The 17th WOMEX Award Ceremony will take place on Sunday, 25 October at the Palace of Arts in Budapest and will recognise formidable artistry, professionalism and contribution to the arts sector and record label output in the following three categories: Artist Award; Professional Excellence Award; and Top Label Award. This year, Cheikh Lô has been selected as the recipient of the Artist Award.
Beloved in Senegal, adored by world music fans and admired by musicians around the world, there is no doubt that Cheikh Lô is one of the giants of West African music. Lô is a tireless musical innovator, pushing boundaries in both his own music and as a collaborator with many and varied artists. We are delighted to bestow this... More...
WOMEX 15 BUDAPEST
The next round of artists set to perform as part of this year's Showcase Festival is now locked in! These artists join the Official Selection line-up and will take to the stage at WOMEX 15, running from 21 - 25 October in Budapest, Hungary.
We are also delighted to say that there has been a 10 percent rise in registrations in comparison to the same time last year - check out who's coming and start setting up meetings via the list of delegates, companies and exhibitors on our website.
Kind regards from your WOMEX team
Photo Mamar Kassey by Jy Lafontaine More...
In his TEDx talk on the Iranian island of Kish, Songlines Magazine Editor-in-Chief (and serial WOMEXican) Simon Broughton asks the question 'Can Music Change the World?'
We think we may be a bit biased in our answer to that question, but with his discussion of music and culture in Iran, Romania, India and Morocco, the video is well worth a watch. More...
WOMEX 15 BUDAPEST
It's not just the WOMEX 15 Showcase Festival that is coming together - we have already announced our first set of Conference sessions and speakers! Both topics and speakers are worldwide in their scope, and this year's programme is set to be as interesting as ever. Here are the sessions announced so far:
Introduction to the Music Scene in India - Emmanuelle de Decker
Touring the Balkans - Kay Krijnen
Music Bridging Communities in Post-Conflict Environments - Darren Ferguson
Breaking Down the Walls - Jo Frost
Artist Data Insights - Erich Ludwig
Why Curation Will Save the Music Industry - Felix Zeltner
Who is That Singing Your Song? - Manojna Yeluri
Masters from the Past The "Final Hour" Program - Péter Árendás
Connecting with the Far East: Focusing on Korea, China &... More...
Together with the first announcement of our showcase artists and conference speakers, we have also released our Showcase trailer to get you extra-excited. You can view the trailer on YouTube now! More...
Did you know that the Duduk is made from the wood of the Apricot tree? Our 2002 WOMEX Award winner and master of the Duduk, Djivan Gasparyan is subject of a documentary which seeks funding through Kickstarter. Enjoy the trailer of "Bitter Apricot" and consider backing this beautiful project.More...
WOMEX WORLD TOUR
Currently we are in Colombia assisting Circulart - the most important Latin American Music Meeting - and taking it to the next level with a selection of delegates from overseas. Read on for photos, background info, showcase artists, conference topics and press results... More...