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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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WOMEX 14 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Last Call to Register for Guide Rate

WOMEX 14 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA - Last Call to Register for Guide Rate A major deadline sets WOMEX 14 in Santiago de Compostela firmly on the horizon. This is the big one...

If you want your contact details to be included in the WOMEX Guide and take advantage of the competitive Guide Rate, this Friday, 29 August is your deadline, for both registration and payment!

Anyone registering after this date will pay the higher Late Rate. All late entries will appear in the "Who is Coming?" feature online and in virtualWOMEX only.... More...

20 YEARS OF WOMEX

The Klezmatics at WOMEX 1995

20 YEARS OF WOMEX - The Klezmatics at WOMEX 1995 We're off in our #20yearsofWOMEX time machine again, and today we're going back to our second edition, held in 1995 in Belgium.

As always, some big and to-become-big artists gracing our stage that year, including Oumou Sangaré (Mali), Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown (USA) and the Kocani Orkestar (Macedonia).

Today's track, however, comes from the Klezmatics (USA) who performed at WOMEX – and in this video – with their classic line-up including giant of the klezmer Frank London on trumpet.

Enjoy!

(Photo: Michael Macioce)
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20 YEARS OF WOMEX

Cesária Évora at WOMEX 1994

20 YEARS OF WOMEX - Cesária Évora at WOMEX 1994 As it's WOMEX's big 20th birthday this year, we're going to take a step back and look over some of the artists who have graced our stages over the years.

Twice a week, we'll bring you a great track to represent one of each of our 19 fantastic editions.

And what better place to start than the start? Cesária Évora (Cabo Verde) appeared at our first edition in 1994, continuing her rise to the position of world music legend. Sadly passing away in 2011, her spirit nevertheless lives on, and the Cesária Évora Orchestra will be performing this year in Santiago de Compostela!

This track was recorded just a year after Césaria's WOMEX appearance – the beautiful Petit Pays.

(Photo: Silvio Tanaka, As fotos da Virada!) More...

CAMINO TO WOMEX

Win a Free Registration

CAMINO TO WOMEX - Win a Free Registration Last year some WOMEXicans have already expressed interest in doing the camino. But who will be brave enough to really go for it?

If you should be planning to ride to WOMEX on a bike or donkey, or cover the distance on foot accompanied by your cat - Whatever crazy or challenging way of WOMEX pilgrimage you choose - Let us know and WOMEX will award the most mind-boggling and overwhelming live report on "El Camino to WOMEX" with a free registration.

Apply now by writing an email to womex@womex.com

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WOMEX 14 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Next Round of Conference Topics Confirmed

WOMEX 14 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA - Next Round of Conference Topics Confirmed 15-08-2014: We're delighted to release the details of our next group of conference speakers and topics for WOMEX 14. These sessions provide delegates with expert insight into a range of fields such as crowdfundung; mobility funding; the role of music festivals in social development and more.

WOMEX itself will also thematically thread through a handful of the sessions, with an orientation session for new delegates; a look back at WOMEX over the last 20 years; and a Wrap Up of the 2014 edition and preview of next year's event.

(Photo: Conference at WOMEX 13 by Jacob Crawfurd) More...

WOMEX 14 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

WOMEX Downtown Film Screenings

WOMEX 14 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA - WOMEX Downtown Film Screenings 14-08-2014: For our 20th anniversary, we will present a special Downtown Film Screening programme, 'From Berlin to the World', open to all delegates and the general public.

We've invited filmmakers from our hometown Berlin to showcase their work and to participate in an onstage Q&A session.

The following films are to be presented:

- Journey to Jah
directed by Noël Dernesch, Moritz Springer

- Midsummer Night's Tango
directed by Viviane Blumenschein

- Que Caramba es la Vida
directed by Doris Dörrie

Travel with your eyes and explore current movements in Jamaican music, discover the controversial origin of Argentinian tango in Finland and find out about female mariachis in Mexico.

(Photo: Viviane Blumenschein) More...

WOMEX 14 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Third Round of Showcase Acts Released

WOMEX 14 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA - Third Round of Showcase Acts Released 12-08-2014: We're delighted to announce the third round of showcase artists who will perform at this year's event as part of the official showcase selection.

- Batida (Angola/Portugal)
- Davide Salvado (Spain)
- Driss El Maloumi Trio (Morocco)
- Ed Motta (Brazil)
- El Gusto Orchestra (Algeria/France)
- Guayo Cedeño and Coco Bar (Honduras)
- Maarja Nuut (Estonia)
- Madeeh (Malaysia)
- Maru Tarang (India/Australia)
- Mayito Rivera and The Sons of Cuba (Cuba)
- Orkesta Mendoza (USA)
- Sékouba Bambino (Guinea-Conakry/France)
- Spiro (UK)

Further Showcase Festival updates will follow soon, including the rest of the Official Showcase Selection, Atlantic Connections Stage, the WOMEX 14 DJ Summit and offWOMEX.

(Photo: Orkesta Mendoza by Abril Castillo)... More...

WOMEX 14 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

First Look at Atlantic Connections

WOMEX 14 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA - First Look at Atlantic Connections 08-08-2014: We'll be shining the spotlight on Ibero-American music this year as part of our special focus, Atlantic Connections.

Reflecting the Galician cultural and linguistic connections through the musical diversity of the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America, the line-up mixes american and peninsular artists, genres and styles, as well as intimate, traditional and electronic music.

The first round of artists includes:

- Custódio Castelo (Portugal)
- Germán Díaz - Método Cardiofónico (Spain)
- Korrontzi (Spain)
- Sertanília (Brazil)
- Uxía (Spain)

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WOMEX 14 ANNIVERSARY EDITION

20 Years of WOMEX

WOMEX 14 ANNIVERSARY EDITION - 20 Years of WOMEX Here at WOMEX, we're preparing to celebrate a huge milestone when we head over to Santiago de Compostela for our 2014 edition – we'll be marking 20 Years of WOMEX!

Since we took our first steps onto the scene with our 1994 edition, held in our own backyard in Berlin, WOMEX has aided in the creation of major global networks and we have become one of the world music industry's most important catalysts.

Right from our beginnings, the WOMEX Showcases have helped countless bands establish themselves on the world stage.

Ben Mandelson, a founder of WOMEX and still an important part of our team all these years later, gives his thoughts on a format that, so far, has stood the test of time:

"Twenty years ago I wrote the... More...

WORLD MUSIC CHARTS EUROPE

WMCE Top-3 Records in August 2014

WORLD MUSIC CHARTS EUROPE - WMCE Top-3 Records in August 2014 It's August - Time to share the top 3 World Music Charts Europe results.

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.

Nothing new at the top of the list this month. Toumani Diabate and his son Sidiki are topping the charts for the third month in a row!

1. Toumani & Sidiki – Toumani Diabate & Sidiki Diabate - Mali (World Circuit) Last month: 1

3. Beware The Fetish – Kasai Allstars - D.R. Congo (Crammed)
Last month: 3

3. Tzenni – Noura Mint Seymali - Mauritania (Glitterbeat) Lat month: -
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WOMEX 14 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

WOMEX Short Film Now Online

WOMEX 14 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA - WOMEX Short Film Now Online 01-08-2014: If you can't wait for October to get your WOMEX fill or you wish to become more acquainted with what it's all about, then you'd be well served by checking out our just-released WOMEX short film, featuring showcase highlights as well as interviews with artists, delegates and various members of the WOMEX community!

Click here to watch it. More...

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