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Global Beat Festival

Niyaz, Emel Mathlouthi dance, music

May 8, 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 from May 7-9, 2015.

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.

Friday, May 8 features:

Niyaz (Iran)
The Fourth Light CD release show

Described by the Huffington Post as “an evolutionary force in contemporary Middle Eastern music,” Niyaz first stepped onto the world stage in 2005 with their infectious self-titled debut album, appearing at #1 on iTunes. They continue to explore the music of regions around Azam and Loga’s native Iran, to shed light onto the plight of immigrants and minority ethnic and religious groups who struggle to maintain their identities. Hear the global trance pioneers seamlessly blend medieval Sufi poetry and folk songs, along with a guest whirling Dervish dancer.


Emel Mathlouthi (Tunisia)
Hailed by The Guardian for her “astonishing range and sensuousness,” Tunisian singer, songwriter, and composer Emel Mathlouthi moves between rock, trip-hop, and electronica to create an arresting cross between Tricky, Joan Baez, and Björk. She gained attention when her protest song “Kelmti Horra (My Word is Free)” was adopted by the Arab Spring revolutionaries in 2010 and soon became an anthem throughout the region.

Don’t miss the rest of the Global Beat Festival!

Thursday, May 7: The Libyans, Feedel Band 

Saturday, May 9: Guayo Cedeño + Coco Bar, Aurelio and the Garifuna Soul Band

Curated by Live Sounds / Isabel Soffer.



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