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Havana World Music to celebrate its 7th edition in March 2020

The Havana World Music Festival (HWM) will take place on March 19, 20 and 21, 2020, under the artistic direction of performer and composer Eme Alfonso.

I am super happy to make another edition of Havana World Music and to bring new artists,” said Eme Alfonso. “Once again the music of the world will be celebrated, taking the capital of Cuba as a center of cultural exchange. We are preparing many surprises for Havana World Music 2020. The idea is to continue surprising the public with different styles, languages, cultures and expressions. We believe it is our hallmark and we will continue working on that line.”

True to the values ​​of diversity and creativity that distinguish the event, the organizing committee of HWM will again present in Cuba a particular mix of world music. The festival revealed some of the artists scheduled to perform.

Silvio Rodríguez, founder of the Nueva Trova Movement in Cuba, and one of its greatest exponents, will top the list of Cuban artists. Silvio Rodríguez’s career spans over four decades and about twenty albums. He is considered one of the greatest Spanish-language singer-songwriters. His songs have become classics of Latin American music.

It is a dream for us to be able to receive his music, which I personally admire, “said Eme.  “I think it is a privilege and honor. The rest of the artists we have confirmed are known within world music, love Cuba and are eager to come and play for the Cuban public. ”

Lin Cortés, from Spain, will make his debut in Cuba. Known as the prince of the latest flamenco, he mixes Andalusian poetry, rock, jazz, symphonic elements , funk and soul. Cortés has been helped by some of the most prominent musicians of the genre in Spain, including Antonio Carmona, Rosario Flores, El Pele, Nita (singer of the Fuel Fandango duo), who endorse him as a unique artist. ““Indomable”, his second album mixes his gypsy style with avant-garde sonorities.

The MC and urban music producer Waahli, who accompanied the Nomadic Massive group during their previous presentations at HWM, will return to the Festival. On this occasion, he will come back from Canada with his solo project to launch Black Soap, his latest recording.

The live sound clash between Cuban and Jamaican musicians that is Havana Meets Kingston will also be present in this new edition of the Festival. The project brings together an important cast of world-class performers, who combine the musical traditions of two Caribbean islands, something rarely seen on the same stage.

Percussionist and singer Brenda Navarrete is part of the HWM 2020 lineup. Performing on batá and tumbadora, she stands out in the Cuban music scene, with strong influences from jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms. She will present her first album: “Mi mundo”, a mix of rumba, Latin jazz, timba, son, Indian music, guaguancó and folklore.

As part of the To Mestizar project, the Festival will present Nengón Kiribá, which from a small town in Baracoa, preserving the musical legacy of eastern Cuba.

Another Cuban band will present its fusion of conga, reggae, danzón, funk and other sounds.

More at Havana World Music

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Fanfara Station Wins Andrea Parodi 2019 World Music Award

Fanfara Station

Fanfara Station, a band formed by musicians from Tunisia, Italy and the USA won the 12th Andrea Parodi Prize, the only contest in Italy dedicated to world music. The group performed the song “Rahil” in Tunisian. Additionally, Fanfare Station also won the critic’s award and the best arrangement as well. The contest took place October 10-12, 2019 at the Conservatory “Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina” in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy. The winners were chosen by three different juries.

The prize for the best lyrics went to Federico Marras Perantoni’s song “Canzona di mari n.2 – Fóggu e fiàra”, in Sardinian language.

The best music award was given to Elliott Morris (United Kingdom) for “The End of The World Blues”, in English.

The best performance prize went to “Suspiro” by Suonno D’Ajere, from Campania, sung in the Neapolitan language.

The award for the best performance of a piece by Andrea Parodi was won by Setak, from Abruzzo.

Togolese band Arsene Duevi’s song “Agamà”, in Ewe language, won the upcoming artist award.

The Andrea Parodi Foundation decided to assign a special mention to Krzikopa (Poland) who performed “Hasiorki” in the Silesian language.

The competition this year featured a large presence of foreign artists, including Acoustic Tarab Alchemy (from Tunisia and Lazio) with the song “Fattouma”, in Arabic; Saly Diarra (Senegal) with “Musow” in the Bambara language; Maribop (Spain) with “Un munnu dintra un munnu” in Sicilian and Basque languages.

