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End of 2016 Charts - Including WOMEX Artists!

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...



Narf (Fran Pérez) 1968 - 2016

Narf (Fran Pérez) 1968 - 2016 - RIP 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...


Answer Our Questionnaire and Win a WOMEX 17 Registration!

Answer Our Questionnaire and Win a WOMEX 17 Registration! - Questionnaire The dust from WOMEX 16 has settled, and now we are looking onwards – we are always striving to be better! Tell us about your experience at WOMEX 16 in our new-look questionnaire.

We want you to tell us how we did this year in Santiago de Compostela, what you thought about the latest edition, and what you would like us to improve and what you would like to see return again! Let us know using our questionnaire, and be in with a chance of winning a free registration for WOMEX 17!


Catch Up or Relive WOMEX 16 Showcases

Catch Up or Relive WOMEX 16 Showcases - WOMEX 16 Our video team, crunk, have been making some great videos of our showcases this year. You can see them on our Live at WOMEX YouTube playlist - keep your eyes open, more will be added in the coming days and weeks! More...


WOMEX Takes a Taste of the Iberian

 WOMEX Takes a Taste of the Iberian - WOMEX 16 Last night we had a great time at the Opening, tasting the Music Tapas Menu, with live performances from five artists, each representing a region of the Iberian peninsula. You can get a small taste (or another small taste!) of the evening by watching our short video summary, reading our press release from last night and browsing the photographs in our Flickr gallery.

The daytime programme – including conferences, films, daycases and more – started at 11am today. More...


Your Last Minute Life Savers!

Your Last Minute Life Savers! - WOMEX 16 We have several resources to help make sure you are fully prepared for your time with us in Santiago de Compostela:

- The Preparation Checklist helps you to get straight down to business as soon as you arrive;
- Our Useful Info + Local Tips help you get around Santiago with ease, as well as to enjoy everything it offers;
- The FAQ provides answers to some of our more general WOMEX questions;
- Download our all-new WOMEX App to browse the full schedule and delegate list, and create your own favourites list;
- Get in touch with anyone attending WOMEX 16 and more via... More...


Last Chance for Accommodation in Santiago de Compostela!

Last Chance for Accommodation in Santiago de Compostela! - WOMEX 16 Still looking for accommodation? There are few rooms remaining in Santiago de Compostela – our booking partner Viloria can help you scout them out. Contact them direct to find the best options for you:

E-mail: bookingwomex@galiciaincoming.com More...


Introducing the WOMEX App!

Introducing the WOMEX App! - WOMEX 16 For the very first time, we present an official WOMEX Event App! We've kept it simple to use and to the point for you to use as your WOMEX 16 companion, and to help you enjoy the event even more.

Available on iOS and Android stores free now.

  • Easily browse all schedules, maps and delegates;
  • Create your own schedule and make calendar entries;
  • Works online and offline.



Taste the Peninsula at the WOMEX 16 Opening

Taste the Peninsula at the WOMEX 16 Opening - WOMEX 16 In less than a month, WOMEX hits Santiago de Compostela for a second time, offering us the opportunity to deepen our understanding of not only the region of Galicia but the Iberian peninsula as a whole. To this end, the WOMEX 16 Opening will be a musical journey entitled 'Iberians – Music Tapas Menu', directed by musician and producer Pedro Pascual.

The Opening will feature five performances of different musical flavours from Galicia, Aragon, the Basque Country and Catalonia. Together they will explore the richness of Iberia’s different languages, influences of other cultures and different identities, all just as rich and diverse as its cuisine: a musical tapas. More...


Where the Industry Meets: WOMEX 16 Network Meetings

Where the Industry Meets: WOMEX 16 Network Meetings - WOMEX 16 WOMEX Network Meetings offer a chance for new and pre-existing international networks of world music professionals to come together and discuss the year past and the year to come.

As part of the Conference programme, WOMEX 16 will host 17 network meetings in Santiago de Compostela, covering all areas of the world music scene, from industry- to geographically-focused, including the inaugural meeting of the Latinos in the Global Music Industry network! See the Networking Meetings page for a full list. More...


International WOMEX Film Programme Returns for 2016

International WOMEX Film Programme Returns for 2016 - WOMEX 16 Once again, WOMEX is offering a platform to connect the global music and film communities: we have now announced our dedicated programme of new film releases that will be screened at WOMEX 16 in Santiago de Compostela. These eleven films portray music, movements and history from across the globe; amongst them, two world premieres will be celebrated.

The community of film professionals devoted to or interested in music film at WOMEX is growing. (as soon as possible, please!). Films will be screened in Cidade da Cultura during the day, and in Museo das Peregrinacións e de Santiago in the old town at night.

The tremendous interest of the public audience in Santiago de Compostela has led to another exciting evolution of our programme: the first time ever, we will open our... More...


WOMEX 17 to be Held in Katowice, Poland

WOMEX 17 to be Held in Katowice, Poland - WOMEX 17 Newsflash! The WOMEX pendulum swings back to the East, as WOMEX 17 will be held in Katowice in the region of Silesia, Poland from 25 to 29 October 2017. We're excited already!

For more information, see the official press release announcement. More...


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WOMEX 17 in Katowice, Poland

WOMEX 17 will take place in Katowice in Silesia, Poland, from 25-29 October 2017


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