A Kaleidoscope of Sound, Food & Art
King Tide, Alice Terry, The Crooked Fiddle Band, The Strides with Afro Moses Homage to Fela Kuti, Alphamama, San Lazaro and Afrobrasiliana Soundsystem
Global Rhythms Music Festival celebrates a kaleidoscope of world music when a diverse set of musicians hit the big outdoor stage at Glebe’s Bicentennial Park onSunday 24 September.
On the scenic waterfront, music lovers will hear top live performers - King Tide, the Strides, Alphamama, The Crooked Fiddle Band and San Lazaro, along with artists making their mark, like powerhouse blues diva, Alice Terry. The musical smorgasbord spans reggae, Afrobeats, R&B, hip hop, jazz and blues to Latin, folk and more.
Tony ‘Happy Sufferer’ Hughes, front man of King Tide, Australia’s premier original rock steady reggae band, says to expect “…up-town, jam down, rock steady reggae that’s got soul.” After playing the previous day at Moruya, Hughes says, “…we will be arriving off the road and into the pit. We’ll be tuned and ready to go where ever the flow goes. Anything could happen.”
Anticipating the buzz of the festival stage, is entrepreneurial artist Alphamama. The singer, known for her raw performances and hard-hitting rap verses, is excited to be playing with a band of musicians that she loves. “Lately I’ve been doing a lot of solo shows but having the energy of other amazing musicians on stage is something I wanted to bring for this event,” says Alphamama. “We’re combining all of my favourite grooves and playing the new stuff in different arrangements. It’s going to be fun!”
Festival Director of Global Rhythms, Tony Smythe has put together a line up that he says can’t be found at any other festival in Australia. “We look for bands we think are on the way up such as Alice Terry and San Lazaro and we’re also interested in acts pushing boundaries like Alphamama and The Crooked Fiddle Band,” says Smythe. “We’re proud of our support for Australian artists especially female performers because we’re aware of the way in which some festivals tend to forget that woman make music as well!”
A highlight for Smythe will the tribute performance to legendary pioneer of Afrobeats, Fela Kuti. “I love one-off collaborations of acts you simply can’t see every weekend. This year we’ve gone for The Strides with Afro Moses Homage to Fela Kuti. The Strides first played at Global Rhythms in 2011 and we’ve had this special performance in mind ever since. This will be on in prime time too when our audience is biggest!”
Attractions off the main stage include international food stalls, with Middle Eastern Markets being the gastronomic star and plenty of entertainment for kids (the 12s and under get in free).