10/01/2019 | Le Bureau Export Paris

USA | Wavelengths and GlobalFEST Review (New York – 3/6 janvier 2019)

Le Bureau Export New York took part in two major events dedicated to World music: 

  • APAP‘s pre-conference, Wavelengths – an event co-produced by GlobalFEST and PR-agency Rock Paper Scissors
  • GlobalFEST, one of the main US festival dedicated to world musics.


Wavelenghts is a free conference, adressing independant artists and foreign professionals, who are looking to develop their projects on the American market. Among the participants, there were many professionals offering consulting services to the participating artists, specialized attorneys in Human Rights and Immigration, booking agents and promoters.

These two days of meetings hightlighted the ethical questions at work in the world music market and questionned the role of the artist within the industry. The event triggered tangible talks about artist’s wages – the talks were moderated by independant artists, managers, or owners and managing directors of live venues. The event also raised the question of representativity and gender-relationship within the music industry.


On Sunday, the 6th of January, GlobalFEST offered an international line-up on three stages of the Copacabana Times Square – one of New York’s iconic nightclub. The line-up gathered up Brasilian, Cuban, Canadian, Indian and Caribbean acts. Again this year, Le Bureau Export New York was a partner of the event and supported the ‘made-in-France’ act BCUC – Bantu Continua Uhuru Conscousness. The band encountered a popular success, performing to a full venue and in front of many music professionals and journalists.

Read out New York Times’ review of GlobalFEST, entitled “At GlobalFEST, a World of Music, Costume and Messages