In Albuquerque, all the world’s on stage | Music | – Santa Fe New Mexican

Although performers come from many hundreds of miles away To level out off their musical expertise at ¡Globalquerque!, some Discover your self feeling surprisingly at house in New Mexico.

That’s owing to the state’s distinctive geographic selection, says Tom Frouge, founder and director of Albuquerque’s annual celebration of world music and tradition. When a musician from Mali in western Africa carried out On the pageant A pair of yrs in the past, Frouge took him to tour pueblos Inside The world.

“He Checked out me and said, ‘This appears like house,’” Frouge says. “Intellectually, I acquired what he said, however then I went to Mali To go to him A few yrs later. And his house was Almost like [an] adobe.”

Frouge says such connections are An factor of what ¡Globalquerque! is about. The traditionally two-day pageant, which is in its 18th yr, expanded this yr To incorporate a free headphone opening dance celebration Thursday Evening time. (Dancers sporting headphones will hear music spun by on-website DJs as An factor of a “silent disco.”)

The pageant is again at full power after it shut down amid the pandemic in 2020 and was on-line-solely in 2021. This yr’s leisure lineup is Kiran Ahluwalia (India); Al Bilali Soudan (Mali); Arkai (Usa); Bazurto All Stars (Colombia); DakhaBrakha (Ukraine); Kolonien (Sweden); Madalitso Band (Malawi); Making Movies (Panama/Usa); Robert Mirabal (Taos Pueblo); Nueva Luna (New Mexico); Puuluup (Estonia); Sambou; Bette Smith [Usa]; Son Rompe Pera (Mexico); Adrian Wall Trio (Jemez Pueblo/Diné); Gili Yalo (Ethiopia); and Yamma Ensemble (Israel).

Frouge says that when he was contemplating launching a pageant in New Mexico Inside the early 2000s, currenters at pageants elsewhere urged him To maintain it in September. Their argument: The state of affairs Can be a bridge between summer time pageants Inside the Midwest and their fall counterparts on the West Coast.

“Now, that hasn’t utterly come to move, as a Outcome of we’re nonetheless Sort of an outlier; going by way of New Mexico Isn’t as straightforward as going into Denver.”

In consequence, whereas many world artists Might be Familiar with NY metropolis or Chicin the past, they’re Not sure What to anticipate from the Land of Enchantment.

Why not maintain it in its artsy northern neighbor?

“As quickly as I seemed On the demographics, it was apparent to me that Albuquerque, simply by [having A a lot greater] inhabitants, truly has extra cultural creatives than Santa Fe,” he says. “Additionally, the Nationbroad Hispanic Cultural Center is a jewel in New Mexico, And that i can’t even Think about one other [relevant] venue.”

Vox Sambou, who grew up in Haiti and lives in Montreal, has restricted expertise touring Inside the U.S. and says he has by no means viwebsited New Mexico. The MC who’s An factor of this yr’s festivities provides that he’ll maintain away from doing An extreme quantity of evaluation as a Outcome of, “I like, myself, to be surprised.”

He has An excellent deal of alternatives for surprises. Sambou says he carried out in Germany in April And might play in Brazil, then Senegal, following New Mexico. Collectively with English and Spanish, Sambou writes and performs in Creole, French, and Portuguese.

Sambou says he turned involved with the pageant after his agent met an organizer for it in NY metropolis.

Certainly, Frouge says he travels far and broad promoting the current. He recollects delivering a currentation in Beijing and being approached by a stranger who since has Wind up to be a good friend.

“He said, ‘You understand, I like Breaking Dangerous greater than Better Name Saul.’ I’m 4 hours south of the Yangtze River, and we’re talking about Breaking Dangerous,” Frouge says. “That’s so humorous. And I Checked out him and said, ‘You understand, there’s no such factor as blue meth.’”

▼ 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, by way of midEvening time Saturday, Sept. 24

▼ Nationbroad Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 Fourth St. SW, Albuquerque