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WOMEX 14 Opening Concert - Compostela - The Roots, The Way

WOMEX 14 Opening Concert

Compostela - The Roots, The Way

On Wednesday 22 October, WOMEX officially opened its 20th edition in Santiago de Compostela with an exclusive gala concert, 'Compostela - The Roots, The Way'.

Delegates from all over the world were pouring into the Auditorio de Galicia in the Galician capital, with every seat snapped up fast.

The special concert featured select Galician music with amazing artists from the Iberian peninsula and Canary Islands and explored the diversity of Galicia's musical influences.

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WOMEX 14 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

WOMEX 14 Officially Opens Today

WOMEX 14 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA - WOMEX 14 Officially Opens Today From today until Sunday, 26 October, Santiago de Compostela will be home to the vibrant WOMEX community featuring live music, conference sessions, film screenings, business opportunities and cultural exchange.

WOMEX will celebrate its 20th edition in the Galician capital, bringing together music professionals from around the world for five days of music and networking.

Daytime activities will take place in the stunning architectural complex Cidade da... More...

WOMEX 14 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

How to Reach WOMEX

WOMEX 14 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA - How to Reach WOMEX The WOMEX Team is based in Santiago de Compostela now!

Please note that our contact details from Monday, 20 October to Monday, 27 October are as follows:

Email: womex@womex.com
Phone(production office at Cidade da Cultura): +34 881 99 61 05 and +34 881 99 61 06.

For any questions concerning showcase-only tickets for the evening showcases, info about local transport, please contact our Spanish partners:

E-mail: info.womex14@nordesia.com
Phone(production office at Cidade da Cultura): +34 881 99 98 93
Web: www.nordesia.com/womex14

We can't wait to see you in Santiago - safe travels everyone!

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WOMEX 14 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Camino to WOMEX

WOMEX 14 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA - Camino to WOMEX This year, WOMEX delegates had the one-off opportunity to win a free registration by making a pilgrimage to WOMEX.

One brave couple from Canada accepted the challenge and chose to walk all the way from Ferrol to Santiago de Compostela through Galicia along the Camino Inglès.

WOMEX delegate Christine Lavoie and her husband left Ferrol on October 9, planning to arrive in Santiago on October 15 just to leave the city behind again for an additional 90 kilometres from Santiago de Compostela to Fisterra, covering a total of 215 kilometers!

We wish them a safe and joyful journey and hope to see them in good spirits at the WOMEX Opening ceremony on October 22! We are not sure if they'll be able to dance to the music though...

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20 YEARS OF WOMEX

JuJu at WOMEX 2011

20 YEARS OF WOMEX - JuJu at WOMEX 2011 2011 saw the return of Justin Adams to the WOMEX stage – he'd played with us numerous times before in different guises, and here he was a member of JuJu (UK/Gambia). This was based around the blues/rock guitarist's collaboration with the Gambian riti (one-string fiddle) player Juldeh Camara. The group have since gone on to make up Robert Plant's Sensational Space Shifters.

As reviewer Nick Hobbs said of their showcase, 'They blow away 99% of the current crop of stodgy Brit-rockers...Should play every self-respecting rock festival!'

In today's 20 Years Time Machine, we listen to JuJu's 'Nightwalk' – such a dark blues groove that perfectly fits with Camara's riti and Fulbe vocals. Click on the link, have a listen to this, and have a rock out to one of the most exciting... More...

20 YEARS OF WOMEX

Danyèl Waro at WOMEX 10

20 YEARS OF WOMEX - Danyèl Waro at WOMEX 10 11-10-2014: At WOMEX 10, we presented the WOMEX Artist Award to Danyèl Waro (La Réunion). Waro led the revival of maloya music and, along with it, the Creole language and culture. Maloya has its routes in East African and Malagasy music with influences from Arabic and Indian cultures, but to Western ears, it sounds remarkably bluesy.

Waro is the master of maloya, and that can be seen in today's video – his voice is soulful and at once powerful yet extremely fragile, and the harmonies from his band are perfect and serve only to enhance the emotion of the piece. The performance here is of a piece entitled 'Mandela' and was recorded at the 2012 Afrikafestival in Hertme. A very deserved award winner.

