January 20th, 2022 Last Updated on: January 20th, 2022
This week, New York festival globalFEST and NPR Music kicked off the second annual Tiny Desk meets globalFEST, a three-night series featuring exclusive performances from amazing artists from all over the world. One of those artists, Northern Cree, is a nine-time GRAMMY-nominated powwow and round dance group from Treaty Six territory with 50 albums to their credit.
The group was formed in 1982 by Charles Wood Jr., Earl Wood, Randy Wood, and Steve Wood. Northern Cree performs at festivals and hosts pow wows with eight to 20 singers. The group is led by Steve Wood and includes Joel Wood, Marlon Deschamps, Shane Dion, Marcus Denny, Leroy Whitstone, Marvin Deschamps, Jordon Fiddler, Emerson Samson, Penny McGilvery, Dezi Chocan, Randall Paskemin, Jamon Paskemin, Gilbert Buffalo, Desmond Redcalf, JonasTootoosis, Ben Cardinal, Kyle Pasquay ak, Shaina McGilvery, and Jayzer Littlewolfe.
Since 1999, Northern Cree has earned a total of 44 nominations and 18 awards for their music.
Watch Northern Cree's Tiny Desk performance below.
Launched in 2021, Tiny Desk meets globalFEST was created as a response to the pandemic and the hardening of international borders. According to globalFEST co-curator and co-founder Bill Bragin:
Last year, our longtime friends at NPR Music saved the day with the inaugural Tiny Desk meets globalFEST series, introducing the festival to hundreds of thousands of new fans.
The series was originally slated to return as both the Tiny Desk series and at New York’s Webster Hall on January 16, but organizers canceled the live event due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.
According to Tiny Desk founder and host Bob Boilen:
For the past dozen years, the globalFEST team has meant so much to me, curating memorable nights of brilliant discoveries from around the world. Last year, we teamed up to bring those magical moments to people's homes all over our planet. I think this tradition will have a long life and a meaningful one to artists and audiences.
globalFEST is a festival like no other: for almost two decades, it has showcased musicians from more than 80 countries to sold-out audiences annually in January, serving as an important source of discovery for active music fans and performing arts professionals, who are typically in New York for performing arts conferences and festivals currently umbrellaed under JanArtsNYC. A true celebration, globalFEST has been crucial to the trajectory of many notable artists, including Antibalas, Amythyst Kiah, Combo Chimbita, Kidjo, Emel Mathlouthi, Martha Redbone, Red Baraat and more.
Since the launch of NPR Music's Tiny Desk concert series in 2008, more than 900 performances have been recorded at the Tiny Desk—Boilen's festive workspace at NPR headquarters. At the heart of these beloved concerts, seen by 16 million viewers per month, is a passion for music discovery, making it an unparalleled stage for artists of every kind.
If you liked Northern Cree's Tiny Desk Performance, check out their 2017 GRAMMYs performance!
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