Every year, the whole WOMEX event is wrapped up by the presentation of the WOMEX Awards and a concert by the Artist Award winner. We are delighted to announce that the 18th WOMEX Artist Award will go to the inimitable Calypso Rose! We can't wait for her to bring her fire to Santiago de Compostela.
Calypso Rose will perform at the WOMEX 16 Closing on Sunday, 23 October in Auditorio Abanca, with the participation of Kobo Town, supported by Canada Council for the Arts.
While registrations are still pouring in, the Who is Coming list
of professional delegates confirmed for WOMEX 16 already reads like a who's who of global music. You can browse the full list
of confirmed companies, delegates and Trade Fair exhibitors, including links to all their virtualWOMEX profiles now! More...
The WOMEX 16 Conference programme is ever-expanding! We have already released a long list of conference sessions - 20 sessions with 56 speakers representing 31 countries so far - and the full list of mentoring sessions too! There is even more to be announced, including Network Meetings and Presentations. so watch this space. Find out more about all of our conference programme now!More...
We have just revealed a big chunk of the line-up for WOMEX 16, which will be held in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain, 19-23 October. The Official Showcase Selection
is now complete, with 10 new artists announced, as is the DJ Summit
line-up. We have also added 10 more conference sessions
and revealed this year's expert mentors
See the latest newsletter
for more details on the programme, as well as useful... More...
The first line-up of the WOMEX Official Showcase Selection has now been announced - 23 artists with musicians from 28 countries from five continents...we're looking forward to bringing you music from Angola to Venezuela, the Czech Republic to Uzbekistan and our host region Galicia. See our Showcase page for details of all artists currently announced, and watch the trailer video for a small taste of what to expect!
These artsists were chosen by the Seven Samurai: our international, independent jury of world music experts had the difficult task of selecting only a tiny percentage of all the high-quality submissions from 120 countries. More...
We can now announce the very first programme of WOMEX 16, which will be held in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain, 19-23 October 2016 some of the conference sessions looking at burning topics and solutions for the future of global music. More...
As usual, the World Music Charts Europe have put together a list of the albums that have been played the most on world music radio stations and shows across Europe over the last month. Here is the June top ten:
1 AZEL Bombino (Niger)
2 ABBAR EL HAMADA Aziza Brahim (Western Sahara)
3 MOST JÖTTEM... Lajako Felix, (Hungary)
4 SOUND CITY Stefano Saletti & Banda Ikona (Italy)
5 KONONO NO 1 MEETS BATIDA Konono No 1 (DR Congo & Portugal)
6 MONISTIC THEORY Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate (USA & Guinee)
7 TROPIX Ceu (Brasil)
8 MEZCLA M.A.K.U. Soundsystem (USA & various)
9 TIMO ALAKOTILA & PIANO Timo Alakotila (Finland)
10 NE SO Rokia Traore (Mali) More...
The WOMEX team are having a great time at Classical:NEXT
in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. So much exciting and important discussion, networking and debates happening everywhere you look, as well as brilliant showcases and conferences. It's also a delight to catch up with so many WOMEXicans here too, including loads of export offices from Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Italy, Spain...
If you're here, come and say hi to us! And take a look at the photographs of the event so far
As ever, the World Music Charts Europe have put together a list of the albums that have been played the most on world music radio stations and shows across Europe over the last month. And once again, WOMEX 15 showcase artists Aziza Brahim is at #1, retaining her position from last month! Here is the May top ten:
1 ABBAR EL HAMADA Aziza Brahim (Western Sahara)
2 AZEL Bombino (Niger)
3 KONONO NO 1 MEETS BATIDA Konono No 1 (DR Congo & Portugal)
4 NE SO Rokia Traore (Mali)
5 KOBANI Ferhat Tunc (Turkey)
6 THE GLOAMING 2 The Gloaming (Ireland)
7 LIKE A BIRD OR SPIRIT, NOT A FACE Sainkho Namtchylak (Tuva)
8 EVERY SONG HAST ITS END Various artists (Mali)
9 WA DI YO Lakou Mizik (Haiti)
10 MERIDAN 68 DagaDana (Poland) More...
Did you miss the wonderful performance by Ági Herczku & Band on the Club Duna stage at WOMEX 15?
Well, never fear! The concert has now been released as an album, entitled Live at WOMEX Budapest
, along with four bonus studio tracks, on Fonó Records. We want to thank and congratulate Ági Herczku on this achievement and all involved!
You can order the album and get more information about both the release and the artist at the Fonó Records website
(website in Hungarian).
Thanks also go to Nikola Parov, Fonó Budai Zeneház for arranging the release, to Hangveto and Müpa Budapest for programming the Club Duna stage and o Toshi, David and Roger Short of BBC Music for facilitating the recording. More...
Worldwide Community News
News has reached the world about the tragic death of Papa Wemba, on stage in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
The Congolese singer was a pioneer of rumba Lingala and an icon of La Sape culture in DR Congo and internationally. We were honoured to invite him to perform as part of the Showcase Festival at WOMEX 10 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He had a golden voice, and he will be missed.More...
As usual, the World Music Charts Europe have put together a list of the albums that have been played the most on world music radio stations and shows across Europe over the last month. Here is the April top ten:
1 ABBAR EL HAMADA Aziza Brahim (Western Sahara)
2 NE SO Rokia Traore (Mali)
3 RIVIERE NOIRE Riviere Noire, (France & Brazil)
4 KONONO NO 1 MEETS BATIDA Konono No 1 (DR Congo & Portugal)
5 LIKE A BIRD OR SPIRIT, NOT A FACE Sainkho Namtchylak (Siberia)
6 KOKUMA Gambari Band (Mali)
7 KOBANI Ferhat Tunc (Turkey)
8 THE GLOAMING 2 The Gloaming (Ireland)
9 MERIDAN 68 DagaDana (Poland)
10 ESPERANTO Dimitris Mystakidis (Greece)
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