The Albo d’oro (Golden) Award went to Daniela Zedda, photographer and photojournalist of international importance.

All the prizes are made by Maria Conte, a Sardinian goldsmith artist renowned throughout the world.

The event also hosted important guests such as Moni Ovadia and AdoRiza (Friday), Simone Cristicchi, Tosca and La Maschera, the winner of last year’s competition (Saturday). On Saturday there was also an extract from the show “Lingua Madre, Pasolini’s songbook”, with Duo Bottasso, Elsa Martin, Davide Ambrogio. This is an original production of the Premio Città di Loano, the Mare e Miniere festival and the Andrea Parodi Prize, an idea by Enrico de Angelis.

Moreover, various artistic lineups from the Cagliari Conservatory performed in all the three evenings, led by artist director Elena Ledda and conducted by Gianmaurizio Foderaro and Ottavio Nieddu.

The festival was created to honor and enhance the art of the talented singer and musician Andrea Parodi, who evolved from making pop with Tazenda to a highly valuable solo career where he recreated traditional roots music, thanks to which he became an international reference for Italian world music.

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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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World Music Conference Mundial Montreal Reveals Ninth Edition

Mundial Montreal, a leading North American world music summit, has announced the full program for its 9th edition. The event will take place November 19-22, 2019 in Montreal, Canada. Throughout the conference, over 30 artists from Canada and beyond will showcase their work to the public and professionals as well.

Mundial will open this year with a large show featuring bands from all over the globe. The evening will start with the Korean group Kim Yul-Hee & The Soul Sauce followed by the Swedish duo Sousou & Maher Cissoko, and continue with the Montreal experimental jazz ensemble Bellflower. The New York act Grupo Rebolu, with their Afro-Colombian music, will close the show.  

Kim Yul-Hee & The Soul Sauce

The Indigenous Sounds Series will return for the 8th year,  beginning with a focused meeting of Indigenous music community presenters, artists, agents and stakeholders.

Through the professional panels and activities (Mentor Café, Speed Schmooze, dinners and receptions) there is a round table created to encourage important discussions, create new connections and new opportunities for professional development.

The Idle No More IV panel will include a conversation between artists and organizers that will invite reflection on the relationship between Indigenous arts professionals and the world music community. Panelists include Bear Witness (A Tribe Called Red), Denise Bolduc (CAPACOA, Luminato), and Adrian Sutherland (Midnight Shine). 

Out of all the artists showcasing, a substantial focus is the Indigenous Sounds series, featuring 8 groups: singer-songwriters Murray Porter (Mohawk – Six Nations), Mimi O’Bonsawin (Abenaki – Sudbury), Celeigh Cardinal (Métis – Peace Country, AB), Kym Gouchie (Lheidli T’enneh Nation – Prince George), quartet Flying Mocassins (Wendat – Wendake), plus rock bands Midnight Shine (Cree – Attawapiskat/Moose Factory) and Digawolf (Tlicho – Yellowknife). The series also features an international guest: Vildá (Sami – Finland).

Canada’s diversity is represented this year with over 20 artists from a wide range of backgrounds, including Montrealers La Léa, Caracol, Nazih Borish, and Carine au Micro; Torontonians Kiran Ahluwalia, Zaki Ibrahim, and Moskitto Bar; westerners Tri-Continental and Kelly Bado; plus Vishtèn and The East Pointers from Prince Edward Island.

The international element of the program includes Novalima (Peru), Blick Bassy (Cameroon/France), Sver (Sweden), Rafiki Jazz (UK) and Ember Swift 国子玉。 (China).

The week will end on Friday with a closing night starting off with the premiere of a new show from Montreal singer Mamselle Ruiz, and finishing with the 15th anniversary celebration of legendary Montreal crew Nomadic Massive, with opening act Djely Tapa (2019-20 Révélations ICI Musique)!

Mundial Montreal will also welcome international delegations from Spain, Colombia, the MENA region (Middle-East North Africa), Guadeloupe and Chile. The conference also collaborates with Music BC, Music PEI and KAMS (Korea Arts Management Service).

