World Music at Sziget Global Village

In Budapest

The Global Village at Sziget Festival once again offers a colorful extravaganza of world music, where we can enjoy joyful gatherings featuring Mexican cumbia punk or ethno-punk from Slovakia, an English band inspired by Celtic and Gypsy styles, Greek ethno ska-rock, and a collaboration of a French group with a Pakistani qawwali singer. There will also be a breathtaking circus performance from India and spectacular giant puppets, inviting the audience to dance along with the accompaniment of a giraffe, a zebra, and two beautiful birds.

Once again, the Global Village stage has invited the best of world music from the Balkans to South America, Mali to Korea and India to the Middle East. The programme features a variety of local idiosyncrasies, unique rhythms, languages, and instruments, while the musical styles range from traditional soundscapes to electronic music. During the day, there are music workshops and of course concerts, so you can play, make music and dance at any time of the day. 

The warm-up starts with a salsa lesson by the Budapest-based Stéfania Allstars, followed by caliploscopic music by Kobo Town from Trinidad, Canada, Band Son Rompe Pera from Mexico, representing the Mexican cumbia punk style, and Bohemian Betyars, a favorite of Hungarian youth, who play folk-ska-punk hits.

The Global Village program takes you on a trip around the world. From Odessa, Kommuna Lux and the Canadian-based Ukrainian project Balaklava Blues will be playing their free tunes, from Norway, the up-and-coming progressive folk band Gangar, and from Slovakia, Varkocs will be exploring with their ethno-punk drumming.

The Parisian band of gypsy singer Marcela, the German multicultural band Lakvar and the French-Greek Deli Teli's musical cocktail of 60s rock'n'roll and traditional Greek tsifteteli show the diversity of nations. The English band The Langan Band has a new pan-European album inspired by Celtic and gypsy styles. Ti'Kanikifrom the island of Réunion will be on hand, but there will also be the chance to go wild at the crazy performance of Estonian duo Puuluup or pogo at a concert by Greek ethno ska-rock artist Koza Mostra.

The joyous Belgian brass band Orchestre International du Vetex will also be on hand to welcome you. And if Vinicio Capossela's name doesn't ring a bell at first, trust the Italian festival-goers who won't want to miss his performance. Several artistic collaborations will also take place on the Sziget, such as the French Alright Mela's collaboration with Pakistani Qawwali singer Shahzad Santoo Khan, or the American-French-Lebanese-Armenian collective Al-Qasar, who will return to their roots to play "Arabic fusion". From the Middle East comes the new Israeli Balkan-Klezmer band Pulkes, who grew up on Besh o droM, as well as the well-known Anna RF with their eastern electro-ethnic reggae tunes.

Among the national acts, the reggae band Manaky and the ethno-dark-rock band Mordái will visit the festival. There will also be a variety of African music styles, with roots duo Madalitso Band taking you to Malawi, dancing Bamba Wassoulou Groove evoking the hot nights of Bamako, and Mali diva Djely Tapa, who will surprise you with a charismatic performance.

Lass, the "new Youssou N'Dour", will take you to Senegal, and the BCUC will take you to South Africa. ADG7 combines South Korean traditional music with flashy pop and also will be here the Barrut, seven singers and a percussionist who find the source for their magnetic and wild songs in the vocal polyphonies of the French region of Occitania.

And to make sure it's not just about the music, Circus Raj from India will bring a breathtaking performance of acrobats, musicians, tightrope walkers and a fakir to wow the audience. This show is a colorful mix of daring, drama, traditional tunes, and bravado! The Congo Massa giant puppets of the French company Archibald Caramantran will also invite you to dance, accompanied by a giraffe, a zebra, and two beautiful birds.

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