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Global Sounds Music Festival brings international music to Columbia

Saturday, April 30, 2011 | 6:38 p.m. CDT; updated 7:19 p.m. CDT, Saturday, April 30, 2011
Stef Lang performs at Global Sounds Music Festival on Saturday, April 30, 2011, at the corner of Sixth and Elm Street. The festival was free to the general public and put on by MU's Department of Student Activities.

COLUMBIA — Music styles from around the world resonated through the District on Saturday afternoon and drew Columbia residents to Peace Park for the Global Sounds Music Festival.

The Missouri Students Association and Graduate Professional Council hosted the festival from 1 to 11 p.m. in Peace Park. This was the first outdoor festival sponsored by the group, and it allowed people to listen to live international music for free.

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Chelsea George, senior chair of the MSA College Music Committee, said the idea was to host a performance by DJ Rekha, who fuses Indian bhangra with hip-hop. The idea expanded from there.

The festival featured five groups. DJ Rekha was the headliner. MU student Sam Lin opened the event, followed by Anthony Snape, The Elders, Stef Lang and Funkadesi.

George said she expected a couple thousand people would attend. Around 3:30 p.m., attendees were passing through and stopping to listen. Katie Grant was one of them.

“I was downtown, saw the stage and decided to stay for the music,” Grant says.

Anthony Snape’s performance prompted contrasting audience reactions. Some attendees sat on the ground or stood and watched the show. Others were closer to the front of the stage, continuously dancing.

Deborah McGrath, one festival-goer, swayed and jumped to the sounds of Anthony Snape.

“(His music) has a good blend of fast and slow,” McGrath said. She had not heard of Anthony Snape before and said she was pleasantly surprised.

Between sets, some people drifted over to the Heinkel parking lot to watch bike polo. Bike poloist Charlie Hill describes this team sport as a mix between horse polo and street hockey. Only six can play at a time, but more than six had gathered to play.

“Whoever isn’t playing will probably move around and check the music out,” Hill said.

Festival-goers also perused the booths of social justice, sustainability and culture-related MU groups.

Catherine Lentz, event attendee, said, “We should have more events to learn about different cultures and interact with other cultures.” 


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