This year’s version of The Womeximizer contains 20 tracks. The Womeximizer 2010 features some of the artists that recently showcased at WOMEX 2010 in Copenhagen. The most familiar name is the renowned Finnish accordionist Maria Kalaniemi, showcasing her melancholic new work from the album Vilda Rosor (Aito Records, 2010).
Another familiar name, although more recent, is China’s Mamer. Although Mamer‘s showcase was canceled, he is one of the most interesting artists to arrive to the world music scene in recent years. The piece ‘Iligai’ is from his outstanding album Eagle (Real World Records, 2009).
Lesser known artists on the CD that caught my attention include the powerful and funky Bavarian brass of LaBrassBanda, with a piece from their album Ubersee (Trikont, 2009); innovative Argentine sensation Tremor with a track from Viajante (2008); the mesmerizing piece ‘Hichki’ by Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Musicians of Rajasthan from the album Desert Slide (Sense World Music, 2006); the Afro-Colombian beats of Sexteto Tabalá de Palenque from coastal Colombia.
There is also the transfixing shamanistic dub sounds of mystery by Siberian band OMFO from the album Omnipresence (2009); the uplifting new folk sounds of Denmark’s Phønix from their album Folk (Go Danish Folkmusic, 2007); the wonderful laid back sounds of Fula musician Malick Pathé Sow from the album Maayo Men (Muziekpublique, 2009); the vibrant bagpipes and beautiful willow flutes of Norwegian musician Elisabeth Vatn from her album Piper on the Roof (Heilo/Grappa, 2009); and the unreleased music of Serbian ensemble Svetlana Spajic Group.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.