Artists

Season 4: 2018

Dina Elwedidi 2 Daf photo James Duncan Davidson
Giza
A sophisticated and compelling musical innovator of Egyptian heritage and contemporary identity. Dina Elwedidi channels the heritage and contemporary...
Kurbasy12, Andriy Kyshchun
Lviv
From the Carpathian Mountains, Kurbasy traces contemporary connections to an archaic past. Lviv, the eons-old Carpathian hub, holds Ukraine’s cultural...
Mohamed Abozekry & Karkadé
Cairo
Virtuoso oud prodigy convenes Egypt’s popular and classical music traditions, Sufi calls, and secular poetry with a new instrumental project. Mohamed...
TseSho, A.Mantach
Kyiv
A rambunctious super-charged puppet cabaret from Kyiv Trolls prowl and conflicts rage in online propaganda. External actors force themselves across...
Youssra El Hawary portrait by David Degner
Cairo
A Musical bellwether of everyday life, capturing the stories of Cairo and the charged alchemy of the Mediterranean basin. Youssra El Hawary’s socially...

Season 3: 2016-2017

Democratoz FB in perf photo w flag
Oran
Hard grooving reggae, rai & rock from cosmopolitan Oran Democratoz lays down hard-grooving reggae, rai & rock with all the ecstasy and defiance of...
Ifrikya Spirit
Algiers
Tranced-out diwan sounds from Algiers, gathered under a big musical tent In Algeria, cultures of city dwellers and Arabic speakers, Amazigh villagers...
ISTIJMAM (Actors photo)
Oran
Gritty, intimate theater confronts the destiny of today's Algeria Istijmam, a collaborative of theater makers, moves outward from the manifestos of...
Jagwa Music 3, Credit Werner Graebner
Dar es Salaam
From the streets of Dar es Salaam, Jagwa Music brings the noise Speed, heat, and swagger. Tanzania's 7-piece Jagwa Music bangs out a hard-won...
On stage Saada Nassor
Zanzibar
A renewed taarab reinvigorates Zanzibar's syncretic signature sound Taarab music has defined Zanzibar's aural landscape for over a century, renowned...
Coke Studio Season 4 Episode 3 Sanam Marvi
Hyderabad
Vocal warrior Sanam Marvi is the next, great diviner of South Asia's humanist, folk, and Sufi texts With compelling interpretations that draw deeply...
SoK FB photo 1 full band red Ahsan center
Karachi
10-piece super group creates a sonic highway from Ragas to the Blues Like an Indian Ocean blast from the seaport megacity it calls home, Sounds of...

Season 2: 2014

arabesque
Ho Chi Minh City
Sweeping contemporary dance reveals the cycles of Vietnamese life... Realism merges with symbolic movement when seven dancers conjure agrarian cycles...
Fleur d'Orange
Casablanca
Captivating movement traces layers of gender, culture, history, and ancestry... Riveting solo movement by choreographer-dancer Hind Benali accompanied...
hoba square
Casablanca
Crowd-wowing, thought-provoking Morocc'n Roll fresh from the Maghreb This “sharp, vibrant, and very nearly universal” band (Washington Post) is...
khu
Peshawar
Transfixing, hyper-folk jams with rich and deep Pushtoon roots... With its propulsive, furious sound, Khumariyaan "The Intoxicators" has reawakened...
Poor Rich Boy
Lahore
Discreetly subversive indie rock exposes the inner life of urban pakistan Poor Rich Boy, Pakistan’s underground indie-art rock phenomenon, conjures...
ribab
Agadir
A big dose of Amazigh funk, powered by a single (ribab) string... A feverishly funky sign of a new era, Ribab Fusion celebrates Morocco’s Amazigh...
Tri Minh's Quartet
Hanoi
Avant sounds of electronica, acoustic instruments, and Vietnamese motifs Sophisticated, versatile and lithe, Tri Minh’s Quartet binds electronica,...

Season 1: 2012

Arieb Azhar
Islamabad
Sharp eloquence, humanist politics, and mystic poetries are given a global voice by Arieb Azhar and his band from Islamabad, Pakistan. Defying an easy...
BelO by Frederic Dupoux
Pétion-Ville
BélO has been hailed as Haiti's musical ambassador to the world. An outspoken groove innovator, he interweaves the Afro-Caribbean depths of Haitian...
Compagnie de Danse Jean-René Delsoin
Pétion-Ville
This company of high-powered dancers and drummers, led by choreographer Jean-René Delsoin, cultivate a nuanced, sophisticated view of Haitian culture....
Jogja Hip Hop Foundation
Yogyakarta
If there was still any doubt that hip hop is truly a global culture, look no further than Indonesia's Hip Hop Foundation (JHF). Recognized as one...
Nan Jombang Dance Company. Image  Fiona Cullen 0068
Padang
Hailing from the island of Sumatra, apart from Indonesia's dominant cultures, Nan Jombang is a family of artists whose work describes a compelling mix...
Noori
Lahore
Led by charismatic brothers, Ali Hamza and Ali Noor, along with powerhouse drummer and producer Louis "Gumby" Pinto, noori's first Urdu-language album...
Papermoon Puppet Theatre
Yogyakarta
In a country renowned for its puppetry traditions, Papermoon Puppet Theatre is a young, contemporary standout. Papermoon draws on a variety of...
TI-COCA & WANGA-NÈGÈS
Port-au-Prince
Masters of Haiti's twoubadou (troubadour) tradition, Ti-Coca and his band, Wanga-Nègès perform with a straightforward and utterly committed joy. The...
Very Live
Karachi
Danish Ali, a doe-eyed MD turned punster, and improv comedy frontrunner and viral sensation Ali Gul Pir will tell you: There's no lack of material for...
Zeb & Haniya
Lahore
Cousins, lifelong friends and longtime musical collaborators, Zeb and Haniya bring a highly listenable, global sensibility to earthy originals and...