More information at MundialMontreal.com.

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Artist Profiles: Adriano Adewale

Adriano Adewale

Brazilian percussionist and composer Adriano Adewale was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. For many years he was known as Adriano Pinto, a colonial name he received at birth. After his visit to Africa (Nigeria and the Benin Republic), searching for his roots, he changed his name to Adriano Adewale Itauna, respectively from the Yoruba-Nigeria and Tupi Guarani-Brazil. Adewale means royal child who come back home and Itauna means black rock.

Music has always been part of Adriano’s life. His father, an aficionado percussionist, used to play drums during carnival, and drumming was also a big feature of family gatherings. Adriano’s maternal grandfather used to play clarinet, his uncle accordion and every weekend they would meet and play ‘Chorinho music’, a style also known as Brazilian Jazz.

Two uncles played a great influence on Adriano’s career; Claudio Silva, who was a virtuoso ‘pandeiro’ player, and Joao Nicanor, a singer-songwriter, guitarist and actor.

While working as an actor, Adriano took piano and percussion lessons, followed by a degree/BA in classical music-percussion at the University of Sao Paulo State. In April 2000, Adriano moved to the UK, quickly establishing himself as a respected percussionist, composer, educator and band leader.

In 2002, Adriano was introduced to Italian guitarist Antonio Forcione and soon became part of the Antonio Forcione Quartet.

 In 2004, Adriano went to Africa (Nigeria-Benin) in search for his roots and also to study music with great master percussion players. The trip deeply changed Adriano’s playing and understanding of his own culture in many aspects.

Upon his return, he went on to study further, this time a Masters course in Music/Performance at SOAS – School of Oriental and African Studies in London. His first UK band, Sambura, released the album: Cru in 2006.

In 2008, Adriano released his first solo album, the critically acclaimed Sementes (Segue records) produced by Gilad Atmov. It featured the ‘Adriano Adewale Group’, an international line up of musicians, including Australian born double bass player Nathan Riki Thomson, Senegalese Kora player Kadially Kouyate and Brazilian flutist and saxophonist Marcelo Andrade.

In 2012, he released The Vortex Sessions, a collaboration with the leading Brazilian piano player Benjamin Taubkin. This was followed by Raizes (Caboclos Records) in 2014, his second solo album with the ‘Adriano Adewale Group’, produced by Chris Kimsin (Rolling Stones, Jimmy Cliff).

Adewale is also the mentor behind Catapluf’s Musical Journey, a concert that introduces young audiences to Jazz, commissioned by the EFG London Jazz Festival. With one CD released,  Catapluf’s Musical Journey has toured many parts of Europe including Norway, Sweden, France and Scotland.

Adriano’s characteristic sounds come from organic materials, connected to nature. They are made out of wood, clay, metal, skins and the philosophy behind it is the connection with the four classic elements: water, earth, air and fire. Playing percussion is about making music.

Over the years, Adriano has worked as a curator and artistic director. From 2009-2010 Adriano was an artist in residence at the Lakeside Theatre, Colchester. He also curated ‘Festival Brasileiro’, which involved theater, dance, music and fine arts from Brazil, and challenged presiding conceptions of Brazilian culture. As part of the festival, he arranged for and conducted the Essex Youth Jazz Ensembles.

As a composer, Adriano has been commissioned by Bath Music Festival to write a new music piece for the opening of 2011 and 2012’s Bath festivals. He was also a composer/music director of dance-theatre piece Ballroom of Joys and Sorrows, a collaboration with Kate Flatt (original choreographer of Les Miserables). He has composed for dance companies, including Phoenix dance company 2016, with whom he wrote the score for ‘Undivided lovers’, a dance piece based on and celebrating Shakespeare’s 400 anniversary.

Education is part of Adriano’s life. He is often writing new music to collaborate with primary school pupils both singing and playing instruments.

Adriano has performed with leading word musicians such as the great singer Bobby Macferrin, and pianist Joanna McGregor with whom he still works and play as duo, combining classical, jazz and contemporary classical music.

