WOMEX 15 BUDAPEST - First Showcase Artists Announced


First Showcase Artists Announced

17 June 2015: The WOMEX 15 Showcase Festival starts to take shape! We are pulling back the curtains on the first programme elements for this year's edition of WOMEX. This first group of artists has been chosen by the WOMEX Jury, represents part of the official selection line-up and features a blend of genres such as hip hop, folk, vaudou, vodou rasin and highlife among many others:

Alo Wala (Denmark/Norway/USA)
Aziza Brahim (Western Sahara/Mali/Spain)
Baraji (South Korea)
Bella Hardy (UK)
Chouk Bwa Libète (Haiti)
Cimbalomduó (Hungary)
Didier Laloy & Kathy Adam (Belgium)
Emicida (Brazil)
Forabandit (Turkey/France)
Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha (Finland)
Iberi (Georgia)
Moh ! Kouyate (Guinea/France)
Nine Treasures (China)
Palenke Soultribe (Colombia/USA)
Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band (Ghana)
Pierre Kwenders (DR Congo/Canada)
Tarek Abdallah & Adel Shams El-Din (Egypt/France)
Trumpeter Avishai Cohen's Triveni (Israel)
Vaudou Game (Togo/France)

Get a sneak peek of these artists by viewing the first WOMEX 15 showcase trailer.

Further line-up announcements for the WOMEX 15 Showcase Festival, which includes the official selection, the regional stage, the DJ Summit and offWOMEX, to come soon. More...



Showcase Trailer Released

WOMEX 15 - Showcase Trailer Released Together with the first announcement of our showcase artists and conference speakers, we have also released our Showcase trailer to get you extra-excited. You can view the trailer on Youtube now! More...


Smart Rate Deadline Imminent!

WOMEX 15 - Smart Rate Deadline Imminent! This is your last chance to register for WOMEX 15 with the Smart Rate. Make sure you secure the best-value rate by registering online by Friday, 19 June.

Please note, all deadlines are for receipt of payment. From Saturday, 20 June, prices will increase to the Guide Rate.... More...


Etnofest in Serbia, 19th until 21st of June

FESTIVALS - Etnofest in Serbia, 19th until 21st of June This Friday (19th June) the 12th edition of the Etnofest world music festival at Lake Palić (Serbia) is open its doors for three days of music from the region to Venezuela or Morocco.

Dejan Vujinovic, program and marketing manager of Etnofest states:

"Year by year, the program has been shaped around the core idea of developing the intercultural dialogue, using music as a perfect media to deliver the message. This year it will be the artists from 11 countries who will shake the party and present their vision of the music surrounding us: from vocal Balkan tradition spiced with some rocky guitar riffs, all the way to the traditional Bikutsi music of central Cameroon, back through Moroccan deserts and hypnotic Gnawa sounds, landing in the end again in the Central Europe and finishing... More...


Apply Now: Circulart Invites International Delegation

WOMEX WORLD TOUR - Apply Now: Circulart Invites International Delegation WOMEX Special Project Circulart is hosting a limited offer of free accommodation during the event and a free registration for international players and shakers with a special interest in Latin American music. As part of this, you will be required to take part in the speed meetings.

Interested? You can apply for a spot by sending your details and a short description of your activities to consultancy@piranhawomex.com before 6 June 2015.

Photo: Yojan Valencia More...


Registration Now Open!

WOMEX 15 BUDAPEST - Registration Now Open! We have officially launched our online registration and stand booking system for this year's edition in Budapest, Hungary, 21-25 October 2015! Registrations are available as a 5-day package only and provide access to the full WOMEX programme including the Trade Fair, Conferences, Showcase Festival, Film Screenings, Opening and the Award Ceremony.

Registration prices will remain low. We encourage you to register before Friday, 19 June to obtain the best-value Smart Rate (255 Euro - the same as last year). More...

BBC Folk Awards 2015

9Bach Win Prestigious Award

BBC Folk Awards 2015 - 9Bach Win Prestigious Award WOMEX 13 Showcase artists 9Bach last night won the BBC Radio 2 2015 Folk Award for Best Album for their second album Tincian, released on Real World Records.

The contemporary Welsh folk group wowed audiences at WOMEX 13 at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, and last night they returned to receive their award. A hearty congratulations to them! More...


R.I.P. Mingiedi Mawangu

KONONO NO 1 - R.I.P. Mingiedi Mawangu Piranhas thoughts are with Konono n°1 , with the family and friends, and with all Electric Likembe Lovers for whom this day is a sad day.

Merci pour tout, Mingiedi Mawangu! We bow our heads. If there isn't a hall of fame of global music already, one should invent it for you. More...


Atlantic Music Expo 2015 Opens Today!

PIRANHA CONSULT - Atlantic Music Expo 2015 Opens Today! Today the transatlantic AME will open its doors to bring together artists and music professionals from the islands, Africa and both sides of the Atlantic from 6 to 9 April 2015.

WOMEX and Piranha are again co-organizing the event, a part of our team returning to the sun-kissed shores of Cabo Verde

Follow them online! More...


WOMEX and Circulart Announce New Partnership

PIRANHA CONSULT - WOMEX and Circulart Announce New Partnership Piranha Arts and Redlat, who organise WOMEX and Circulart respectively, have announced that they will team up to put on the upcoming editions of the Colombian music meeting.

Since its introduction in 2010, Circulart has become a central fixture on the calendar of music professionals from Latin America and beyond, a feature that Piranha Arts' director of consultancy & special projects, Christine Semba would like to build upon:

"We are thrilled to welcome Colombia's leading music meeting among our special projects! Circulart is an event we already know well and we appreciate the professional way it is organised as well as the very strong networking opportunities it offers to Latin America, an extremely dynamic region on the world musical map. Together with Redlat we will work to broaden... More...


Showcase and Conference Jury Revealed

WOMEX 15 - Showcase and Conference Jury Revealed With the call for proposals currently open, once again, we have invited seven representatives of the global music community to join the WOMEX Jury, otherwise known as the famous seven Samurai, to go through all of your beautiful proposals. As always five Samurai will put together this year's showcase festival line-up and two Samurai will select the conference programme. The Jury members each bring unparalleled experience to the table along with diverse perspectives into new developments and trends in all facets of music.

The five showcase Samurai for 2015 are (in alphabetical order):

- Olivier Delsalle (France), Festival d'Ile de France
- Marta Dobosz (Poland), Cross Culture Festival
- Andras Lelkes (Hungary), Hangveto
- Jerome Williams (The Netherlands), Earth Beat
- Minna Zhou (USA),... More...


Submit Your Showcase, Conference or Film Proposal Now!

WOMEX 15 BUDAPEST - Submit Your Showcase, Conference or Film Proposal Now! It's time! The call for showcase, conference and film proposals for WOMEX 15 has officially opened. Exceptional musical acts, speakers, mentors, networkers, DJs and music filmmakers are called upon to submit their programme ideas by Friday, 10 April 2015. Whether applicants are interested in performing as an artist or musical group; discussing key topics and trends related to the industry; or wish to present their music film to an engaged audience of music professionals, we encourage people from all sectors and all corners of the earth to take part.

Based on delegate feedback, we have developed a new method of submitting proposals for WOMEX 15, using a tailor-made proposal system created in collaboration with the independent company Brumedje, located on the Cabo Verdean islands:... More...


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