World and Rock Showcases at Mercat de Música Viva de Vic 2005

Vic, Spain – The 17th edition of the Mercat de Música Viva de
Vic (MMVV) will take place 15th – 18th September. A half hundred concerts will
be presented in 7 stages around the city. Artists from sixteen countries are
represented in the program. For this edition and as newness the MMVV presents
thematic nights sessions:

Musicians from Morocco and Catalonia (Spain) will present “Connexió Argan“,
a co production between MMVV and the Festival Timitar of Agadir. The concert
will be presented at the Cinema Vigatà stage. The artists are: Xavier Maureta,
Driss El Maloumi, Rachid Zeroual, Albert Bover, Llibert Fortuny, Lhocine Baqir
and Raimon Ferrer.The same day, at night, the project: Made in Barcelona (a CD featuring 30
Catalan indie rock bands). Four of these bands: Ovni, Unfinished Sympathy,
Standstill and Sidonie will be at the Sucre’s stages.

On Friday at the Plaça Major’s stage: “Festival Habana Blues“.
Live presentation the three bands from the film Habana Blues, by the
Spanish director Benito Zambrano. The film is showed in all Spanish theatres.
The urban and emergent music from the Cuban underground scene: Qvba Libre, Free
Hole Negro and Habana Blues Band.

The latest thematic session, on Saturday at Sucre’s stages: “Música y
“, artists from three different countries in Latin America. La
Bruja (Mexico), the hip-hop bands Tiro de Gracia (Chile) and Vagos y Maleantes
(Venezuela), and Haze (Andalusia-Spain). They have in common the importance of
the lyrics in their songs.

To round off the program, many international concerts by

(Sweden), Los de Abajo (Mexico), Alberto Rojo (Argentina), Liliana
Herrero (Argentina) Puente Celeste (Argentina), Bevano Est (Italy), Mauro Pagani
(Italy), Mostar Sevdah Reunion & Ljiljana Buttler (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Rassegna

Mariem Hassan
(Western Sahara), Aïwa (France), Achanak (UK),
Mady Diabate
(Cuba), Gabriel Yacoub (France) and Marenostrum (Portugal).

There will also be artists from Spain: Son de la Frontera
(Andalusia), Xarnege (Basque Country), Alós Quartet (Basque Country), Couscous
Party (Aragon), as well as local Catalan acts:

, Les Violines, Víctor Bocanegra, La Kinky Beat, Gossos, Quintet
Zirkus, Tactum, Morphing, Mishima, La Folata, Aufgang, Duo Ganzer Salleras, La
Cava Big Band and Notícia del Regne de Mallorques.

During the day at the trade fair there will be 2 stages to present 19 showcases
with exhibitors’ proposals; exclusively for professionals and press registered
at MMVV. This program will be published on the website end of July.

International delegations from Mexico, Brazil, The Netherlands, Belgium, and
Argentina will attend the MMVV. Allso, the members of the European Forum
of Worldwide Music Festivals (EFWM) will convene for their annual general

Registration forms, hotel reservation and advert in the official guide, are
available directly from

For more information: Phone: +34 93 883 31 00 or

[Photo: 1 – Mariem Hassan, 2 – Garmarna].

Author: World Music Central News Department

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