WOMEX 2005, Largest World Music Conference a Winner

Newcastle, UK – With the ceremonial granting of the WOMEX Award
2005 to Zanzibar’s legendary
, the world’s biggest expo for World Music and global sounds came to
an end at The Sage Gateshead in Newcastle (UK) on Sunday, October 30. The
singer, well in her nineties yet still sporting a bonecrushing handshake,
received the honors in recognition of her more than 80 years of singing and
serving as a cultural mediator and advisor of the younger generations, including
on matters of sex and marriage, which make her a proper symbol of World Music’s
liberating and strengthening powers in general.This year’s edition of the leading international networking trade show of global
music at the Norman Foster designed music center The Sage Gateshead in Newcastle
Gateshead featured more than 2100 international professionals 500 musicians and
a sold out Showcase festival for regional music lovers and delegates alike. The
air of excitement sparked by the Festive Opening featuring legendary singer

Robert Plant
of Led Zeppelin fame continued with singers

Natacha Atlas

Mariem Hassan
and many more.

During daytime, the WOMEX professionals among them more than 400 journalists
met with exhibitors on more than
Trade Fair stands (booths). The decision makers of labels, concert promoters,
agents, cultural institutions, the media
nd other sectors gathered from countries to spread the sound tracks of
antiglobalization. Showcased during the five days of the fair were 55 concerts
presenting artists from 36 countries on 4 stages 35 speakers in 27 Conference
sessions and 12 films in the fourth WOMEX Film Market/IMZ Film Screenings.

WOMEX’s media partner Mondomix put together WOMEX TV and provided for the
first time instant coverage of many things happening during WOMEX on the plasma
screens in The Sage Gateshead. The Mondomix day-by-day webcast of what was going
on during the edition 2005 the virtual Concerthall is available at


This year’s official WOMEX photographer, Koh Okabe (Tokyo, Japan), has a
digital exhibition available at his own homepage

The next WOMEX, in 2006, will be held in

(Sevilla in Spanish), Spain. For more information about the world
music scene in Seville, click


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Author: World Music Central News Department

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