Since 2005, this multicultural performance series – a sister to the annual summer Concert of Colors world music festival in Midtown Detroit – has offered high-quality presentations for fans of traditional and modern global performing arts and those with adventurous cultural appetites.

Tickets for Global Fridays performances are $15 general public and $10 AANM Members. Get them in advance online; also available at the door. All performances take place at the Arab American National Museum. Free, lighted parking is available in the municipal lot north of the Museum. 

Visit the artist’s website HERE

Watch a video HERE

8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24
SINKANE (funk/rock)
+ youth workshop

Ahmed Abdullahi Gallab, leader of Sinkane, uses a disciplined mind and an artistic heart to unite rhythms and styles from his native Sudan with East and West African influences. The universal soul music – stylistically nostalgic and simultaneously ultramodern – urges audiences to move, relate and be. Joining Gallab are bandmates Jaytram, Ish Montgomery, Jonny Lam, Elenna Canlas and Amanda Khiri as they tour in support of their latest release, Life & Livin’ It.

At 6:30 p.m. Gallab leads a youth workshop on art and identity.

Presented in partnership with Take on Hate.

Visit the artist’s website HERE

Watch a video HERE

8 p.m. Friday, March 24
RAHIM ALHAJ: Letters from Iraq with Michigan Philharmonic

Iraqi-born, Grammy Award-nominated oud virtuoso and composer Rahim AlHaj gives voice to the unheard and vulnerable with his 2017 Smithsonian Folkways recording Letters from Iraq, a poignant telling of war, aftermath and consequences. For this Global Fridays presentation, AlHaj and members of the Michigan Philharmonic paint musical scenes of devastation, pain, redemption and hope from the upcoming recording.

The Michigan Philharmonic, a fully professional orchestra under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Nan Washburn, performs concerts throughout Southeast Michigan. The orchestra has earned five ASCAP awards from the League of American Orchestras for Adventurous Programming.


Watch a video HERE.

8 p.m. Friday, April 21
SAMMY DELEON + His Latin Jazz Ensemble (salsa)
+ salsa dance workshop

Thirty-year veteran percussionist Sammy DeLeon and his crew love sharing the history and characteristics of their music with audiences. Latin jazz, salsa and merengue – the latter originating in the Dominican Republic – comprise a highly danceable set led by DeLeon, once described by Latin music legend Tito Puente as “the hottest and most innovative timbalero.”

Ticket holders may enjoy a 6:30 p.m. salsa dance workshop led by instructor Mambo Marci. 

Presented in partnership with BombaRica and made possible in part by the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC).



Visit the artist’s website HERE.

Watch a video HERE

8 p.m. Friday, May 26
ODDISEE & Good Compny with Olivier St. Louis (hip hop) + Q&A   SOLD OUT!

The hypnotic lure of the beats led Maryland’s Amir Mohamed to abandon visual art for hip hop. Performing as part of Washington, D.C.’s Low Budget Crew, the Sudanese American artist now called Oddisee recorded with DJ Jazzy Jeff, who returned the favor by mixing Oddisee’s 2006 solo debut release, Foot in the Door (Halftooth). Oddisee’s most recent release, 2015’s The Good Fight, is driven by social commentary and retro soul. His AANM performance is his only scheduled concert in Michigan and is part of his 2017 world tour in collaboration with the release of his new album, The Iceberg (Mello Music Group), set to drop in stores on Feb. 24, 2017.

The concert will be followed by a Q&A and meet & greet. 

This concert will be standing room only (disabled seating available) and will take place in The Annex @ AANM

Presented in partnership with We Found Hip Hop. 


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