globalFest – On the Road

globalFEST ON THE ROAD is a flexible touring and curating concept based on globalFEST’s annual flagship festival.

globalFEST at SXSW 2016

SXSW 2016

globalFEST, in collaboration with rock, paper, scissors, inc, took the show back to Austin this March, featuring six riveting artists at The Palm Door on Sixth. 

This year, Bombino’s rocking desert blues headlined the show, just ahead of the release of his third studio album, Azel. The showcase also hosted Noura Mint Seymali’s soaring vocals with Moorish-inflected electric guitar, electric pan-Latin soundscapes from Lulacruza, Pakistani qawwali from Imran Aziz Mian, Dubioza Kolektiv’s Balkan reggae-rock, and Southwestern rock vibes from XIXA. Interested in booking a gF artist from SXSW?  Get in touch with us for their booking contact information.

globalFEST at Bonnaroo 2015

globalFEST at Bonnaroo 2015

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Meet the Artists

Tanya Tagaq
Atomic Bomb! Who is William Onyeabor
Songhoy Blues
The Very Best


globalFEST at SXSW 2015

sxsw roundup

“You cannot believe that a human voice…is making the sounds that she’s making. She gives a performance that is as powerful as any intense punk performance I’ve ever seen. It’s 25 minutes of just nonstop sounds from the human body that is erotic at times, tearful at times. She just takes you through these various emotions …” – Bob Boilen of NPR Music on gF artist Tanya Tagaq’s SXSW performance

This March globalFEST returned to SXSW for the third year in a row.  This year’s showcase which took place at Austin venue Speakeasy included the soulful gospel of the Jones Family Singers, Inuit throat singing from Canada’s Polaris Prize-winning Tanya Tagaq, Just A Band’s Kenyan “nerdy” Afro-house and disco, and the psychedelic drums and guitar of Punjab’s Sain Tanveer Brothers.   Interested in booking a gF artist from SXSW?  Get in touch with us for their booking contact information.

Want to Learn More?

View the globalFEST SXSW Facebook Album

Listen to the gF 2015 SXSW artists on Spotify

Read the NPR Review on gF Artist Tanya Tagaq 

Meet the Artists

The Jones Family Singers
Tanya Tagaq
Sain Tanveer Brothers
Just A Band
Blinky Bill

Check out gF’s video from SXSW 2014:

Read press from our previous SXSW Showcases:

Austin Statesman

Washington Post

Philadelphia Inquirer


Modern Ghana

globalFEST is on tour!

Next stop for gF On The Road: Creole Carnival

In keeping with our mission to increase the presence of global music across the US, gF is partnering with CAMI Music for its first tour to bring the gF experience across North America! Starting in February of 2016, the tour will feature the Reining Queen of Haitian songs, Emeline Michel, Rio’s innovative samba masters, Casuarina, and Jamaica’s one-stringed guitar virtuoso, Brushy One String. Stay tuned for updates!

gFOTR brings an innovative, carefully-curated program of international and U.S. based world and roots artists to your community. Events are designed for your festival or venue’s criteria and budget. For more information please email

Previous Road Trips

Beginning in the Spring of 2002, globalFest has expanded beyond the January festival to bring its curatorial vision to two continents and further fulfill its mission of spreading world music to new audiences!