WOMEX Newsletter: Thursday, 26th February 2015

WOMEX 2015, Budapest, Hungary

WOMEX Special Projects: From Brazil to Cabo Verde

WOMEX on the Road

From Our Partners.


Dear WOMEXicans,

The first showcase, conference and film proposals have started to make their way to WOMEX HQ and we are delighted to introduce this year's WOMEX Jury made up of seven esteemed music professionals who will be tasked with assessing each submission to put together this year's showcase and conference programme.

We also have news on: the WOMEX 15 venues; the programme for Atlantic Music Expo; the WOMEX stage at SXSW and we take a look back at the recent edition of Porto Musical.

Musically yours,
Your WOMEX team


Showcase and Conference Jury for WOMEX 15 Revealed

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Once again, we have invited seven representatives of the global music community to join the WOMEX Jury, otherwise known as the famous seven Samurai. Five Samurai will put together this year’s showcase festival line-up and two Samurai will select the conference programme. The Film programme will be curated by the WOMEX film team. 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 & writer

The two conference Samurai for 2015 are (in alphabetical order):

  • Jody Ackland (Ireland), City of London Festival
  • Mehmet Dede (Turkey/USA), Drom

For photos and biographies, see our Jury page.


WOMEX 15 Venues Confirmed

The Bálna

Start planning out your movements around Budapest – the venues for WOMEX 15 are locked in! Here is what’s happening and where this year:

WOMEX 15 day venue: Bálna, a commercial, cultural, entertainment and leisure centre that sits alongside the Danube.

Please note: previously, we announced Millenaris Park as the WOMEX 15 daytime venue. This is no longer the case. The WOMEX Trade Fair, conference programme, Daycases and daytime film screenings will be held at Bálna, which is situated in the city centre within walking distance to the nighttime venues.

WOMEX nighttime venues:

  • WOMEX 15 Opening and Showcase Festival: Palace of Arts Budapest
  • Evening film screenings: to be confirmed soon
  • DJ Summit: A38 Ship

For those looking to start researching and/or booking hotels nearby, we recommend focusing your efforts on finding somewhere in the city centre so as to be within short distance of the WOMEX 15 venues. We will announce hotel and accommodation booking details very soon – stay tuned!

For information on all WOMEX 15 venues, please visit our website.


Atlantic Music Expo: First Showcases & International Attendees

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We are delighted to unveil the first round of artists set to perform at Atlantic Music Expo (AME), a WOMEX Special Project taking place from 6 -9 April 2015 in Praia, Cabo Verde.

The showcases will again present a broad range of artists from all sides of the Atlantic. They will perform on the AME stages: daycase, big open air, urban music as well as a club venue for DJs. Below is the confirmed selection thus far.

Alongside Showcases, AME features a full conference programme including workshops and one-to-one meetings, as well as an evening open air trade fair.

International artists:

  • Banda Kakana (Mozambique)
  • DJ Daferwa (Mexico)
  • DJ El Preto (Brazil)
  • DJ Mukambo (Belgium)
  • E.sy Kennenga (Martinique/France)
  • GOG (Brazil)
  • Karyna Gomes (Guinea Bissau)
  • KUKU (Nigeria)
  • Pura Fé (USA)
  • Proveta & Penezzi (Brazil)
  • Roberto Mendes (Brazil)
  • Toques do Caramulo (Portugal)
  • UHF Stereo (Spain)

Artists from Cabo Verde:

  • Albertino Évora
  • Alberto Koening
  • Ary Morais & Band
  • Bitori
  • Bob Mascarenhas
  • Cremilda Medina
  • Elida Almeida
  • John D Brava
  • Jenifer Solidade
  • Juari Livramento
  • Olavo Bilac
  • Rapaz 100 Juiz
  • Shokanti

In two editions, AME has become a crucial meeting point for international music professionals from both sides of the Atlantic.

Registration and stand booking is currently open. Register here before 20 March to take advantage of the early bird rate.

First International Speakers and Media Confirmed for AME

The full conference programme will be announced very soon. In the meantime, check out which international speakers and international media have confirmed their attendance thus far:

  • Laurence Aloir (France), RFI - Musiques du Monde
  • Lu Araujo (Brazil), Mimo Festival
  • Octavio Arbelaez (Colombia), Redlat
  • Didier Awadi (Senegal), Studio Sankara
  • Amadou Fall Ba (Senegal), Festival Festa2H/Hip Hop Akademy
  • Carlos Bartilotti (Portugal), Bartilotti Produções
  • Vitor Belho (Spain), Nordesía
  • Bogdan Benigar (Slovenia), Festival Druga Godba
  • Frank Bolder (the Netherlands), North Sea Jazz Festival
  • Alfredo Caxaj (Canada), Sunfest Festival
  • Thierry Colion (Belgium), Le Soir
  • José Luis Cruz (Mexico), Festival Ollin Khan
  • Peter Culshaw (UK), Vice/Noisey
  • Mamou Daffé (Mali), Festival au Niger
  • Flavio de Abreu (Brazil), Scubidu Music/Viranda Festival
  • Patrick Duval (France), Rocher de Palmer/Musiques Métisses
  • Birgit Ellinghaus (Germany), Alba Kultur
  • Mario Escalona Serrano (Cuba), EGREM
  • Francis Gay (Germany), WDR
  • Christoph Giese (Germany), Jazzethik
  • António Miguel Guimaraes (Portugal), AMG Music Agency
  • Fernando Iniguez (Spain), El Pais/Radio Nacional 3
  • Marie-José Justamond (France), Les Suds à Arles
  • Brigitte Kaquet (Belgium), Festival Voix de Femmes
  • Faisal Kiwewa (Uganda), Bayimba Festival/DOADOA
  • Patrick Lavaud (France), Festival Les Nuits Atypiques de Langon
  • Benjamin Lebrave (Ghana), Akwaaba Music
  • Rob Lokin (the Netherlands), Africa Festival
  • Luc Mayitoukou (Congo/Senegal), Zhu Culture
  • Guy Morley (UK), No Nation
  • Sipho Sithole (South Africa), Native Rythms/Moshito
  • Fruzsina Szép (Hungary/Germany), Lollapalooza Festival/Berlin Festival
  • Araceli Tzigane (Spain), Mundofonías
  • Juan Antonio Vázquez (Spain), Mundofonías

AME is initiated by the Ministry of Culture of Cabo Verde and produced by Harmonia - label, distribution and event production directed by José da Silva - and WOMEX producer, Piranha Arts.

