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20 YEARS OF WOMEX - Tinariwen at WOMEX 2003

20 YEARS OF WOMEX

Tinariwen at WOMEX 2003

This time our 20 Years Time Machine gives us one of WOMEX's biggest success stories. Tinariwen, a band of Tuareg musicians from the North Malian/Southern Algerian Sahara, played WOMEX in 2003 having released only one album at that point. Their set in Sevilla boosted them to an extent to which they are now not only World Music superstars, but a crossover success, playing in rock line-ups worldwide.

No video this time, but instead we have a recording of Tinariwen from that very gig! It's one of their earliest 'hits' – Chet Boghassa.

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20 YEARS OF WOMEX

Andy Palacio at WOMEX 2002

20 YEARS OF WOMEX - Andy Palacio at WOMEX 2002 WOMEX 2002 saw the first attendance for Garifuna musician Andy Palacio from Belize. By then, he was a star within the Garifuna community and around Central America, but WOMEX was Andy's first big break in the West, and by 2007, he'd released his masterpiece album 'Watiná' and won a WOMEX Award alongside his producer, Ivan Durán.

If you click on the link you can watch Andy playing the track 'Lidan Aban' in 2007 – bonus points for spotting this year's WOMEX Showcase artist Guayo Cedeño on guitar!

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WOMEX 14 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Major Networks to Meet at WOMEX 14

WOMEX 14 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA - Major Networks to Meet at WOMEX 14 11-09-2014: Part of what makes WOMEX so important and effective to many of our delegates' businesses is our Networking Meetings and Presentations. This is where representatives from across the globe come together to build new partnerships and develop innovative ideas. We're thrilled to announce the Networking Meetings and Presentations that will take place at WOMEX this year!

With both returning formats and exciting new networks to discover, this year offers a wide range of Networking Meetings, including
those based around the International Music Managers' Forum, and the World Trad Forum as well as Education, European Export Offices, Jazz & World, Worldwide Festivals, the ever-popular Women of the World Networking Meeting, the return of the Global Club Music Network, an introduction to... More...

20 YEARS OF WOMEX

Souad Massi at WOMEX 2001

20 YEARS OF WOMEX - Souad Massi at WOMEX 2001 In 2001, WOMEX presented a newcomer to the international stage, Algeria's Souad Massi. Having only released her début album months previously, WOMEX proved a real spring-board to her international success.

If you click on the YouTube link you can see her performing the title track from her first album 'Raoui' on the 'Later...with Jools Holland' show, just a month after her WOMEX appearance.

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WOMEX 14 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

DJ Summit Line-Up Confirmed

WOMEX 14 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA - DJ Summit Line-Up Confirmed 10-09-2014: Taking place over two club nights at Sala Capitol in Santiago de Compostela's old town on Friday and Saturday, the DJ Summit will showcase five gifted DJs with the sounds from Cumbia to Batida, vintage funk to vinyl samples, Colombia to Denmark.

A huge thank you to WOMEX 14 Jury member Natasha Padabed for curating the selection. Here's the line-up:

- Den Sorte Skole (Denmark)
- DJ Marfox (Portugal)
- Greg de Villanova (France)
- Isa GT (Colombia/UK)
- Rebel Up! Soundclash (Belgium/the Netherlands)

The Global Club Music Network (GCMN) will also return with a stand an the WOMEX Trade Fair - this is the place for the DJ Community to meet and network. Alongside this, two Conference sessions will delve into the intersection between traditional and electronic music (The... More...

20 YEARS OF WOMEX

Lúnasa at WOMEX 2000

20 YEARS OF WOMEX - Lúnasa at WOMEX 2000 At WOMEX 2000, we welcomed the new millennium with a great Showcase Festival line-up including Esma Redžepova (FYR Macedonia), Ballaké Sissoko (Mali) and Värttinä (Finland).

We also had the band Lúnasa (Ireland), who have since been recognised as one of the most important bands in Irish roots music. It's Lúnasa that we take a look at in our 20 Years Time Machine now.

Have a listen to their piece 'Morning Nightcap' at the Celtic Connections festival in 2007, with some great interplay between fiddle and Uilean pipes, and a fantastic whistle solo.

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WOMEX 14 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

offWOMEX Line-up Revealed

WOMEX 14 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA - offWOMEX Line-up Revealed 05-09-2014: At last! We can announce all the artists who will be performing as part of this year's offWOMEX activities.

