|A night when all the world's onstage |
|JON PARELES NYT SYNDICATE TH E world w a s f u s e d a t Globalfest held recently. The soldout event at Webster Hall was the ninthannual world-music showcase, timed to coincide with the Association of Performing Arts Presenters' annual convention: 12 acts from 5 continents.
At Globalfest the old image of world music as ethnomusicological finds — pure local styles directly imported from out-of-the-way places — has given way to a more worldly music, played by artists who self-consciously decide what to mix. They select from their own heritage and countless other possibilities; after all, they've got Internet connections themselves.
The singer Mayra Andrade was one cosmopolitan paradigm. She was born in Cuba to a family from Cape Verde; her stepfather was an ambassador, and she grew up in Cape Verde, Senegal, Angola, Germany and France, but also loved Brazilian music. Her set hinted at all of it. Her band played lean, percussive syncopations tinged with samba, jazz or Cape Verdean funana; her voice, dusky and leisurely, glided over the bumpy rhythms with sultry aplomb, like a plush hovercraft.
|Golden Globes crown a GALAXY OF NEW TV STARS |
|JILL SERJEANT REUTERS THE Golden Globes crowned a new galaxy of television stars on Sunday, honouring a slew of shows in their first season and leaving old favourites out in the cold psychological thriller Homeland, which premiered on cable channel Showtime in October, won best TV drama series and best actress for Claire Danes in her role as a suspicious bi-polar CIA agent tracking a possible home-grown terrorist.
"It feels completely unreal. The shows were so amazing this year and [given] the work done in TV these days, to have won the award is just beyond belief," Howard Gordon, co-producer of the tense post September 11 drama, told reporters backstage.
Only Modern Family retained its Golden Globe trophy from last year. The ABC mockumentary beat off challenges from Fox's New Girl and previous favourite Glee to win best TV comedy series for a second consecutive year. But the absence of AMC critical darling Mad Men, off the air in 2011 and ineligible because of a contract dispute, threw the drama categories wide open.
Former Frasier actor Kelsey Grammer, in a new guise as ruthless mayor in the dark Starz drama Boss, took home the best drama actor trophy, and Jessica Lange was honoured for her supporting role as a disturbed neighbour in the FX haunted house saga American Horror Story.
|Angelina Jolie to be part of Almodovar's film |
|ACTRESS Angelina Jolie managed to extract a promise from Spanish director Pedro Almodovar during an event in Los Angeles for directors competing for the Golden Globes for best foreign language film that he would include her in one of his future projects.
Jolie interrupted an interview she was doing at the entrance of Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre to ask Almodovar, who was arriving, for a role in one of his future films. "When are you going to give me a part? Someday?" Jolie asked the director of Hable con ella (2002). "Don't worry, you're young," a surprised Almodovar replied.