The official line-up for WOMEX 17 is now complete! We've just added another 20 artists to the Official Showcase and DJ Summit line up, bringing the total to 38 artists representing 36 countries from just about every corner of the world.
Also announced today is the first taste of the conference sessions, covering topics from many varied regions and disciplines. Use the links below to see the full lists. More...
Here we go! We're excited to give you the first WOMEX 17 Showcase and DJ Summit artists - 18 artists representing 23 countries. You can see the full lists on the Official Selection
and DJ Summit
pages, and whet your appetite with our first showcase sampler video on YouTube
WOMEX World Tour
It is a high time with lots happening in the WOMEX World Tour
, you can catch up on the news of Atlantic Music Expo & LusAfro
, Sound of the Xity
, Primera Linea
and Karneval der Kulturen
via our WOMEX World Tour newsletter
With only a few months before WOMEX 17
takes place in Katowice, Poland - we make our first Showcase announcement on Thursday, 1 June
. Be sure to mark the date it in your diaries and keep a close eye on your mailbox. More...
Now is the time to register for WOMEX 17! From 25 - 29 October, WOMEX is heading to the wonderful city of Katowice, Poland, and delegate registrations are open from today
Delegates are given full access to all WOMEX events, from the Trade Fair and Conference during the day, to the Showcase Festival and Films in the evening, and including free virtualWOMEX membership for a year. Now is also your opportunity to get the maximum exposure by exhibiting you company in the Trade Fair – Trade Fair stands are now available to book online.Register and book a stand online now!More...
Worldwide Community News
The world music charts have been announced for this month, and the World Music Charts Europe and Transglobal World Music Chart are showing off the hottest records of the last few weeks from the old hands and rising stars of world music. World Music Charts Europe
1. Les Amazones d'Afrique (various countries) - République Amazone (Real World Records)
2. Tamikrest (Mali) - Kidal (Glitterbeat)
3. Various artists (Cabo Verde) - Synthesize the Soul - Astro-Atlantic Hypnotica From the Cape Verde Islands 1973-1988 (Ostinatorecords)
4. Orchestra Baobab (Senegal) - Tribute To Ndiouga Dieng (World Circuit Records)
5. Aurelio (Honduras) - Darandi (Real World Records)
6. Emel (Tunisia) - Ensen (Partisan Records)
7. Mokoomba (Zimbabwe) - Luyando... More...
WOMEX at SXSW
As we announced yesterday, United Vibrations and Throes + The Shine had to cancel their performances at the WOMEX Night at SXSW tonight, due to the visa problems that are hitting many artists this week. Today we are pleased to announce that Ozomatli (USA) and Mora Lucay (Chile) will be performing in their stead – the party will go on in very capable hands, tonight from 8pm in Flamingo Cantina, Austin, Texas!
Our best wishes to United Vibrations and Throes + The Shine, whom we would have loved to see playing on the WOMEX stage at SXSW. Bands from around the world have been refused entry to the USA in the past week, and as yet there appears to be no pattern. The reasons for the issues with US immigration are still unclear. We look forward to hearing clarification on this... More...
That's right, as we have brought our whole Call for Proposals forward this year, the deadline is earlier - to propose your programme for the WOMEX 17 Showcase, DJ Summit, Film or Conference, your deadline is Friday, 17 MarchApply online with our dedicated proposal website now.More...
Worldwide Community News
Two former WOMEX artists were honoured at the Grammy awards last night - so we extend our congratulations to offWOMEX 16 artist iLe
, who won the Grammy for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album, and Los Van Van
who were nominated for Best Tropical Latin Album for their tribute to the late, great Juan Formell, who received their WOMEX 13 Artist Award in Cardiff. Well done all! More...
WOMEX World Tour
There's lots happening on the WOMEX World Tour!Atlantic Music Expo
(10-13 April 2017, Praia, Cabo Verde) has announced its first eight international showcases for 2017
(with more to follow) and also opened registrations - you can register online now
The first edition of Primera Linea
, which took place 14-17 September 2016, was the first professional's music market in Cuba. You can watch a short video of impressions from the event on YouTube now
, and mark the 2017 dates in your... More...
That's right: if you want to showcase your music, discuss your burning topic, screen your film or spread your knowledge, your time is now!
Everyone active in the global music scene can turn in a proposal! The programme of WOMEX is made by the global music community spanning across all continents, from traditional and folk circles to all other alternative and culturally open-minded scenes. Proposals can be made only via the online proposal system
run by Brumedje.
Proposals can be made in four categories: Showcases, DJ Summit, Film and Conference & Mentor. The deadline for proposals is Friday, 17 March 2017. Please note that this is earlier than usual!
Early birds can get a discount on... More...
World Music Charts
The world music charts have been publishing their end–of–year lists for 2016, and previous WOMEX showcasers are very much in evidence! Below are the top ten lists from the World Music Charts Europe and the Transglobal World Music Chart – across the two of them, there are ten artists who have graced the WOMEX stage! World Music Charts Europe
1. Aziza Brahim (Western Sahara/Spain) – Abbar el Hamada (Glitterbeat Records)
2. Elza Soares (Brazil) – The Woman at the End of the World (A Mulher do Fim do Mundo) (Mais Um Discos)
3. Bombino (Niger) – Azel (Partisan Records)
4. Rokia Traoré (Mali) – Né So (Nonesuch Records)
5. Konono No1 Meets Batida (DR Congo/Portugal) – Konono No1 Meets Batida (Crammed Discs)
6. Kimmo... More...
It was with great sadness that we heard of the death of Fran Pérez, better known as Narf, earlier this week (15 November 2016). He died aged 48, after a serious illness. Narf was well known to WOMEX and WOMEXicans as a pioneer of Galician roots music, and we had the honour of welcoming him to our stages on two separate occasions: in Sevilla in 2008 and most recently just last month in Santiago de Compostela with his collaboration with Timbila Muzimba of Mozambique. Narf's impact on Galician culture was highlighted by the Mayor of Santiago de Compostela at the WOMEX 16 Opening, who quoted lyrics from the song 'Santiago' - the lyrics and the mayor's words are below.
We are touched and privileged that Narf went through such efforts to make possible his wonderful show in... More...
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