folk, blues and gospel from her childhood in Harlan County, Ky., which she infuses with the eclectic grit of pre-gentrified Brooklyn. Inheriting the powerful vocal range of her gospel-singing African-American father and the resilient spirit of her mother’s Cherokee, Shawnee and Choctaw culture, Redbone broadens the boundaries of American Roots music.

“The Garden of Love”
“Talk About It”

Producer: Bob Boilen
Video Producer: Morgan Noelle Smith
Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
Associate Producer: Bobby Carter
Tiny Production Team: Kara Frame, Maia Stern
Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

Co-Directors: Shanta Thake, Isabel Soffer, and Bill Bragin
2021 Curators: Shanta Thake, Isabel Soffer, Bill Bragin, and Viviana Benitez
Event Producer: Ian Thake
Host: Angélique Kidjo
Social Media Manager: Valerie French
Publicity: Brendan Gilmartin, Chart Room Media
Legal Services: Tamizdat
Legal Services: Duane Morris
Producer: THE OFFICE performing arts + film
Video Production: MODEMA Studios

THE OFFICE performing arts + film consists of Diane Eber, Rachel Chanoff, Laurie Cearley, Olli Chanoff, Erica Zielinski, Gabrielle Davenport, Catherine DeGennaro, Noah Bashevkin, Lynn Koek, Bruna D’Avila, Chloe Golding, Kyla Gardner, Zion Jackson, Tess Peppis, Scout Eisenberg

MODEMA Studios consists of Jammal Lemy (director and editor), Matt Deitsch (producer), Theo Braun (audio), and Gary Blake (editor)

Special Thanks: Joshua Feigenbaum, Mona Golub, Steven Kirkpatrick, Daniel C. Smith, Ken Umezaki

globalFEST 2021 funders include The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, The Québec Government Office in New York


28 Responses

  1. Brunel Goda says:

    🇭🇹 🇭🇹🇭🇹🇭🇹

  2. Vox!!! Estrella! What a powerful preformance 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽❤ pure energy, love and power!!!!!!

  3. These VOX SAMBOU guys are insanely good !!!

  4. Astheris X says:

    What a broadcast, Formidable !

  5. J Campos says:

    Marielle Franco presente!

  6. Brownman Ali says:

    VOX SAMBOU — all day. Killin'.

  7. you have stolen my heart. Thank you. Dziękuję,

  8. Dori Walla says:

    i had to pause 14 mins in because im tryin to eat but cant stop dancing…. ahaha ill be back after i finish…. lol

  9. SAI SAY says:

    Omg!! Indian x jazz is the perfect combo!! So beautiful!!

  10. What fine performances by all these wonderful artists! Each evening has been amazing. Thank you!!!!!!

  11. E aí, tudo beleza?! Viva a África e as Américas Latinas. Force! Kisses from Brasil

  12. 🇭🇹🇭🇹🇭🇹🇭🇹🇭🇹🇭🇹🇭🇹

  13. Bon bagay Vox Sambou!!!🇭🇹 gOod performance y'all!

  14. Aditya and Rachele super, thank u very much ❤🙋

  15. Wei Jing says:

    Aditya Prakash Ensemble is an incredible band!

  16. Tácio Nery says:

    Every artist and every song is a wonderful surprise!

  17. reljasaurus says:

    Frenchie Gibbs went off

  18. Another beautiful, eclectic evening of globalFEST 2021! Thanks to all the musicians, Tiny Desk and globalFEST! This online incarnation is wonderful and I hope this will become a yearly, collaborative tradition, even when globalFEST gets back to being a live, in person event. It is so wonderful to share this music with the whole world here online!❤️🎶🙏🎶❤️

  19. Mathias B says:

    what a show by the Vox Sambou team !!!! Tremendous energy, we miss so much that kind of performance in the COVID era, I hope seeing that live soon !!! Thanks so much Tiny Desk

  20. Lex Cam says:

    The 1st musical jazz playin band in this video, they are using Jazz a genre created by BLACK artist and integrating it with Indian music AND THERE IS NOT A BLACK MUSICAN IN SIGHT!?!?That is how these people freely and brazenly steal & appropriate BLACK ART FORMS with impunity. HOW DARE THESE PEOPLE! NPR SHAME ON YOU FOR AIDING AND ABBETING THIS SH*T!

  21. Al R says:

    13000 Views, only 809 Likes???? Wth?

  22. Syafiq says:

    Can this collab never end please? I feel like on a vacation I'll never have.

  23. Vox Sambou 🇭🇹 🇭🇹 ♥

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