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Last Call: Sprint Rate Registrations

WOMEX 14 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA - Last Call: Sprint Rate Registrations 10-10-2014: This Friday is your final chance to register online for WOMEX 14! Our Sprint Rate will close at 23:59 CEST on Friday, 10th October.

Book online using our registration form.

The next opportunity to register will be on-site at the event itself - we guarantee that no prospective delegates will ever be turned away, so if you miss this deadline and still wish to attend, you can simply walk up and register at the Cidade da Cultura in Santiago de Compostela from Wednesday, 22 October.

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WORLD MUSIC CHARTS EUROPE

WMCE Top-3 Records in October 2014

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

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.

Söndörgö are topping the list this month, pushing Noura Mint Seymali down to the second place.

1. Tamburocket Hungarian Fireworks - Söndörgö - Hungary (Riverboat Records)
Last month: 2

2. Tzenni – Noura Mint Seymali - Mauritania (Glitterbeat)
Last month: 1

3. Beware of the Fetish – Kasai Allstars - D. R. Congo (Crammed)
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A Word about Ebola

WOMEX 14 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA - A Word about Ebola 09-10-2014: We have been made aware of some WOMEX delegates' concerns regarding the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the impact this may have on WOMEX. As has been confirmed by the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response, the virus does not spread by air and the only confirmed case in Spain is isolated and in Madrid.

Flights from affected areas are being checked upon landing. The official stance from the Spanish Ministry of Health is that there is only a risk of contracting the disease for those travelling to the affected countries, and that even the risk for these travellers is extremely low.

For more information from the Spanish Ministry of Health, see [url=https://www.msssi.gob.es/profesionales/saludPublica/ccayes/alertasActual/ebola/infCiudadanos.htm]here (Spanish... More...

20 YEARS OF WOMEX

Hanggai at WOMEX 2009

20 YEARS OF WOMEX - Hanggai at WOMEX 2009 With members hailing from Inner Mongolia but based in Beijing, Hanggai don't just play typical Mongolian folk. The various forms of throat-singing are there, as are quite a few traditional Mongolian instruments, but the music they're used for are thoroughly urban – incorporating various forms of rock from China and around the world.

Hanggai brought this infectious mix to WOMEX 09, the first time we visited Copenhagen, and have gone on to tour worldwide. In today's 20 Years Time Machine, we have a look at a video of Hanggai playing at the EthnoPort festival in Poznań in 2010. Click on the link and enjoy!

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20 YEARS OF WOMEX

Bassekou Kouyaté at WOMEX 2008

20 YEARS OF WOMEX - Bassekou Kouyaté at WOMEX 2008 In 2008, WOMEX showcased the King of the Ngoni lute, Bassekou Kouyaté (Mali) and his group Ngoni Ba. Having played for years with the stars of Malian music, such as Ali Farka Touré and Toumani Diabaté, Bassekou released his first solo album in 2007. In the same year as his performance at WOMEX in Sevilla, Bassekou went on to win both Best African Artist and Best Album at the BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards.

The piece we're listening to today is the title track from Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba's latest album Jama Ko, featuring vocals from Bassekou's wife and Malian star in her own right, Amy Sacko. A great album and a great track, click on the link and check out that blistering wah-wah-ngoni solo!

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20 YEARS OF WOMEX

Daniel Melingo at WOMEX 2007

20 YEARS OF WOMEX - Daniel Melingo at WOMEX 2007 As part of the showcase festival at WOMEX 07 in Sevilla, we introduced the wild wizard of tango, Daniel Melingo (Argentina). First rising to popularity as a surf-rock musician, Melingo reinvented himself as a tango innovator, including in the style electronica, dub and free jazz, along with a humour that is both silly and dark.

Today, we listen to a live version of his track 'Narigón' from the 2004 album Santa Milonga. In this performance, Melingo shows off the effortlessly cool and bizarre nature of his style. Bonus points if you can recognise the various musical quotes the band introduce here...

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