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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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WOMEX 2018 Grand Opening Last Night with Tránsitos Atlánticos

The grand opening of the 24th edition of the World Music Expo, WOMEX took place yesterday evening, October 24th, at Auditorio Alfredo Kraus in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain. The event demonstrated the historical and strategic position of the Canary Islands as a hub for the exchange of cultures.

Aurora at WOMEX 2018 opening – Photo by Yannis Psathas

With more than 1,200 guests in attendance, and four outstanding performances by AKA Trio (Senegal, Italy & Brazil), new wave flamenco project Aurora, Brazilian alt-indie songwriter LaBaq and acclaimed mestizo group from the island of Tenerife, Caracoles, the evening ended on high note with all the artists coming together on stage for one final performance.

Tránsitos Atlánticos was curated by Germán López, the timple (small Canary Islands guitar) star of the Canary Islands, who was the artistic director for this year.

Germán López – Photo by Jacob Crawfurd

On bringing WOMEX to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria this year, Alex Walter, director of WOMEX expressed: “It truly is a unique destination when looking at the travel history of WOMEX, as we’ve never been so far in the European south and at the same time so close to Africa. The aim of WOMEX always was and is to offer a platform where cultural operators can meet and promote their working fields and present inspiring ideas.”

The Canary Islands – with their particular geographical position on the Atlantic Ocean route from Europe to the New World, and just a few kilometers away from the African continent – have a long story in the exchange of cultures.

Antonio Morales, president of the Cabildo of Gran Canaria (island government), was greeted with applause. He communicated: “In these serious times, where different governments and world organizations are proposing to close borders, reduce rights, treat people like goods, here in Gran Canaria, we must send a clear message of respect for human rights and solidarity with those who suffer war or poverty. We must raise our voices against racist, xenophobic or class-based discrimination that forgets the supreme value of life and equality among all people.”

Also present among the dignitaries were, Mr. Isaac Castellano, Regional Minister of Tourism and Culture of the Canarias Government. He stated: “WOMEX brings together the most influential opinion writers on roots music. WOMEX brings together all aspects of the music industry, from management and bookings to the release of recordings and publishing. But the most important thing is that WOMEX is an international meeting woven from the materials of cultural diversity.”

Mr. Augusto Hidalgo, mayor of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria said: “For a few days, and thanks to WOMEX, we, the people of the Canary Islands, will be happy, feeling among each other that broad embrace of solidarity between very distant and different people united by the universal language that is music. With the celebration of WOMEX, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is renewing its commitment to culture.”

headline photo: WOMEX 2018 – Photo by Yannis Psathas

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Global Music Conference WOMEX Seeking Host Cities for 2021 – 2023

Galician booth at WOMEX 2008 by Angel Romero

WOMEX, the World Music Expo, is seeking host city locations for 2021 – 2023. Although WOMEX caters to the worldwide community, it is always held in Europe for organizational reasons. All cities and partners within the European Community (including Switzerland) are invited to consider and suggest a WOMEX host city. The current call is for 2021, 2022 and 2023.

If interested in knowing more about how to make a host city proposal, get in touch with Alex Walter, WOMEX Director, and Sarah Ungan, Head of Production at www.womex.com/about/team. Deadline for submissions is Friday, January 18, 2019.

Since 1994 WOMEX has been travelling all across Europe from Berlin (1994), via Brussels (1995), Marseille (1997), Stockholm (1998), Berlin (1999 + 2000), Rotterdam (2001), Essen (2002 + 2004), Newcastle (2005), Sevilla (2003 + 2006 – 2008), Copenhagen (2009-2011), Thessaloniki (2012) to Cardiff (2013), Budapest (2015), Santiago de Compostela (2014 + 2016), and Katowice (2017).

The 24th edition of WOMEX will take place in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, from Wednesday, October 24 to Sunday, October 29, 2018. The 2019 edition will be held in Tampere, Finland.

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WOMEX 2019 to Be Held in Finland

Music Finland announced this morning that WOMEX, the World Music Expo 2019 will take place in Tampere, Finland. The 25th edition of the world’s leading conference and showcase festival for global music will be held October 23-27, 2019.

Together with Piranha Arts, Womex 2019 will be managed in Finland by Tampere-based music company Rockadillo Production as the main local partner. “It is absolutely great to have WOMEX 2019 finally in Finland, and especially in my hometown. All local partners from the City of Tampere, Visit Tampere and Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture to the staff at Tampere Hall and other venues as well as Music Finland have shown strong motivation and determination to make it happen, so we aim to create a nice and compact, participant-friendly experience in Tampere“, said Rockadillo Production’s Managing Director Tapio Korjus.

Tampere is the 3rd largest city in Finland and a multipurpose music hub: it is the home for numerous high-quality festivals, events and music companies.

More at www.womex.com

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WOMEX 2018 Guide Rate Ends Tomorrow

Galician booth at WOMEX 2008 by Angel Romero

The World Music Expo (WOMEX) Guide Rate deadline is midnight Friday, August 17 (CET). The benefits include a discounted Guide Rate price, a listing in the WOMEX 18 printed Guidebook, and being visible to all the other registered delegates through virtualWOMEX, which is a convenient way to start to schedule your meetings.

WOMEX 2018 takes place at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, October 24-28, 2018.

Register online here: womex-guide-rate-registration

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World Music Showcase offWOMEX 2018 Unveils Lineup

This year’s offWOMEX stage will include a ‘Dutch World Stage’, presented by World Music Forum NL and Dutch Performing Arts plus there will be showcases from Finland, Canada, Spain, and Ireland presented and funded by Music Finland, Mundial Montréal, Folquébec, Musicaction, Canada Council for the Arts, SODEC, Basque Institute and Culture Ireland. World music conference WOMEX will take place October 24 – 28, 2018 in Las Palmas de gran Canaria, Spain.

The offWOMEX showcases provide an additional platform for bands and artists to present themselves and their music to the WOMEX audience attending from around the world. With the offWOMEX stage, WOMEX provides addiitonal performances structured within a regional, national or organizational framework.

The confirmed artists for offWOMEX 18 are:

Son Swagga (The Netherlands)
Lingua Franca Ensemble (The Netherlands)
Tabanka (Cabo Verde/The Netherlands)
Kalakan (France/Spain)
Navá (Iran/Ireland)
Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble (Benin/Tanzania/Finland)
Jeremy Dutcher (Canada)
Elisapie (Canada)
Mélisande [électrotrad] (Canada)

headline photo: Tabanka – Photo by Bas van der Wel

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