In light of recent world events, it helps to remind ourselves that our community is working for a good cause, and to remember the many musical initiatives with which all of us are trying to promote tolerance, diversity and peace. Rarely has anyone put this into words more convincingly than Mário Lúcio Sousa (Cabo Verde) did in his acceptance speech in Santiago de Compostela last year, receiving the WOMEX Award for Professional Excellence.
Watch Mário Lúcio Sousa's acceptance speech at WOMEX 14 in Santiago de Compostela. The video's subtitles contain a transcription of his powerful words. You need to turn on captions to see the subtitles.
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It is with deep sadness that we commemorate Julien Jâlal Eddine Weiss, who has left us earlier this year. Julien, french and swiss musician, and qânun virtuoso (oriental zyther) created Al-Kindi Ensemble in 1983. Al Kindi have been selected as a WOMEX showcase in 2013 but were not able to come due to visa regulations and the Syrian war.
Hereby we would like to bring your attention to this great musician one more time. Rest in peace. More...
At WOMEX, it's important to us that we know exactly what's happening in the music industry all over the world. On that note, the WOMEX Roadshow is already on the move for 2015, and the first stop is chilly New York!
Our Founding Director Ben Mandelson will be attending the annual meeting of APAP the Association of Performing Arts Presenters in New York City from the 9th 13th January. If you're attending APAP|NYC or will be around the city on these dates and want to meet up with Ben, simply drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a meeting! More...
Our local partner Nordesía and our joint production of WOMEX 14 in Santiago de Compostela have been awarded by the SERinidade prize by Radio Galicia for its outstanding community efforts promoting the world of music to Galicia and vice versa. More...
WORLD MUSIC CHARTS EUROPE
We are quickly approaching the end of the year 2014! It's about time to share the top 3 World Music Charts Europe results for a last time this year.
Every month we present the top 3 results of the World Music Charts Europe (WMCE), a monthly poll taken of world music radio programmers in twenty-four European countries.
Tony Allen moved up to the top of the list this month, pushing Aurelio Martinez down to second place.
1. Film of Life - Tony Allen - Nigeria (Jazz Village/Harmonia Mundi)
Last month: 2
2. Landini Aurelio Martinez - Honduras (Real World Records)
Last month: 1
3. Espiritu del Sol Amparo Sanchez - Spain (World Village)
Last month: 6 More...
SHOWCASE IN ASIA
If you are an international artist wanting to break into China, Sound of the Xity (SOTX) showcase festival can help you realize your dreams by offering a unique opportunity to perform in front of delegates of top festivals and concert promoters from China and abroad. Apply until 31 December 2014! More...
Doing your follow-up work is the most rewarding way to spend your time now!
Have you done your WOMEX 14 follow-up yet? If not, now would be a really good time to do this. WOMEX 14 in Santiago de Compostela took place about one month ago, so the dust has settled. And Christmas time has not consumed everybodys lives. Yet! In one or two weeks it will reduce many colleagues willingness to deal with anything else than their core work contacts to a minimum.
Here are a couple of tips, tricks and thoughts about how to do your follow-up in a fruitful and effective way.
When you are done emailing (or even before that) ask yourself: What was your direct result from WOMEX 14? What is the potential result? What is your focus again? Which of your initial goals did you achieve? Were there... More...
WOMEX 14 MEDIA ECHO
"Think SXSW on Stereoids!" Listen to what the influential US radio show "All Things Considered" has to say on WOMEX. Davide Salvado, Tribu Baharú, Troker and Batida are mentioned explicitly and very positively including sound examples. in Anastasia Tsioulcas' report on WOMEX. Also check out the online feature "10 Musical Discoveries From Around The World". This is great.
(photo Tribu Baharú at WOMEX by Jacub Crawfurd) More...
WOMEX 14 SUMMARY
Dear music pilgrims,
A big Thank You! to everybody who came to Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain to celebrate the 20th edition of WOMEX with us.
We hope that it was worth your while and that, after five days of Showcases, Trade Fair, Conference sessions and the WOMEX Awards, you are equipped with new business contacts, insight into the latest trends in the industry and a look at some of the best musical acts from all corners of the earth. Plus what is possibly most important: an energised outlook towards the future.
It is an amazing 20 years now, that you, the global music community, gather every year at the end of October at WOMEX. It is not just 20 years of WOMEX which we celebrate, but 20 years of a united and vibrant community of music lovers. Stay tuned, we will soon put up... More...
WOMEX 14 AWARDS
To bring WOMEX 14 to a close, the Artist Award, Label Award and Professional Excellence Award were presented to the WOMEX community at Auditorio Abanca in the old town of Santiago de Compostela on Sunday, 26 October in a ceremony featuring touching speeches and a breathtaking performance by this year's Artist Award winner -
The Award recipients are:
WOMEX 14 Artist Award:
Internationally acclaimed fado singer Mariza (Portugal) received the WOMEX 14 Artist Award for bringing fado to new levels of international
recognition while staying true to its tradition. At the award ceremony Mariza played WOMEX for the second time. When receiving the Award figurine Mariza remembered the first time performing at WOMEX as a showcase artist 2002 in Essen, Germany:
"Showcasing WOMEX in 2002 was a... More...
WOMEX 14 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
A selection of photos of the WOMEX 14 Opening Concert as well as the first day of expo and showcases are now online on our WOMEX flickr page
. More photos of WOMEX 14 will be posted daily.
Taken by the official WOMEX Photographers
, these medium size photos are available under a CC-BY Creative Commons license, meaning the photos can be distributed free of charge so long as the photographer is credited for the image each time.
They will also post their photos daily to their individual sites should you be on the lookout for photos, please contact them directly to discuss terms.
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WOMEX 14 Opening Concert
On Wednesday 22 October, WOMEX officially opened its 20th edition in Santiago de Compostela with an exclusive gala concert, 'Compostela - The Roots, The Way'.
Delegates from all over the world were pouring into the Auditorio de Galicia in the Galician capital, with every seat snapped up fast.
The special concert featured select Galician music with amazing artists from the Iberian peninsula and Canary Islands and explored the diversity of Galicia's musical influences.
(Photo: Yannis Psathas)More...