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 Afropop.org 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.

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The Colombian band Puerto Candelaria, from Medellín, poured on the party act more thickly. Its foundation is the Colombian cumbia, which it applied to both its own tunes — speedy chromatic zigzags — and to gimmicky imports like MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This.” It had dance routines and audience participation bits that were crowd pleasing but superficial.

Globalfest also included more earnest performers. Emel Mathlouthi, a songwriter from Tunisia, played moody rock songs with a band that included both electronics and a traditional drum. She dedicated “Libertá,” a song praising the power of pen and paper against dictatorship and narrow minds, to the Charlie Hebdo journalists murdered in Paris.

Read the entire article here.