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World Music Expo 2019 Opened with Arctic Fire – Pohjoiset tulet Show

Pekko Kappi during the WOMEX 2019 opening ceremony – Photo by Jacob Crawfurd

The World Music Expo, WOMEX, opened its 2019 edition at the Tampere Hall in Finland on October 23, 2019. The opening show, titled  Arctic Fire – Pohjoiset tulet , was produced by Music Finland and directed by internationally-renowned choreographer and dancer Kaari Martin, along with composer, musician and producer Roni Martin. The concert featured four laudable performances from Pauanne, Pekko Käppi, Suistamon Sähkö, and Vildá, all representing this year’s host country, Finland.

Hanna Kosonen, Minister of Science and Culture of Finland, welcoming WOMEX 2019 delegates – Photo by Yannis Psathas

On hosting WOMEX in Tampere this year, Minister of Science and Culture of Finland, Hanna Kosonen, stated: “Finland can be considered as an example of the power of music; to help to construct and articulate national identities in the language of music, but also offer the most peaceful and natural way to fuse cultures together and express multi-culturalism…World music brings audible values such as equality, multi-culturalism, cultural diversity and easy access to culture. These values go extremely well hand in hand with the main goals and values of our Ministry.”

Johanna Loukaskorpi, Deputy Mayor of the City of Tampere at the WOMEX 2019 opening ceremony – Photo by Eric Van Nieuwland

Deputy Mayor of the City of Tampere, Johanna Loukaskorpi, expressed: “The value of music can be a personal emotion or on the other hand, its value can be the huge economic impact the music industry has. Cities and nations all over the world need you, the music professionals, to keep them going. Equality and diversity are things which have to be essential values in every decision and action we make…this is something to be celebrated.”

Vildá at the WOMEX 2019 opening ceremony – Photo by Eric Van Nieuwland

The evening reception was hosted by Music Finland where a special toast was raised to the all WOMEX delegates who have attended every edition of WOMEX’s 25 years of life.

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World Music Expo WOMEX Reveals 2020 Host City: Budapest, Hungary

Piranha Arts, the producers of WOMEX, have announced today that the Hungarian capital, Budapest, will once again host the World Music Expo in 2020. This will be the second edition to be held in Central Eastern Europe. The dates for the 26th WOMEX are Wednesday, October 21 to Sunday, October 25, 2020.

The 2019 edition of WOMEX will be taking place in Tampere, Finland, October 23 – 27, 2019.

Piranha Arts have teamed up with Hangvető, WOMEX’s local partner in Budapest. On partnering for the second time, András Lelkes, CEO of Hangvető, declared: “It’s a great pleasure to welcome WOMEX back to Budapest, made even sweeter by receiving the role of the host from our Finnish sisters and brothers. You will find again the ingredients of the 2015 edition: good weather, great wines, a city rich with musical heritage, the blue Danube and great music. We also plan to open up new horizons, with a special focus on our neighbors; and bring closer the fascinating music of the Balkans.”

Panoramic view of Budapest – Photo by Fanni Szegezdi

WOMEX Director Alex Walter stated: “The WOMEX team is happy to go back to Central Eastern Europe after our successful edition there in 2015, and once again to team up with Hangveto, now a regular partner for other cultural projects in recent years. The city will provide the convenient setting of venues, accessibility, and plenty of accommodation and delicious food options already known to WOMEX delegates!”

More information at WOMEX

headine photo; Budapest chain bridge – Photo by Federico Chiesa, courtesy of BudapestInfo.hu

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Julie’s Bicycle Winner of WOMEX 2019 Professional Excellence Award

Julie’s Bicycle team photo at CG Awards 2017 – Photo by Angela Dennis

UK-based organization Julie’s Bicycle is the recipient of the WOMEX 2019 Professional Excellence Award. In a press release, Piranha Arts, the organizers of the World Music Expo, WOMEX, stated: “For their forward-thinking strategies to speed up the attainment of environmental sustainability in every facet of our industry and professional lives, for their rallying of artists and arts professionals from all over the world to speak and act in one powerful group, and for their status as a figurehead in the global arts movement in the face of climate change and ecological disaster.”

