“Celebration of Culture”: Globalquerque on a Small Scale! brings US-based world music artists to two stages

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Din / San Carlos Apache musician Sage Bond will perform at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

Nowadays, Tom Frouge knows how to pivot.

As the mastermind behind the annual Globalquerque! Musical event, Frouge rode with him to prepare for the festival.

“It was different from any other year,” he says with a chuckle. “We have undergone a lot of changes due to health regulations at the start of planning for the event.”

Frouge will be able to breathe a sigh of relief as the festival takes place at the Hispanic National Cultural Center on Friday September 17 and Saturday September 18.

The festival will be smaller than in previous years due to ongoing health ordinances.

Despite this, Frouge is delighted to have a festival in person.

“We generally have three stages, but we have reduced it to two stages which will be side by side in the Plaza Mayor,” explains Frouge. “The public will then be able to be in a single space rather than moving around as in previous years. “

Another challenge for Frouge was to get musicians to play. Globalquerque! is known for bringing the world to Albuquerque with the artists selected to perform. With travel restrictions still in place across the world, Frouge has again pivoted.

He found world music artists living in the United States.

This year’s lineup includes Moh Alileche (Algeria), Sage Bond (Diné / San Carlos Apache), Maria De Barros (Cabo Verde), Kaethe Hostetter (USA / Ethiopia), Gingee (Philippines), Newpoli (Italy), Yacouba Sissoko (Mali), Fely Tchaco (Ivory Coast), Tuvergen Band (Mongolia) and The Globalquerque! Latin stars.

Globalquerque! also offers three free on-demand outreach programs, available at globalquerque.org.

Although the event is reduced this year, Frouge hosted an event that still brings the world to Albuquerque.

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“We are focused on celebrating culture,” he says. “We’ve brought together some of the world’s most compelling US-based musical groups. Many countries are represented and it will be a celebration.

During the event, there will also be food for purchase at Jambo Cafe, Munchie Truck, and Street Food Institute, and drinks at Santa Fe Brewing Co. and Vivác Winery.

Frouge says the event will return to its usual madness in 2022.

He says this year’s event will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within the past 48 hours.

“We will also have rapid tests on site,” he says. “We want the event to be as safe as possible for everyone while enjoying wonderful music.”

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