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), radio producer/DJ
The two conference Samurai for 2015 are (in alphabetical order):
- Jody Ackland (Ireland), City of London Festival
- Mehmet Dede (Turkey/USA), Drom
WOMEX 15 BUDAPEST
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...
GLOBAL CLUB MUSIC NETWORK & WOMEX
After a successful first edition of WOMEX 13 remixes was released last year, the Global Club Music Network (GCMN)
and WOMEX once again teamed up to develop the WOMEX 14 Re:mixes by GCMN, featuring songs from eight WOMEX 14 showcase artists that have been reworked by members of the GCMN.
Listen on virtualWOMEX.
A huge thank you to DJ/Producer Kosta Kostov, Miriam L. Brenner and everyone involved in bringing this to life.
Below is a list of the compilation's tracks:
Oum – 'Lik' (Mashti & Polyesta Remix)
La Chiva Gantiva – 'Para Arriba' (David Miret Remix)
Korrontzi – 'Sardos-K' (Makala Remix)
La Yegros – 'Solo' (Kosta Kostov Remix)
Calima –... More...
05-02-2015: Porto Musical kicked off yesterday in Recife, Brazil! The event was ushered in last night with three showcase performances from Brazilian artists – Juliano Holanda; Félix Robatto; and DJ Dolores – at Praça do Arsenal.
Running until Saturday, 07 February, the Porto Musical programme is full to the brim with a trade fair as well as conferences, workshops, speed meetings and round-table mentoring sessions tackling everything from audio streaming to promoting Brazilian music and analysing the creative economy while artists from Brazil, the UK, Peru, Argentina and more will take to the stage as part of the showcase programme.
Check out the entire schedule here
Porto Musical is produced by Fina Produçao, Astronave and Piranha... More...
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.
Photo: Jacob Crawfurd More...
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 email@example.com 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 everybody’s 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...