Julie’s Bicycle works in three primary ways: working with businesses individually to improve their environmental impact management; researching and developing resources for the use of all; and introducing, promoting and performing outreach for new ideas and sustainable business models.

On confirming their attendance to receive the 2019 WOMEX Professional Excellence Award, Director Alison Tickell on behalf of Julie’s Bicycle said: “Climate change and our environment are global challenges which necessitate a global response. Many of the most extreme impacts are being felt by the most vulnerable communities, often in the global south: justice, fairness and equity are at the heart of environmental action. This award is not just for Julie’s Bicycle team, but for all those music pioneers who are raising awareness, bringing together our kindred communities, regenerating music practice and protecting all beings that share our earth. Thank you WOMEX.

The WOMEX Professional Excellence Award honors exceptional achievements of an individual, group or an organization in music. Musical excellence, cultural significance, advocacy and activism, lifetime achievement and commercial success without compromise are all elements that may determine the Award Recipient.

More about Julie’s Bicycle.

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WOMEX 2019 Announces Official Film Programme Selection

Small Island Big Song, Tim Cole and BaoBao Chen

The World Music Expo, WOMEX announced the Official Film Programme Selection that will run October 24–26, 2019
in Tampere, Finland.

The WOMEX 2019 Film Programme will feature 17 documentaries, reflecting on how film can bring forth relevant ideas to dialogue with the world of music.

The Film Programme at WOMEX is curated to provoke WOMEXicans to look at cinema as an innovative, artistic and insightful extension of how we explore and perceive music in all its complexity and beauty. We hope the delegates will actively engage with this year’s films to discover and re-discover unknown and established artists, new projects and collaborations, and realize alternative programming opportunities,” stated Luca Jacob & Sana Rizvi, Curators, WOMEX 19 Film Programme.

New this year is a public film program in partnership with Tampere’s Arthouse Cinema Niagara, presenting to local audiences new releases, previews and premieres including the world premiere of the biopic Sufi, Saint & Swinger by Chinese/French & Colombian director duo Camilla French & Andres Borda and the European premieres of I Snuck Off the Slave Ship and Amazonia Groove.

Full 2019 program (in alphabetical order) along with attending guests.

A Bright Light- Karen & the Process by Emmanuelle Antille (Switzerland, 2018)
All on a Mardi Gras Day by Michal Pietrzyk (USA, 2019)
Amazonia Groove by Bruno Murtinho (Brazil, 2018)
Director Bruno Murtinho and producer Leonardo Edde attending
Anorac by Gruffydd Davies (UK, 2018)
Clementina by Ana Rieper (Brazil, 2019)
For the Love of Music in Georgia – The Paliashvili Music School in Tbilisi by Marita Stocker (Germany/Georgia, 2018)
Indus Blues by Jawad Sharif (Pakistan, 2018)
I Snuck Off the Slave Ship by Lionel Holley & Cyrus Moussavi (USA, 2018) **Director/ Record Label co-founder Cyrus Moussavi attending **
Nightingales in Berlin by Ville Tanttu (Finland/Germany, 2019)
Musicians David Rothenberg & Sanna Salmenkallio attending
Que Vola? by Vladimir Cagnolari (France, 2018)
Sarabande by Kaltrina Krasniqi (Kosovo, 2018)
Director Kaltrina Krasniqi attending
Sufi, Saint & Swinger by Camilla French & Andres Borda (Colombia/UK, 2018) ** Director Andres Borda, producer Abbas Nokhasteh and musician Dr Lloyd Miller attending**
Shella Record: A Reggae Mystery by Chris Flanagan (Canada, 2019)
Small Island Big Song Visual Album by Tim Cole (Australia/Taiwan, 2019)
** Director Tim Cole & producer BaoBao Chen attending **
Wahenga (The Ancestors) by Amil Shivji & Rebecca Corey (Tanzania, 2018)

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offWOMEX 2019 Lineup Announced

Eme Alfonso

The World Music Expo (WOMEX) revealed today the artists set to perform as part of the offWOMEX 2019 programing.

offWOMEX provides an additional integrated platform for bands and artists to present themselves and their music to the world music professionals attending WOMEX from around the globe. WOMEX will take place October 23-27, 2019 in Tampere, Finland.