Adriano Adewale with AKA Trio at WOMEX – Photo by Quique Curbelo

In 2018, Adriano formed AKA Trio, together with Italian guitarist Antonio Forcione and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita. The trio released an album titled Joy in 2018.

Discography:

Sementes (2008)
The Vortex Sessions (Adventure Music, 2012)
Raizes (Caboclos Records, 2014)
Joy (Bendigedig , 2018)

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Same Sky, Talented International Artists Come Together Through Digital Platform

Various Artists – Volume One Same Sky

Various Artists – Volume One Same Sky (Beyond Music, 2019)

Beyond Music, the innovative digital platform designed to encourage and nurture international collaborations, has released Volume One Same Sky. The cross-genre album features 23 artists from 17 countries who collaborated using the system. The artists shared ideas and generated song demos via the online platform. Beyond collected 110 submissions, and 10 winning songs were chosen. Same Sky is the first volume in what will be an annual undertaking.

In terms of production ad arrangements, Volume One Same Sky is designed to be an easy listen, appealing to a wide audience. Even though many international artists are involved, this is not exactly a world music album. You’ll find mainstream pop, well-constructed neosoul, Americana, hip hop and then various captivating songs that are rooted in tradition.

The tracks that focus on world music are the ones that attracted my attention the most, including the excellent “Saat Al Rahman” where global music meets classical, featuring the fabulous Seville-based Israeli singer Mor Karbasi; the engaging Arabic fusion of “Egyptian”; and the edgy global electronica and Indian hybridization of “Our Colors.”

The producer of the album, Larry Klein put together a band featuring highly regarded session players: Dean Parks, Ed Harcourt, Adrian Utley, Manu Katché, Clive Deamer and Dan Lutz.

The international artists include Abdullah Alhussainy (Egypt); Beshar Al Azzawi (Iraq); Mariana Baraj (Argentina); Andreas Bernitt (Denmark); Heather Bond (USA); Moshe Elmakias (Israel); Danielle Eog Makedah (Cameroon); Brice Essomba (Cameroon); Sandro Friedrich (Switzerland); Sheryl Gambo (Congo); Jivan Gasparyan Jr. (Armenia); Eduard Glumov (Kazakhstan); Mor Karbasi (Israel); Max Keller (Switzerland); Elly Kellner (Netherlands); John Lumpkin II (USA); Syssi Mananga (Belgium/Congo); Kane Mathis (USA); Kate Northrop (USA/Switzerland); Bijayashree Samal (India); Sasha Shlain (Russia); Ingrid White (Cameroon); and Msafiri Zawose (Tanzania).

More about Beyond music.

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Second World Music Networking Conference Held in Russia

Tavrida Art festival – Photo by by Anna Sadovnikova

The biggest Russian festival Tavrida Art hosted Russian Ethno-Music Conference MusiConnect Russia — the second five-day showcase conference of its kind held in Russia.

Tavrida Art festival – Photo by by Anna Sadovnikova

The gathering was aimed at the development of the Russian ethno-music (world music) industry and organized by Daryana Antipova and Alyona Minulina.

Danya Voronkov – Photo by by Anna Sadovnikova

The conference took place during August 21 — 26, 2019 and it brought together 12 directors of ethnic (world music) festivals in Russia and one special guest from Hungary.

Vera Kondratieva – Photo by by Anna Sadovnikova

The participants included: Mikhail Chashchin of Festival Heaven and Earth (Tyumen); journalist Emil Biljarski of the Hungarian Ritmus és hang (Budapest); Natalia Ulanova of the international festival Voice of Nomads» (Ulan-Ude); Marina Gulyaeva of Kupalskaya skazka festival (Moscow); Daryana Antipova, co-director of the Russian World Music Awards (Moscow); Stanislav Drozdov, former director of the international festival Folk Summer Fest (Sevastopol); Ilya Shkurinsky of festival White Noise (Petrozavodsk); Irina Shuvalova of the the creative bureau Selsovet (Moscow), Yuri Pavlov of WAFest festival (Nizhny Novgorod), Irina Palekhova of Alatyr festival (Yekaterinburg), Alexei Polyakov of Call of Parma festival (Perm), and Olga Sitnikova of Protoka (Samara).

