The Australasian World Music Expo (AWME) will take place in Melbourne from 19-22 November, 2009. Now in its second year, AWME is the Australia-Pacific region’s premier music industry conference and showcase of Indigenous, roots and world music, and a major event which cements Melbourne’s reputation as Australia’s live music capital.
Performing at AWME 2009 will be Blue King Brown, Archie Roach, The Pigram Brothers (Australia), Toguna (Reunion Islands/France), Batucada Sound Machine (New Zealand), Dya Singh World Music Group and Djan Djan featuring Jeff Lang (Australia), Mamadou Diabate (Mali) and Bobby Singh (India/Australia), Little Bushman (New Zealand), Tumi (South Africa), Shakura Stringband (Vanuatu), Grace Barbe (Seychelles/Australia), Mihirangi (New Zealand/Australia), Tama Waipara (New Zealand), Moab Stringband (Papua New Guinea), Noreum Machi (South Korea), Laya Film Project (India), Narasirato Pan Pipes (Solomon Islands), Public Opinion Afro Orchestra and San Lazaro, plus many other exciting local and international artists to be announced.
AWME is a unique event which has been described as the South by South West of world and Indigenous music. By day, AWME is a trade fair which attracts some of the world’s most prominent and influential festival bookers, talent agents, record labels and media for workshops, panel discussions and industry networking. Confirmed international delegates this year include representatives from Winnipeg Folk Festival, Glastonbury Festival, Festival Mundial, Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, Sakifo Musik Festival, Auckland Festival, Sfinks Festival Belgium and the Cumbancha and Putumayo world music labels, among many more.
Delegates registrations are now open via the AWME website (awme.com.au) and music industry professionals from around Australia are encouraged to register. Being a delegate gives artist managers, event managers, record labels, and other professionals working in the world, indigenous and folk/roots music industry, the opportunity to network and gain valuable insights from the movers and shakers on the international world music scene.