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Atlantic Music Expo

Highlights from AME 2014

Atlantic Music Expo

Next Edition:
Praia, Republic of Cabo Verde | 6 – 9 April 2015

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After a successful second edition in 2014, Atlantic Music Expo (AME) will return to the sun-kissed shores of Cabo Verde in 2015, bringing together artists and music professionals from the islands, Africa and both sides of the Atlantic from 6 to 9 April 2015.

Submit your idea for the 2015 programme! Submit a Showcase proposal here or a Conference proposal here. The deadline for all submission is Friday, 31 October 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)."

Mehdi Nassouli, 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.

Register / Book a Stand

Registration and stand booking for AME 2015 is now open. Book here

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?

Register and book a stand for AME 2015 here

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

Practical Information

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 2014

This year, AME featured 12 Cabo Verdean and 14 international showcases, six conference sessions, two one-to-one mentoring sessions and three practical workshops where national and international artists and managers could get advice on artist management, digital promotion and booking.

Palacio Da Cultura was also the venue for AME's roundtables and workshops during the day, allowing delegates to delve into the world of urban music and its place in Africa; wade through the puzzling-but-necessary world of copyright; and find out how one group of musical activists are bringing Creole culture and melodies to a wider audience, among other topics. 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.

Manecas Costa, by To Gomes AME 2014 also saw the inauguration of the Secretariat of the African Music Forum at Rua Pedonal in Praia which was formulated at last year's edition during a conference session by the Minister of Culture of Cabo Verde, Mario Lucio Sousa, and Youssou N'Dour.

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.

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 chose the final showcase line-up:
  • 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 response from the delegates was extremely positive, with professionals from the global music community stating that they were impressed with the quality of the showcases, fascinated by the creole culture and the exchanges at AME's conferences in "magical" Cabo Verde - "an area that's ripe for (musical) exploration" and found this meeting of music representatives from all sides of the Atlantic highly relevant and well-organised.

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(Photos by To Gomes)

AME is produced by:

Harmonia               WOMEX

AME is supported by:

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