Riot Artist is thrilled to welcome King Sunny Ade to our touring roster for the 2016-17 season!

Since the evolution of juju music in Nigeria in the 1930s, no one has made a more lasting impact in the genre than King Sunny Ade. As a singer, composer and guitarist, he has succeeded over the years in taking this Nigerian social music to international heights.

King Sunny Ade & His African Beats last toured North America in 2005. When they return in the 2016-17 season, they will lay down their trademark mix of talking drum-driven grooves, multi-guitar weaves, lilting vocal harmonies, and pedal steel accents, and take their audiences on an intoxicating journey.


On Tuesday Midivial Punditz won ‘Best Electronic Artist’ at the Global Indian Music Awards 2015 (GIMA)—India’s equivalent of the Grammys—held in Mumbai. With a new album, Light, forthcoming in the US on Six Degrees Records, this was a huge honor for the duo of Gaurav Raina and Tapan Raj. To see a complete list of winners click here.

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GlobalFest, with Bixiga70, Puerto Candelaria, Kevin Johansen + The Nada, The Jones Family Singers, Just a Band, Kahulanui, Sam Lee, Emel Mathlouthi, The Nile Project, Riyaaz Qawwali, Zap Mama, and Emil Zrihan, live @ Webster Hall in New York, NY on 1/11/15. Photos by Ken Grand-Pierre. Click here for the full story.

The news headlines weren’t always easy to read last week, between the mass shootings in Paris and the relentless violence in Nigeria. But over the weekend, in New York City, some of the most remarkable global music groups in the world converged for a moment of musical solidarity. They came from as far away as Senegal and as close as Texas for the annual globalFEST, one unforgettable night of rapturous dancing, musical meditation and kinship. As Leonard Bernstein once famously said, “This will be our reply to violence: To make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.”

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen is joined by NPR Music’s Anastasia Tsioulcas, NPR contributor and senior editor Banning Eyre, and Rob Weisberg of WQXR (who also hosts WFMU’s Transpacific Sound Paradise) to revisit some of the highlights and favorite discoveries from this year’s globalFEST.

Listen to the program here.