This year’s offWOMEX stage includes a wide range of artists from Spain, Latvia, Canada, Hungary, Cuba and Russia, and are presented and funded by ICEX/Sounds from Spain, Sierra, Basque Music, Eesti Kultuurkapital, Mundial Montréal, Folquébec, Musicaction, FACTOR, Canada Council for the Arts, SODEC, National Cultural Fund of Hungary and the Halmos Bela Program.

The confirmed artists for offWOMEX 19 are:

Digging Roots (Canada)

Eme Alfonso (Cuba)

Leela Gilday (Canada)

Les Grands Hurleurs (Canada)

Oyme (Russia)

Romano Drom (Hungary)

Saucējas (Latvia)

TOPA-K (Korrontzi & DJ Makala) (Spain)

Zagala (Spain)

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Second Set of WOMEX 2019 Showcases Revealed

The jury- designated WOMEX 2019 Official Selection concert program, is nearly complete with only two more Club Summit artists to be announced.

The second round of artists includes trumpeter Itamar Borochov who fuses jazz with classical maqam scales, Sephardic and Middle Eastern influences; Mission Songs Project, an important heritage project recovering the secular songs written and sung by indigenous Australian and Torres Strait Islanders; Asmâa Hamzaoui & Bnat Timbouktou, a rare all-female Gnawa ensemble; two Tanzanian top names from the vanguard of singeli, the electronic dance music from the streets of Dar-es-Salaam – DJ Duke & MCZo; the Grammy-winning progressive mariachi conjunto from New York City, Flor de Toloache; along with other artists.

The Jury-selected Showcase artists announced today:

Ahlberg, Ek & Roswall (Sweden)
Ak Dan Gwang Chil (ADG7) (South Korea)
Asmâa Hamzaoui & Bnat Timbouktou (Morocco)
Carmelo Torres y su Cumbia Sabanera (Colombia)
DJ Duke & MCZo (Tanzania)
Elida Almeida (Cabo Verde)
Faraj Suleiman (Palestine)
Flor de Toloache (USA)
Itamar Borochov (Israel//USA)
Lalala Napoli (France/Italy)
Los Wembler’s De Iquitos (Peru)
Mission Songs Project (Australia)
Monsieur Doumani (Cyprus)
Omiri (Portugal)
Ryan Young & Jenn Butterworth (UK)
Santrofi (Ghana)
Yossi Fine & Ben Aylon (Israel)

Club Summit artists:

Dat Garcia (Argentina)
Lorenzo BITW (Italy)
Otim Alpha (Uganda)

headline photo: Asmaa by Khalil Mounji

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WOMEX 2019 Announces Opening Show: Arctic Fire – Pohjoiset tulet

Pauanne – Photo by Aki Ppekka Sinikoski

The World Music Expo, WOMEX, has announced the artists set to perform during the opening ceremony. This year’s opening show is titled Arctic Fire – Pohjoiset tulet. WOMEX 2019 will take place October 23 – 27, 2019 in Tampere, Finland.

The artists featured include Pauanne, a power trio described as folk fiction, who incorporate archive recordings from the last 100 years into their new folk sound; Pekko Käppi, a Finnish folk music composer, singer and juhikko (ancient Finnish bowed lyre) player who has revolutionized the standards of playing this iconic instrument; Suistamon Sähkö, a folktronica act with a bit of folk poetry, rap and manic dance moves; and Vildá, a duo that is a blend of indigenous Sámi yoik, detailed rhythms and improvisation.

The concert is staged and directed by celebrated choreographer and dancer Kaari Martin, together with composer, musician, and producer Roni Martin, renowned for their ensemble Compañía Kaari & Roni Martin. Kaari Martin and Roni Martin said: “It is a pleasure to work with the selected Finnish artists for the WOMEX 19 Opening – Arctic Fire – Pohjoiset tulet. It represents some of the finest artists we have in the Finnish folk scene. You might think that Finland is on the edge of the world, and to be honest, it is, but for centuries it has also been a melting pot for different cultures from east and west. And, we are happy that there is also dance involved because dance is an organic part of folk music“.

