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Global Beat Festival

The Libyans, Feedel Band, Niyaz, Emel Mathlouthi, Guayo Cedeño + Coco Bar, Aurelio Martinez dance, music

May 7, 2015 - May 9, 2015

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Brookfield Place New York (BFPL)
Winter Garden
230 Vesey Street
New York, NY 10821

Experience the hottest bands from around the world in a global explosion of music and dance in the magnificent Winter Garden at Brookfield Place!

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.

Come for the beats, stay for the eats!
Dine at one of the 14-chef driven eateries in Hudson Eats or Le District, the French-inspired marketplace.

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 dancerEmel 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.

MAY 9*
The final night of the festival features Guayo Cedeño + Coco Bar, serving Latin surf guitar melodies from Honduras. Renowned Garifuna singer/songwriter Aurelio Martinez will follow Guayo

*Due to a visa issue beyond our control, Flavia Coelho is unable to perform at Global Beat Festival. We are thrilled to announce that Aurelio Martinez will now be bringing his whole band and will join Guayo for a three part program. Guayo Cedeño + Coco Bar will kick off the evening, followed by Aurelio Martinez. Aurelio and Guayo will both take the stage for the final performance of the night and festival. 

The Global Beat Festival is curated by Live Sounds / Isabel Soffer.


Travel support for The Libyans is generouly provided by the Consulate General of Israel/Office of Cultural Affairs in the USA.