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)
WOMEX World Tour
The Atlantic Music Expo kicked off yesterday in Praia, Cabo Verde!
It's the first stop on the WOMEX World Tour for 2016, and it promises to be four days full of great business and great music. We're already getting good feedback from Praia, and we hope to get you some updates from the ground in the coming days.
Are any of you WOMEXicans in Cabo Verde for the expo? Let us know! (A few of us here in Berlin wish we were, too...) More...
Registration for WOMEX 16 is now officially live you can register as a delegate and book a trade fair stand online now!
Registrations are available as a five-day package only and provide access to the full WOMEX programme including the trade fair, conferences, showcase festival, film screenings, opening and award ceremony, as well as including a free one-year membership to virtualWOMEX.
The WOMEX Trade Fair will run from Wednesday, 19 to Saturday, 22 October. The networking epicentre of every WOMEX edition, the trade fair features exhibitors from a broad cross-section of countries and musical sectors. Hosting a stand gives you a platform to present your business, your music or your artists direct to key members of the international music community a stand is the best... More...
ON THE ROAD
Tomorrow, Musikmesse Frankfurt, the international expo for music instrument, sheet music, music production and marketing, will kick off in Frankfurt am Main, taking place between 6 10 April 2016.
On Saturday, 9 April, the President of Piranha Arts, Christoph Borkowsky, will be speaking as part of the Future Forum: Focus on Africa programme. For the first time, Musikmesse Frankfurt will be focussing on the creative and musical life of Africa. The audience can look forward to five podium discussions including representatives from notable cultural institutions and a concert from the Cameroonian band Macase.
If you will be attending Musikmesse Frankfurt on 9 April and would like to meet up with Christoph, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a meeting.
WOMEX 16 Call for Proposals
Calling all informative, educational and/or controversial speakers to present their topics, projects and passions to WOMEXicans in our conference programme - the Call for Proposals closes soon!
A broad range of topics can be addressed, from artistic and creative to more business related issues - help delegates investigate issues and develop solutions together, to keep them up-to-date with new developments and current issues and finally to orient towards the future.
The deadline for conference proposals is 15 April - apply now!
For more information, see our Submit a Proposal