More at www.womex.com

headline photo: Vilda by Joanna Suomalainen and Jimmy Traskelin

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WOMEX Announces First Set of 2019 World Music Showcases

The World Music Expo (WOMEX) has unveiled the first set of official jury-selected showcase artists scheduled to perform in Tampere, Finland, October 23 – 27, 2019.

Marina Satti – Photo by Penelopi Gerasimou

The 2019 selection thus far represents a wide-range of world music genres and styles: new tango, urban-edged Senegambian sabar drums, polyphonic vocal tradition of Georgia; the fiddles of Finland,  Brazil’s ‘Queen of Carimbó’; an Iranian orchestra,  Sindhi sarangi fiddle from Rajasthan deser, Korean pansori singing , reggae, sacred steel guitar gospel blues and more.

Lakha Khan (India) – Photo by Shiv Ahuja

The first set of jury-selected WOMEX 19 Showcase artists are:

3MA: Ballaké Sissoko, Driss El Maloumi, Rajery (Mali/Morocco/Madagascar)

Arat Kilo w/ Mamani Keita & Mike Ladd (Mali/USA/France)

Bani Hill Band (Georgia)

Bongeziwe Mabandla (South Africa)

Dona Onete (Brazil)

Duo Emilia Lajunen & Suvi Oskala (Finland)

El Cachivache Quinteto (Argentina)

Fofoulah (Gambia/Senegal/UK)

Khonyagaran (Iran)

Lakha Khan (India)

Lemma (Algeria/France)

Marina Satti (Greece/Sudan)

Maya Kamaty (La Réunion)

NST & The Soul Sauce meets Kim Yulhee (South Korea)

Roosevelt Collier (USA)

Surel, Segal, Gubistch (France/Argentina)

More about WOMEX: www.womex.com

Headline photo: Bani Hill Band (Georgia)

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WOMEX 2019 Announces Showcase and Conference Jury and Club Summit Curator

WOMEX 2019 Jury

World Music Expo, WOMEX, has announced the members of the jury that will review showcase and conference proposals for the 2109 edition. WOMEX 2019 will take place in Tampere, Finland.

The Program consists of proposals coming from all over the globe and applications are divided into four categories: ‘Showcase’, ‘Club Summit’, ‘Conference’ and ‘Film’.

The seven curators, four women and three men, are active members of the world music community.

The Showcase Jury:

Alejandra Gómez (Colombia), director, Biche
Amandine Saumonneau (France), coordinator, Zone Franche
Divya Bhatia (India), artist director and producer, Jodhpur RIFF
Tapio Korjus (Finland), managing director, Rockadillo Production OY
Zlata Holušová (Czech Republic), festival director, Colours of Ostrava

The Conference Jury:

Hinurewa te Hau (New Zealand), director, Tamaki Makaurau Matariki Festival Trust
Virgo Sillamaa (Estonia), director, Music Estonia

Club Summit Curator

Emily Dust, renowned DJ, promoter and broadcaster, will be curating the WOMEX Club Summit, a series of customized club nights that feature a line-up of DJs and producers, highlighting the trends, sounds and beats featured on dancefloors across the world.

To apply, visit the dedicated proposal website — www.womex-apply.com

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Leading World Music conference WOMEX 2019 Call for Proposals Now Open

WOMEX, the World Music Expo is welcoming showcase, film and conference proposals from artists, bands, DJs and producers, filmmakers, industry experts and creative thinkers. WOMEX 2019 will take place in Tampere, Finland, October 23 – 27, 2019.

The pool of proposals will be selected by an independent, international and annually changing jury, also known as the Seven Samurai.

Proposals can be made in four categories: Showcase, Club Summit, Film and Conference and can be submitted from the dedicated website: www.womex-apply.com

The deadline for proposals for WOMEX 2019 is Friday, March 22, 2019.

Headline photo: Tampere, Koski panorama – Photo by Juha Suhonen

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