Berlin, Germany – The WOMEX organization has announced the list
of conferences that will take place at the 2005 meeting. The Worldwide Music
Expo >WOMEX is
the largest international gathering for world music professionals. It is a great
networking point exclusively dedicated to world, roots, folk, ethnic,
traditional and local music of all kinds.
List of Conference Sessions:Simon Broughton
Editor of Songlines
Session title: World Music DVDs. Do they deliver?
Television is the ideal medium for a colorful genre like world music and the
DVD market is growing rapidly. You can go deep into the heart of a performance,
or witness the context in places you could never go. Good direction can convey
the dynamism and energy of a great live performance. But is there any sense in
filming world music on European stages? And who wants to watch a documentary
more than once? Can DVDs make commercial sense? A session that shows the best
and worst of recent DVDs and encourages opinions to be aired.
session title: Music as a development policy tool in Europe.
session subtitle: Can the music industry be an agent of economic development?
Recent economic literature emphasises the role of local culture to foster
innovation and development. The general idea is that regions or cities, to be
successful, need to attract and keep happy the people that come up with new
things, and this entails attaching a positive ethical value to things like
individualism, will to take risks, being “fringe”. Music is an excellent area in
which you can promote “creative ethos”. It commands enormous motivation; it
requires a great dose of entrepreneurship; it has almost no capital
Session title: Bhangramusic is it here to stay?
Session subtitle: History, Present & Future of Bhangra!
The session will look at the history of Bhangra. It will discuss the main labels
and artists. Discussions will also include marketing, distributions and
political problems. The role of the asian culture will also be discussed. We
will discuss the success of Panjabi MC, its implications on the Bhangra movement
and the future of the industry. We will look at the difficulties placed on the
industry and the misconceptions regarding Bhangra industry and the confusion
between Bollywood and Bhangria.
Session title: Has Britain failed its communities
Session subtitle: How the communities make Britain Funky
Bobby Friction Radio 1 DJ- John Pandit from ADF-Nitin Sawney- and Bhangra
artists to discuss the evolution of the contribution of Asian musicians in the
UK to the bigger movement and how it stands today, politically, socially and
culturally. We can discuss the movement in terms of global appeal yet why has it
not become an absolute part of British society especially in terms of timeline.
Robert Plant: Meet the artists
Session subtitle: World Music- the rock musician’s perspective
Robert Plant’s interest in world music, and particularly the music of West
Africa, is well known, and he featured in the film of The Festival of the Desert
in Northern Mali. In this conference session he will explore how his interest in
African music developed, and talk about the musicians who have played a key role
in this process.
Company Outro Brasil/Musician
Session title: Musical Scene in Recife and it´s traditional influences
Session subtitle: Relations between traditional music and the new productions
Recife is booming. Manny eyes are watching out to see what is happening
musically in Recife nowadays. Traditional fiddles, indigenous poliphonies, big
drums, improvised poetry are day by day taking part in the urban musical scene
while different clubs open their spaces to traditional groups from the
countryside. What are people in Recife doing with their roots music? Which are
the principal musical traditions involved in this process? Why so many
interesting and different ensembles are coming out everyday? How is the record
market working with all the alternative production? And what about the radios,
the TVs? These questions and others will be answered in the lecture.
UNESCO/Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity/Division of Arts and Cultural
Session title: Fine tuning music festivals
Session subtitle: Catalysts for creativity: making music festivals
The Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity brokers new partnerships between
public and private actors to support local cultural industries – such as music,
film and publishing – in developing countries. It works to increase the
availability of diverse, affordable cultural products worldwide, to prevent
piracy and to encourage respect for international copyright regulations. In the
framework of the Global Alliance, UNESCO aims to foster links between music
festivals from developing countries so as to facilitate knowledge sharing
through mentoring and training schemes.
Author: World Music Central News Department
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