More artists and further programme details will be released soon!

For more information on Atlantic Music Expo, please visit their website.


Convention Meets Carnival – Porto Musical 2015 Wrap-Up

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After four days of successful networking, enthralling music and insightful conferences, the seventh edition of Porto Musical, a WOMEX Special Project, finished up its 2015 event on Saturday, 7 February in Recife, Brazil - right before Carnival! The famous Recife and Olinda street carnival is over and the dust is only settling just now, but the impact of Porto Musical is already being felt with an estimated 860,000 BRL (270,000 EUR) worth of deals already made via the event's newly introduced business roundtable format. More than 500 representatives from the international music community took part in this year's edition, forging new relationships with their peers, exhibiting at the Porto Exibe Fair and witnessing performances from up-and-coming musical acts from Brazil, Argentina, Peru, UK and more.

Thousands of Spectators

Three Daycases (a new addition this year), held at Paço do Frevo museum and 18 nighttime Showcases, in Arsenal da Marinha Square, made up the musical offering of Porto Musical. The Showcases highlighted a broad range of genres and styles, with the nighttime acts drawing an average of 2,000 spectators per show. Browse the showcase acts here.

Music and Business, Brazil and the Web

The event kicked off on Wednesday, 4 February with the introductory workshop, 'Music and Business'. 40 speakers and mentors from 18 countries hosted conference and round-table sessions, allowing delegates to delve into topics such as music in Brazil and using digital tools from Soundcloud to Twitter as well as receive tailored advice and tips from seasoned experts. Since the last editions of Porto Musical (already pioneering with the Go Digital! programmes) the digital world has grown to play a much bigger role in Brazilian music business.

Jody Gillett (UK), from Free Associates/Brazil Music Exchange, summed the Porto Musical experience as: "The best gateway into Brazil's independent scene, totally inspiring."

Take a look at the conference programme here.


An established music and technology convention as well as a crucial gateway to the Brazilian music market and other key markets in South America, Porto Musical has, in seven editions, become the go-to meeting point for music professionals from Brazil and abroad.

Porto Musical unites artists, record labels and tech representatives, music promoters and agents, festivals and cultural institutions as well as people interested and in tune with the latest music business trends and is produced by Fina Produçao, Astronave and WOMEX with the support of the Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social, the State of Pernambuco and the City of Recife.

For more information about Porto Musical, please visit their website.


WOMEX Stage at SXSW: 21 March 2015 at Flamingo Cantina

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We are once again headed to the US to host the annual WOMEX stage at SXSW! For the seventh consecutive year, we will organise an evening featuring top notch musical acts guaranteed to keep the crowds happy until WOMEX 15 later this year. The details are:


  • When: Thursday, 19 March
  • Time: 20:00
  • Where: Flamingo Cantina, 515 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

We will announce line-up very soon.

Hosting the evening at Flamingo Cantina in 2014 made for a wonderful night out and we cannot wait to return to that venue this year. Check it out online.

The WOMEX stage will be part of a joint global music presence featuring an unmissable selection of diverse and music acts under the motto "SXSW Globalistas: One Planet, Four Stages". FACE, one of Pakistan's most dynamic concert presenters and music organisations, will present the first SXSW Pakistani stage programme ever and two other evenings will be hosted by our friends at globalFEST, with an ecstatic line-up, and rock paper scissors with their "The Untangled Diaspora" stage. Stay tuned for more info. We would like to say a big thanks to everyone at SXSW for helping to make this happen. See you in Austin!


Roadshow: SXSW and Babel Med

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Our Director of Communications, Paul Bräuer, and Luca Jacob from our Film team will attend SXSW in Austin, Texas, USA, from Tuesday, 17 – Sunday, 22 March while Dhari Vij from our showcase team and Christine Semba, our Director of Consultancy & Special Projects, will head to Babel Med in Marseille, France from Thursday, 26 Saturday, 28 March.

If you'd like to meet up with the team on the road, you can get in touch via virtualWOMEX:

Or simply email media@womex.com.


Tallinn Music Week is Coming (Ad)

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During the last weekend of March, 206 artists from 26 countries will perform at the 7th edition of Tallinn Music Week from 25th to 29th March.

In its seventh year Tallinn Music Week has grown into a major meeting point for Eastern, Western and Central European music communities as well as an attractive spring time travel destination for the region’s music, culture and food lovers. An annually increasing number of foreign artists – 84 acts from 25 countries – proves the point.

In addition to the main festival programme, TMW presents traditional free afternoon City Stage concerts around town, a talk show series TMW Talks and the restaurant festival TMW Tastes. As a brand new addition the festival, TMW Arts, organized by Estonian Contemporary Art Development Centre and a two-day Tallinn Craft Beer Weekend, a showcase for best international micro-breweries in Telliskivi joins great artisan beer with a special TMW stage.

Check out more at tmw.ee.

Kind regards from your WOMEX team


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