Every year, there are only a limited amount of slots available as part of WOMEX's Official Showcase. As such, offWOMEX provides another way for artists to present themselves and their music to the WOMEX audience, renowned for offering specialised musical evenings that are structured within a regional, national or organisational framework.

At WOMEX 14, offWOMEX will have showcases from artists presented by Horizons (from Wales and Scotland), Nordic Club, as well as from Angola, Malaysia, Poland and South Africa.

Thursday 23 October:

HORIZONS: Lleuwen (UK); Rura (UK)
POLAND: Volosi (Poland)

Friday 24 October:

ANGOLA: Paulo Flores (Angola)
MALAYSIA: Geng Wak Long... More...

WOMEX 14 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

WOMEX 14 Award Winners Announced

WOMEX 14 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA - WOMEX 14 Award Winners Announced 03-09-2014: For the 15th year, WOMEX is proud to bestow the coveted WOMEX Awards upon three worthy winners! As ever, to wrap up WOMEX on the Sunday, we'll be presenting awards to three of the biggest players in world music in the following three categories: Artist Award; Professional Excellence Award; and Label Award. So without further ado...

WOMEX 14 Artist Award winner: Mariza (Portugal)
WOMEX 14 Professional Excellence Award: Mario Lúcio Sousa (Cabo Verde)
WOMEX 14 Label Award: Glitterbeat Records (Germany)

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20 YEARS OF WOMEX

Kayhan Kalhor at WOMEX 1999

20 YEARS OF WOMEX - Kayhan Kalhor at WOMEX 1999 For WOMEX 1999 – held in Berlin – we invited the great komanche (spike fiddle) player Kayhan Kalhor (Iran) to perform for us for the first time.

In 1999, he played with his Ghazal Ensemble, exploring the connections between the classical traditions of Iran and North India. He's gone on to perform several times at WOMEX with different projects, the most recent being in 2009 with the Western classical group Brooklyn Rider.

In our 20 Years Time Machine, we see Kalhor in a more traditional role, with a wonderful performance with a Persian ensemble for Iranian television. Just click on the link and enjoy!

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20 YEARS OF WOMEX

Oliver Mtukudzi at WOMEX 1998

20 YEARS OF WOMEX - Oliver Mtukudzi at WOMEX 1998 In 1998, WOMEX headed north to Stockholm, and along with Polish folksters Kroke and soul blues star Eric Bibb (USA), we brought Zimbabwean superstar Oliver Mtukudzi to the WOMEX stage!

Creating his unique style – known as 'Tuku Music' – from the mixing music of the mbira with Congolese music, rock, pop and soul, Tuku has been a solid favourite around the world for decades.

He played WOMEX with a full band, but if you click on the link, you can listen to a recording for BBC Africa with a beautiful solo version of his track 'Kupokana'.

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20 YEARS OF WOMEX

Fanfare Ciocărlia at WOMEX 1997

20 YEARS OF WOMEX - Fanfare Ciocărlia at WOMEX 1997 Today, it's back to WOMEX 1997 – after a fallow year, we headed to Marseille.

As well as African greats Dimi mint Abba (Mauritania) and Cheikh Lô (Senegal) and future WOMEX Award Winner Djivan Gasparyan (Armenia), we were joined by one of the world's hottest brass bands, Fanfare Ciocărlia (Romania). We had 'em 9 years before their cover of 'Born to Be Wild' brought them success via the soundtrack to the film Borat!

Click onto the link and enjoy a mini-concert they filmed for NPR Music: twelve musicians squeezed into a tiny space and bursting with energy. Have fun! (Photo: Arne Reinhardt)
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WOMEX 14 Opening Concert

Compostela - The Roots, The Way

WOMEX 14 Opening Concert - Compostela - The Roots, The Way WOMEX is delighted to announce that a special, exclusive event on Wednesday, 22 October will mark the start of WOMEX 14 in Santiago de Compostela, setting the pace and standard for the days and nights to come.

The Opening Concert, 'Compostela - The Roots, The Way', features select Galician music with extraordinary artists from the Iberian peninsula and Canary Islands to explore the diversity of Galicia's musical influences.

Supported by well-known Galicians Mercedes Peon and Xabier Díaz, the opening concert will gather Flamenco-jazz artist Jorge Pardo, Fado singer Antonio Zambujo, Basque Oreka TX as well as young timple virtuoso German Lopez. Xose Manuel Budiño directs this exclusive concert experience.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014. Doors open 19:30
Auditorio de Galicia

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