WOMEX 15 BUDAPEST - Registration Now Open!


Registration Now Open!

We have officially launched our online registration and stand booking system for this year's edition in Budapest, Hungary, 21-25 October 2015! Registrations are available as a 5-day package only and provide access to the full WOMEX programme including the Trade Fair, Conferences, Showcase Festival, Film Screenings, Opening and the Award Ceremony.

Registration prices will remain low. We encourage you to register before Friday, 19 June to obtain the best-value Smart Rate (255 Euro - the same as last year). More...


BBC Folk Awards 2015

9Bach Win Prestigious Award

BBC Folk Awards 2015 - 9Bach Win Prestigious Award WOMEX 13 Showcase artists 9Bach last night won the BBC Radio 2 2015 Folk Award for Best Album for their second album Tincian, released on Real World Records.

The contemporary Welsh folk group wowed audiences at WOMEX 13 at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, and last night they returned to receive their award. A hearty congratulations to them! More...


R.I.P. Mingiedi Mawangu

KONONO NO 1 - R.I.P. Mingiedi Mawangu Piranhas thoughts are with Konono n°1 , with the family and friends, and with all Electric Likembe Lovers for whom this day is a sad day.

Merci pour tout, Mingiedi Mawangu! We bow our heads. If there isn't a hall of fame of global music already, one should invent it for you. More...


Atlantic Music Expo 2015 Opens Today!

PIRANHA CONSULT - Atlantic Music Expo 2015 Opens Today! Today the transatlantic AME will open its doors to bring together artists and music professionals from the islands, Africa and both sides of the Atlantic from 6 to 9 April 2015.

WOMEX and Piranha are again co-organizing the event, a part of our team returning to the sun-kissed shores of Cabo Verde

Follow them online! More...


WOMEX and Circulart Announce New Partnership

PIRANHA CONSULT - WOMEX and Circulart Announce New Partnership Piranha Arts and Redlat, who organise WOMEX and Circulart respectively, have announced that they will team up to put on the upcoming editions of the Colombian music meeting.

Since its introduction in 2010, Circulart has become a central fixture on the calendar of music professionals from Latin America and beyond, a feature that Piranha Arts' director of consultancy & special projects, Christine Semba would like to build upon:

"We are thrilled to welcome Colombia's leading music meeting among our special projects! Circulart is an event we already know well and we appreciate the professional way it is organised as well as the very strong networking opportunities it offers to Latin America, an extremely dynamic region on the world musical map. Together with Redlat we will work to broaden... More...


Showcase and Conference Jury Revealed

WOMEX 15 - Showcase and Conference Jury Revealed With the call for proposals currently open, once again, we have invited seven representatives of the global music community to join the WOMEX Jury, otherwise known as the famous seven Samurai, to go through all of your beautiful proposals. As always five Samurai will put together this year's showcase festival line-up and two Samurai will select the conference programme. 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),... More...


Submit Your Showcase, Conference or Film Proposal Now!

WOMEX 15 BUDAPEST - Submit Your Showcase, Conference or Film Proposal Now! It's time! The call for showcase, conference and film proposals for WOMEX 15 has officially opened. Exceptional musical acts, speakers, mentors, networkers, DJs and music filmmakers are called upon to submit their programme ideas by Friday, 10 April 2015. Whether applicants are interested in performing as an artist or musical group; discussing key topics and trends related to the industry; or wish to present their music film to an engaged audience of music professionals, we encourage people from all sectors and all corners of the earth to take part.

Based on delegate feedback, we have developed a new method of submitting proposals for WOMEX 15, using a tailor-made proposal system created in collaboration with the independent company Brumedje, located on the Cabo Verdean islands:... More...


WOMEX 14 Re:mixes Released

GLOBAL CLUB MUSIC NETWORK & WOMEX - WOMEX 14 Re:mixes Released After a successful first edition of WOMEX 13 remixes was released last year, the Global Club Music Network (GCMN) and WOMEX once again teamed up to develop the WOMEX 14 Re:mixes by GCMN, featuring songs from eight WOMEX 14 showcase artists that have been reworked by members of the GCMN.

Listen on virtualWOMEX.

A huge thank you to DJ/Producer Kosta Kostov, Miriam L. Brenner and everyone involved in bringing this to life.

Below is a list of the compilation's tracks:

Oum – 'Lik' (Mashti & Polyesta Remix)
La Chiva Gantiva – 'Para Arriba' (David Miret Remix)
Korrontzi – 'Sardos-K' (Makala Remix)
La Yegros – 'Solo' (Kosta Kostov Remix)
Calima –... More...


Porto Musical Gets Underway in Recife, Brazil

PIRANHA CONSULT - Porto Musical Gets Underway in Recife, Brazil 05-02-2015: Porto Musical kicked off yesterday in Recife, Brazil! The event was ushered in last night with three showcase performances from Brazilian artists – Juliano Holanda; Félix Robatto; and DJ Dolores – at Praça do Arsenal.

Running until Saturday, 07 February, the Porto Musical programme is full to the brim with a trade fair as well as conferences, workshops, speed meetings and round-table mentoring sessions tackling everything from audio streaming to promoting Brazilian music and analysing the creative economy while artists from Brazil, the UK, Peru, Argentina and more will take to the stage as part of the showcase programme.

Check out the entire schedule here.

Porto Musical is produced by Fina Produçao, Astronave and Piranha... More...


Watch Mario Lucio's Award Acceptance Speech

WOMEX AWARDS - Watch Mario Lucio's Award Acceptance Speech In light of recent world events, it helps to remind ourselves that our community is working for a good cause, and to remember the many musical initiatives with which all of us are trying to promote tolerance, diversity and peace. Rarely has anyone put this into words more convincingly than Mário Lúcio Sousa (Cabo Verde) did in his acceptance speech in Santiago de Compostela last year, receiving the WOMEX Award for Professional Excellence.

Watch Mário Lúcio Sousa's acceptance speech at WOMEX 14 in Santiago de Compostela. The video's subtitles contain a transcription of his powerful words. You need to turn on captions to see the subtitles.

Photo: Jacob Crawfurd More...


Rest in peace Julien Weiss

SHOWCASE ARTISTS - Rest in peace Julien Weiss It is with deep sadness that we commemorate Julien Jâlal Eddine Weiss, who has left us earlier this year. Julien, french and swiss musician, and qânun virtuoso (oriental zyther) created Al-Kindi Ensemble in 1983. Al Kindi have been selected as a WOMEX showcase in 2013 but were not able to come due to visa regulations and the Syrian war.

Hereby we would like to bring your attention to this great musician one more time. Rest in peace. More...


WOMEX Roadshow Heads to NYC

WOMEX 14 - WOMEX Roadshow Heads to NYC At WOMEX, it's important to us that we know exactly what's happening in the music industry all over the world. On that note, the WOMEX Roadshow is already on the move for 2015, and the first stop is chilly New York!

Our Founding Director Ben Mandelson will be attending the annual meeting of APAP – the Association of Performing Arts Presenters – in New York City from the 9th – 13th January. If you're attending APAP|NYC or will be around the city on these dates and want to meet up with Ben, simply drop us an email at media@womex.com to arrange a meeting! More...


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