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WOMEX 17 Official Showcase Selection

Below is the list of currently-announced WOMEX 17 Official Showcase artists.

A big thank you to our Seven Samurai, the independent, international jury that selected this programme. See below for our Spotify playlist of all artists.

The WOMEX 17 Showcase Festival is comprised of the Official Selection, DJ Summit, Regional Stage (coming soon) and offWOMEX (coming soon) programmes, and the WOMEX Artist Award (coming soon).

 

Alireza Ghorbani, by Sife Elamine

Alireza Ghorbani (Iran)

The leading man of classical Persian dastgah brings the ancient style to the modern day with respect and open ears.

Website

Photo by Sife Elamine

 

Aux, by Seung Hwan Roh

Aux (South Korea)

Pansori voice-and-drums with a rock band energy and attitude.

Website

Photo by Seung Hwan Roh

 

Betsayda Machado, by Wladimir Marcano

Betsayda Machado + Parranda El Clavo (Venezuela)

Earthen-voiced singer shining the spotlight on the little-known Afro-Venezuelan tambor style.

Website

Photo by Wladimir Marcano

 

Bitori, by Joao Barbosa

Bitori feat. Chandro Graciosa (Cabo Verde)

Two legends of funaná reunited after 20 years to lead the Lusafrican dance party.

Facebook page

Photo by Joao Barbosa

 

Black Flower, by Kobe Wens

Black Flower (Belgium)

Contemporary electrojazz dubs its way across Ethiopia and into space.

Website

Photo by Kobe Wens

 

Carnatic Nomad – Jyotsna Srikanth, by Chethan Ram

Carnatic Nomad – Jyotsna Srikanth (India/UK)

Classical music from southern India, with violin, mridangam and ghatam.

Website

Photo by Chethan Ram

 

Dakh Daughters, by Igor Gaidai

Dakh Daughters (Ukraine)

Come into the weird cabaret of spoken word, burlesque, punk and traditional Eastern European melodies to revel in the unknown.

Facebook page

Photo by Igor Gaidai

 

Dimitris Mystakidis, by Yannis Psathas

Dimitris Mystakidis (Greece)

Reviving the forgotten tsibiti guitar style and conjuring tales of migration past and present.

Website

Photo by Yannis Psathas

 

Elkin Robinson, by Fela Photography

Elkin Robinson (Colombia)

Sun-soaked calypso, mento and zouk from the new star of Caribbean Colombia.

Facebook page

Photo by Fela Photography

 

Erlend Viken Trio, by Johannes Selvaag

Erlend Viken Trio (Norway/Sweden)

Travelling through old and young Scandinavian traditions in nu-folk improvisations.

Facebook page

Photo by Johannes Selvaag

 

Gato Preto, by Alexander Wurm

Gato Preto (Mozambique/Ghana/Senegal/Germany)

Übercool pan-African bass and beats with feet in the past and eyes to the future.

Website

Photo by Alexander Wurm

 

Hot 8 Brass Band, by Melissa Fargo

Hot 8 Brass Band (USA)

Marching ever-onwards with the new generation of New Orleans brass bands.

Website

Photo by Melissa Fargo

 

Ifriqiyya Electrique, by Renaud de Foville

Ifriqiyya Electrique (Tunisia/France)

Post-industrial Banga ceremony for deep trance and ecstatic dance.

Facebook page

Photo by Renaud de Foville

 

King Ayisoba, by Nick Heldermann

King Ayisoba (Ghana)

Traditional funk from the monarch of the kologo lute from northern Ghana.

Website

PhotoKing Ayisoba, by Nick Heldermann

 

La Dame Blanche, by Paula Islas

La Dame Blanche (Cuba/France)

A princess of Cuban music, La Dame Blanche makes her own blend of hip-hop and whatever else catches her ear.

Facebook page

Photo by Paula Islas

 

Leyla McCalla, by Sarrah Danziger

Leyla McCalla (Haiti/USA)

Ex-Carolina Chocolate Drop explores her Haitian-American roots through folk music.

Website

Photo by Sarrah Danziger

 

Luciana Jury, by Alejandra López

Luciana Jury (Argentina)

Intense and intimate folk and tango laid bare in an expressive performance.

Website

Photo by Alejandra López

 

Maija Kauhanen, by Antti Kokkola

Maija Kauhanen (Finland)

One-woman band of kantele, percussion and vocals weaving evocative and emotional Finnish tales.

Website

Photo by Antti Kokkola

 

MAZ, by Melanie Kusznireckyj

MAZ (Canada)

Instrumental Quebecois folk for the future, with electronics and jazz.

Website

Photo by Melanie Kusznireckyj

 

Meta Meta, by Fernando Eduardo

Meta Meta (Brazil)

Political and angry post-punk fuelled by the religions of jazz and Afro-Brazilian candomble.

Website

Photo by Fernando Eduardo

 

Night, by Bishwo Harsha Bajracharya

Night (Nepal)

Using traditional instruments from lutes to leaves to kickstart a Nepali folk revival.

Website

Photo by Bishwo Harsha Bajracharya

 

Orchestre Les Mangelepa, by Daniel Kossmann

Orchestre Les Mangelepa (Kenya/DR Congo)

Classic Swahili rumba from its golden age in the 1970s. Get ready to move your hips!

Facebook page

Photo by Daniel Kossmann

 

Orlando Julius

Orlando Julius (Nigeria)

The saxman of Nigerian Afropop who is equally at home in disco, jazz or funk.

Facebook page

 

Park Jiha, by Nah Seungyull

Park Jiha (South Korea)

Equal parts Korean folk, Western classical and cool jazz create a contemplative mix to fall in love with.

Website

Photo by Nah Seungyull

 

Pixvae, by Bertrand Gaudillière

Pixvae (France/Colombia)

Colombian roots’n’noise for headbangers and beard-strokers.

Facebook page

Photo by Bertrand Gaudillière

 

Qwanqwa, by Vemund Brune-Hareide

Qwanqwa (Ethiopia)

A tradimodern approach to Ethiopian melodies, with a healthy dose of psychedelia thrown in.

Facebook page

Photo by Vemund Brune-Hareide

 

Sonido Gallo Negro

Sonido Gallo Negro (Mexico)

Psychedelia meets chicha Amazonica without leaving Mexico City behind.

Facebook page

 

Super Parquet

Super Parquet (France)

Drones and machines hallucinate an upside-down version of the French dance fête.

Website

 

Talisk

Talisk (UK)

The concertina-fiddle-guitar trio that are the fast-rising exponents of Scottish traditional music.

Website

 

Valentin Clastrier/Steven Kamperman

Valentin Clastrier/Steven Kamperman (France/The Netherlands)

Unexpected and angular jazz of hurdy-gurdy and clarinet innovators.

Website

 

Vasilis Kostas & Layth Sidiq Duo, by Panagiotis Kordas

Vasilis Kostas & Layth Sidiq Duo (Greece/Jordan/USA)

A unique collaboration between Greek laouto and Arabic violin for an inter-Mediterranean classical-jazz.

Vasilis Kostas website
Layth Sidiq website
Photo by Panagiotis Kordas

 

Victoria Hanna

Victoria Hanna (Israel)

Avant-garde vocal experiments radically recontexualising orthodox Hebrew texts.

Website

 

Waldemar Bastos

Waldemar Bastos (Angola/Portugal)

The veteran master with his own heartbreaking style including fado and morna influences.

Facebook page

 

Watch the first Showcase Sampler

  Listen to the WOMEX 17 Showcase Festival playlist

 

You can also take a look at Showcase artists from over the years in our WOMEX Showcase archives.

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