Festival directors – Photo by by Anna Sadovnikova

Tavrida Narodnaya is a compilation CD of the best musicians presented at the showcase festival. Festival directors listened to more than 25 participants who applied to perform and were chosen among 50 applicants. All musicians are under 35 years old. If you want to get more information about these projects please contact the compiler and showcase organizer Daryana Antipova (scythianhorn@gmail.com)

Zoya Strekalovskaya

Four groups were chosen to participate at the festivals:

Staritsa from Belgorod is going to play at Kupalskaya skazka» festival in 2010; Volya from Voronezh to participate at WAFest festival in 2020; Zoya Strekalovskaya from Yakutsk will go to Nebo i Zemlya festival in 2020; and Daniil (Danya) Voronkov from Moscow is going to perform at Voice of Nomads festival in 2020.

Festival directors meeting – Photo by by Anna Sadovnikova
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Kalba, Alluring Ghanaian Xylophone and Global Music

Isaac Birituro and The Rail Abandon – Kalba (Wah Wah 45s, 2019)

Kalba brings together Ghanaian gyil (xylophone) maestro Isaac Birituro and British producer, sound engineer and singer-songwriter The Rail Abandon (Sonny Johns). The remarkable collaboration highlights the mesmerizing, resonating sound of the gyil and the warm, soft vocals of Sonny Johns.

The album is a beautifully-constructed set of songs that masterfully interweave Ghanaian music, jazz, world music, and English folk. The finely-crafted arrangements include African and Afro-Cuban drums, captivating flutes, a jazz horn section, tasteful synthesizer; and virtuosic chamber strings.

Isaac Birituro and The Rail Abandon – Kalba

The lineup includes Isaac Birituro on gyil and vocals; Sonny Johns on vocals, guitar, bass and drum machine; David Sorrah on congas; Godfred Sernyor on congas; Sebastian Rochford on drum set; Casablanca on gome and maracas; Kasim Kada on palago; Vincent Lapitey on gongas; Aminu Amadou on talking drums; Liran Donin on electric bass; Elliot Galvin on synthesizers; Raph Clarkson on trombone; Laura Jurd on trumpet; Mark Lockheart on tenor sax; Josienne Clarke on tenor saxophone; Leafcutter John on overtone flute; Dela Botri on flutes; Garance Lewis on accordion; Zosia Jagodcinska on cello; Sophie Cameron on violin; Alison D’Souza on viola; Queen Aisha, lead vocals on “So Ma”; Helen Dompkier, lead vocals on “La Cocina”; and the Kaiba Birifore Choir.

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Artist Profiles: Hijas del Sol

Hijas del Sol

Piruchi Apo Botupá and her niece Paloma Loribo Apo began singing and performing in their home town on the island of Bioko, off the coast of Equatorial Guinea in western Africa. Having achieved all that they could in their native country, they moved to Spain in 1993. Their home, their culture, their traditions, and equally the sense of alienation arising from being in a strange land, and the problems of modern life, strongly color their lyrics.

From the time they began singing, Piruchi and Paloma strongly emphasized the importance of their Bubi traditions. Bubi is the native language of Bioko, one of four hundred dialects of Bantu spread across central Africa. Because of the Spanish colonization, Spanish had become the official language during their parents’ childhood, and not only language but also the traditions of storytelling, dancing, and singing, among others, began to disappear. Fearing that in another generation, all the traditions, whether arts or ways of raising children, would be completely gone, Sibèba included traditional fertility rites and invocations in their material, and used traditional music with their contemporary lyrics about the importance of maintaining their own culture in their performances.

In an interview, Piruchi pointed out that they have no intention of attacking modernity. “What we are attempting is to make people understand that you can’t destroy what others have done before in order to be modern. How can you have an identity without culture and tradition? No matter how far you’ve gone, you can’t lose sight of who you are and where you came from.”

Discography:

Sibeba (Nubenegra, 1995)
Kottó (Nubenegra/Intuition, 1998)
Kchaba (Nubenegra/Intuition, 2000)

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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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