• 24-28 OCT 2018
  • Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

Showcase Artists 2018
(more to be announced)

Browse through the list of the first part of the WOMEX 18 Showcase artists below and get a first glimpse of what you can expect at the Showcase Festival this year. More artists will be announced soon. A big thank you to our 7 Samurai, the independent, international jury that selected this programme.

The WOMEX 18 Showcase Festival is comprised of the Official Showcase Selection, Club Summit, Atlantic Connections and offWOMEX programmes.

Official Showcase Selection


photo by Camilo Pachón

Frente Cumbiero (Colombia)

Masterminded by Colombian songwriter and producer Mario Galeano Toro (also founding a member of Ondatrópica and Los Pirañas), the group has been active for over a decade. Their musical influences are deeply rooted in the sounds of traditional cumbia but only to shape their contemporary signature sound.


Gaye Su Akyol (Turkey)

Distinctive melodramatic vocals with spaghetti-western guitar twang, spooked-out electronics, cinematic strings, traditional instrumentation, this is the wide-screen music of Akyol’s Turkish roots influenced with western rock.


photo by JB Joire

Guiss Guiss Bou Bess (Senegal/France)

Two distinct artists from two different worlds: Mara Seck and Stéphane Costantini merge their musical powers to transverse the current electronic music wave with the music of the African continent, more particularly with the rhythms of sabar and mbalax.


photo by Park In Gyu

Kim So Ra (South Korea)

An active performer of janggu (a slim waist drum used in traditional Korean music) and ambassador of Honam Province Jeongeup folk music, Kim So Ra is trained under the direct apprenticeship of human cultural asset Master Jihwa Yu. Kim is also a founding member of Korean Percussion Duo ‘BUD’ and Electronic music band ‘nuMori’ in Seoul, South Korea.


photo by Kevin Bay

Ladama (Venezuela/Brazil/USA/Colombia)

A group of four women, virtuosic musicians, and educators - Lara Klaus, Daniela Serna, Mafer Bandola and Sara Lucas - each from a different country and culture of the Americas join forces to bring their distinct style, rhythm, and traditional roots in their compositions mixed with pop often sung in Spanish, Portuguese and English.


photo Oriana Elicabe

Marinah (Spain)

Originally known as Marina Abad, she was a singer of critically acclaimed and commercially popular Catalan band, Ojos de Brujo, the combo that broke musical boundaries merging rumba and flamenco. Pursuing a solo career since 2013, she continues her musical adventures with rumba, reggae, flamenco, Latin music, hip-hop, and Afro and Cuban styles.


photo by Hollin Jones

Mario Batkovic (Switzerland)

Mario Batkovic is a Swiss virtuoso solo accordion player born in Bosnia. His style and playing are often challenging and experimental as he scratches every nuance out of the instrument, connecting different musical worlds and distilling them into one concentrated sound.


photo by Pixbynot

Moonlight Benjamin (Haiti/France)

The powerful and original fusion between the Caribbean voodoo melodies and rhythms, led by Matthis Pascaud’s blues-rock and psychedelic style guitars, groovy basslines with tight drums and percussions, along with Moonlight's powerful and rebellious voice, this is the voodoo trance in a new, explosive style.


photo by Elvis Bob

Nelida Karr (Equatorial Guinea)

Born in Malabo, Nelida Karr is the contemporary musical revelation of the rhythms and sounds of Equatorial Guinea. Nelida combines elements of jazz and blues with melodies, rhythms, and lyrics of ethnic Bubi and other Equator-Guinean instruments.


photo by Peter Frank Edwards

Ranky Tanky (USA)

From the South Carolina Lowcountry, comes Ranky Tanky, a quintet with music rooted in an African culture that has shaped American art, food, language, and attitude. That culture, its people, and their mother tongue are called Gullah. With their jazz-influenced arrangements, Ranky Tanky revives timeless Gullah songs, stories, and music for a new generation of listeners.


Rob Thorne Toi Puoro (New Zealand)

New Zealand Māori composer, performer, and anthropologist Rob Thorne is a diverse and original explorer in the journey of Taonga Puoro (traditional Māori instruments), fusing ancient voices with modern sounds. Using looping technology, Māori flutes and horns made from stone, bone, shell, and wood, Rob creates transcendental aural experiences.


photo by Aurore Vinot

Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda (Algeria/France)

A new electro-Maghreb vision by Sofiane Saidi, with the vivid and colorful sounds of Mazalda - this a feverish dive into the raï of the eighties, with dramatic synthesizers and infectious grooves, topped with eastern rhythms and melodies of psychedelic energy.


photo by Tom Gustavsen

Sver (Norway/Sweden)

Norwegian/Swedish Sver plays epic Nordic folk music. Their music can be identified with traditional melodies with high energy levels, tight interplays with creative, contemporary arrangements that lend the Norwegian folk music to a new and exciting form of expression.


photo by Bir Images

Toko Telo (Madagascar)

Madagascar's supergroup interprets traditional musical styles of – tsapiky, jihe, beko – with unequaled artistry. Featuring the highly acclaimed D’Gary on guitar & voice, award-winning Monika Njava on percussions and voice and Madagascar’s most celebrated guitarist of his generation Joël Rabesolo, on guitar, voice & percussions.


photo by Nitai Neateye

The Turbans (Bulgaria/Greece/Israel/Spain/UK)

The Turbans bind together music from 'manywhere'. Drawing on the rich cultural heritage of both the Levantine and Balkan regions, they create original music for the 21st century, inspired by ancient melodies.


photo by Dave Brosha

Vishtèn (Canada)

Hailing from Canada's Prince-Edward Island and Magdalen Island, Vishtèn has been recognized as an ambassador of Francophone culture around the world. Their music is a fiery blend of traditional French songs and original instrumentals that fuse Celtic and Acadian genres with a modern rock sensibility and indie-folk influences.


Club Summit


photo by Elisa Giorgi

Uji (Argentina)

Uji (aka Luis Maurette) is a nomadic electronic producer and multi-instrumentalist born in Buenos Aires and raised throughout Latin America. His music merges the seemingly opposite worlds of the ancient and the modern in a ritual of chants and dance, drawing on Latin American, African, and various other indigenous folk traditions from around the world.