These days, Tom Fredd knows how to pivot.
As the mastermind behind the annual Globalquerque! music event, Frouge rode with him to prepare for the festival.
“It was different from all the other years,” he laughs. “We went through many changes due to health regulations early in the planning of the event.”
Frouge can breathe a sigh of relief as the festival takes place at the National Hispanic Cultural Center on Friday, September 17 and Saturday, September 18.
The festival will be more restricted than in previous years due to current health regulations.
Despite this, Frouge is thrilled to have an in-person festival.
“We usually have three stages, but we have reduced the number to two stages which will be side by side in the Plaza Mayor”, explains Frouge. “The public will then be able to be in one space rather than walking around like in previous years.”
Another challenge for Frouge was getting musicians to play. Globalquerque! is known for bringing the world to Albuquerque with the artists selected to perform. With travel restrictions still in place around the world, Frrouge has pivoted again.
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 (Phillippines), Newpoli (Italy), Yacouba Sissoko (Mali), Fely Tchaco (Ivory Coast), Tuvergen Band (Mongolia) and The Globalquerque! Latin All-Stars.
Globalquerque! also offers three free on-demand outreach programs available at globalquerque.org.
Although the event is scaled down this year, Frouge has hosted an event that still brings the world to Albuquerque.
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“We focus on celebrating culture,” he says. “We’ve rounded up some of the most compelling US-based global music acts. Many countries are represented, and it will be a party.
During the event, there will also be food for purchase from Jambo Cafe, Munchie Truck and Street Food Institute, and beverages from Santa Fe Brewing Co. and Vivác Winery.
Frrouge 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 last 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.”