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Highlights from AME 2013

Atlantic Music Expo

Next Edition:
Praia, Republic of Cabo Verde | 7 – 10 April 2014

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It's back - following a successful debut in 2013, Atlantic Music Expo (AME) is returning to the sun-kissed shores of Cabo Verde, bringing together artists and music professionals from the islands, Africa and both sides of the Atlantic from 7 to 10 April 2014.

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. Guiomar Alonso Cano, Responsible for Culture at UNESCO’s Regional Office in Dakar, said: "UNESCO welcomes this initiative to boost the music industry across the Atlantic. It is truly the first of its kind and the fruit of a visionary partnership between the Ministry of Culture, Harmonia and the World Music Expo (WOMEX)."

AME 2013 Showcases, by To Gomes The first edition of AME attracted around 500 local and international delegates from almost 30 countries to the archipelago's capital for three full days of vibrant transatlantic cultural exchange.

AME’s day and night showcases, full conference programme and evening street market provides the perfect setting for music professionals and artists to network, expand their contacts and activities on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, and to discover the host country. AME takes place right before the renowned Kriol Jazz Festival, offering delegates the possibility to enjoy an even broader range of musical discoveries with a strong jazz flavour.

A call for programme proposals for the AME 2014 was launched in October 2013. The deadline closed on 6 November 2013. Around 170 showcase proposals were received from all regions of Africa, the Americas, Europe and beyond. A specially selected jury of five proven music experts from all sides of the Atlantic will be going through the showcase proposals:
  • Bill Bragin (USA), Lincoln Center/globalFEST
  • Jose da Silva (Cabo Verde/France), Harmonia/Lusafrica
  • Marta Dobosz (Poland/Angola), Warsaw Cross Culture Festival
  • Christine Semba (France/Germany), piranha womex
  • Sipho Sithole (South Africa), Native Rhythms Productions
The full showcase programme will be announced in due course.

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Come join us in Praia! A registration to AME includes access to the conference, workshop activities and daycases. The AME market and night showcases are accessible free of charge.

AME offers an original open air trade fair on the main square in the centre of Praia, accessible for both delegates and the local audience. Want to present your activities? Sell CDs? Sell music instruments or music equipment? Advertise your event?

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Please note: the number of stands is limited. They will be distributed on a first-come-first-served base.

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All you need to know about flight connections, visas, accommodation, venues etc. can be found on the AME website

See you in Praia in April!

Highlights from Atlantic Music Expo 2013

Nearly 30 concerts
- featuring both Cabo Verdean and international artists from Brazil, Portugal, Benin, Mali, France, Guadeloupe (FR), Mozambique, South Africa, Angola and Morocco, and including a special opening, daycases, night-time showcases, and a closing night - offered delegates and the general public an exciting international music panorama during AME. The concert venues were Palacio Da Cultura Ildo Lobo, Rua Pedonal (outdoor) and Auditorio Nacional Jorge Barbosa, all in the city centre.

Palacio Da Cultura was also the venue for AME's roundtables and workshops during the day, which covered a broad range of topics from music funding to author's rights with a strong focus on markets, circuits and circulation in Africa as well as in the Americas and Europe. Also part of the programme were 15-minute speed meetings offering Cabo Verdean delegates and international guests a direct opportunity to get in contact with each other.

Mario Lucio Sousa and Youssou N'Dour, by To Gomes The second day of AME witnessed the launch of a new African Forum of Festivals, which will aim to strengthen the value of culture and foster artist mobility across Africa as a first step and expand globally afterwards. This came as the result of an animated high-profile debate with Minister of Culture, Mario Lucio Sousa (Cabo Verde) and Youssou N'Dour (Senegal), Minister of Tourism and Leisure - both musicians in their own right - at the roundtable session: 'Circulation within Africa: A Possible Dream?', featuring experts from Uganda, South Africa, Angola, Cameroon, Ethiopia and Cabo Verde.

The market on Praça Alexandre Albuquerque just in front of Palacio da Cultura was open for AME delegates and the general public alike, gathering exhibitors from in- and outside Cabo Verde: music professionals presenting their activities, all kinds of local and foreign instruments, plus Cabo Verdean treasures from musicians to handicrafts and from wine to cheese.

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(Photos by To Gomes)

AME is produced by:

Harmonia               WOMEX

AME is supported by:

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