World Music Expo WOMEX 2017 concluded today, Sunday, October 29, with a performance by Malian singer Oumou Sangaré, who received this year’s WOMEX Artist Award. The concert was part of a closing ceremony in Katowice’s grand concert hall NOSPR that also honored WOMEX 2017 Award winners Petr Dorůžka (Professional Excellence Award) and Glitterbeat (WOMEX Label Award).
Attendance this year encompassed 2600 professionals (including 303 performing artists) from 90 countries representing 1400 companies.
WOMEX 2018 will take place October 24 – 28 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain.
The World Music Expo, WOMEX opened last night, October 25, 2017 in Katowice, Silesia, Poland. The official WOMEX Opening Concert was dedicated this year to the roots and branches of Polish folk music’s past, present and future.
Three of the region’s cutting-edge folk music ensembles collaborated on their own compositions with the Aukso Chamber Orchestra, as they became the first Western art orchestra to grace the WOMEX stage.
The artists that performed were:
Aukso Chamber Orchestra conducted by Marek Mos
The WOMEX 17 Opening was supported by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.
The World Music Expo (WOMEX) program will be screening a set of world music-related film documentaries from around the globe to the delegates and public alike. Filmmakers will be available to present their new work and strengthen the ties of the global music film scene.
Julian Chalde & Andrés Mayo will present Charco – Songs from the Rio de la Plata, a discovery into the origins of rioplatense song; Maciek Bochniak, Mikolaj Pokromski and Francis Falceto will introduce Ethiopiques – Revolt of the Soul as a market screening before its upcoming world premiere; Vincent Moon & Priscilla Telmon are arranging a series of Hibridos short films, an experimental study of current day spiritual cults in Brazil; and Lisa Nordström & Pether Lindgren are showcasing Sonica Sequence an audio-visual film experience about connecting through the universal language of music rather than speech and are officially closing this year’s Film Program at WOMEX.
Other screenings include A story of Sahel Sounds, Ayny – My Second Eye, Sonido Mestizo – The Nu LatAm Sound Ecuador, and The Little Princes of Rajasthan.
Malian vocalist and advocate Oumou Sangaré is the winner of the WOMEX 2017 Artist Award. The acclaimed singer will perform as part of the Showcase Festival and Professionals’ Meeting in Katowice, Poland this October.
“This award is for all African women and people from all of Africa. They are the ones who have encouraged me to keep singing and writing songs. I am so glad and honored to receive this award from WOMEX, one of the festivals that always believed in my music, and this is really the icing on the cake of my career. Thank you!” Oumou Sangaré, August 2017
The award honors Oumou Sangaré’s dedication to activism and advocacy for the underprivileged in Mali and abroad, her innovative changes to Wassulu music and her longevity as an internationally-cherished star.
World Music Expo WOMEX has revealed the first batch of offWOMEX showcase artists. These acts will be performing October 25-29, 2017 in Katowice, Poland. Additional artists will be announced in the next days.
Line – Up:
Havana D’Primera (Cuba)
Juan Mari Beltrán (Spain)
La Banda Morisca (Spain)
World Music Expo WOMEX has announced the first set of artists scheduled to perform at the 2017 conference. WOMEX 2017 will take place October 25 – 29 in Katowice, Poland.
The 18 artists revealed represent 23 different countries. They are scheduled to perform in front of a crowd of more than 2,000 concert promoters, festival programmers, booking agents, international media and other professional delegates as well as the Polish music public.
Alireza Ghorbani (Iran)
Black Flower (Belgium)
Dakh Daughters (Ukraine)
Dimitris Mystakidis (Greece)
Elkin Robinson (Colombia)
Gato Preto (Mozambique/Ghana/ Senegal/Germany)
Ifriqiyya Electrique (Tunisia/France)
La Dame Blanche (Cuba/France)
Leyla McCalla (Haiti/USA)
Park Jiha (South Korea)
Vasilis Kostas & Layth Sidiq Duo (Greece/Jordan/USA) Waldemar Bastos (Angola/Portugal)
headline photo: Elkin Robinson – Photo by Fela Photography
The World Music Expo, WOMEX, is seeking conference, music showcase and film proposals for the 2017 edition. The largest gathering of world music professionals will take place October 25–29, 2017, in Katowice, Poland.
This year, the deadline to make a proposal is Friday, 17 March 2017, earlier than usual.
Acclaimed calypso vocalist Calypso Rose (Trinidad & Tobago) was presented with the WOMEX 2016 Artist Award in a ceremony held earlier today in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
“I would especially like to thank WOMEX, the World Music Expo…but now I want to keep you on your feet by dancing!,” said Calypso Rose, from Tobago, who ended the closing ceremony delivering a special performance accompanied on stage by the all-star Calypso Sound System featuring Drew Gonsalves and other members of Kobo Town.
Colombian hip-hop school 4Elementos Skuela received the Professional Excellence Award.
“Our neighborhood and our school are more alive and happier than ever and it is them who really deserve the applause,” said founder Henry Arteaga. “I am ashamed that in my country thousands of people think more can be achieved through war instead of through peace. Music on the other hand, born from the soul, is made to connect one another. The WOMEX Award ancient goddess figurine represents a mother – and we may have forgotten it, but this signifies something very special – love. This Award thus for me is a symbol of what we need now for rescuing my country and its future.”
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