Did you miss the wonderful performance by Ági Herczku & Band on the Club Duna stage at WOMEX 15?
Well, never fear! The concert has now been released as an album, entitled Live at WOMEX Budapest, along with four bonus studio tracks, on Fonó Records. We want to thank and congratulate Ági Herczku on this achievement and all involved!
You can order the album and get more information about both the release and the artist at the Fonó Records website (website in Hungarian).
Thanks also go to Nikola Parov, Fonó Budai Zeneház for arranging the release, to Hangveto and Müpa Budapest for programming the Club Duna stage and o Toshi, David and Roger Short of BBC Music for facilitating the recording. More...
Worldwide Community News
News has reached the world about the tragic death of Papa Wemba, on stage in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
The Congolese singer was a pioneer of rumba Lingala and an icon of La Sape culture in DR Congo and internationally. We were honoured to invite him to perform as part of the Showcase Festival at WOMEX 10 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He had a golden voice, and he will be missed.More...
As usual, the World Music Charts Europe have put together a list of the albums that have been played the most on world music radio stations and shows across Europe over the last month. Here is the April top ten:
1 ABBAR EL HAMADA Aziza Brahim (Western Sahara)
2 NE SO Rokia Traore (Mali)
3 RIVIERE NOIRE Riviere Noire, (France & Brazil)
4 KONONO NO 1 MEETS BATIDA Konono No 1 (DR Congo & Portugal)
5 LIKE A BIRD OR SPIRIT, NOT A FACE Sainkho Namtchylak (Siberia)
6 KOKUMA Gambari Band (Mali)
7 KOBANI Ferhat Tunc (Turkey)
8 THE GLOAMING 2 The Gloaming (Ireland)
9 MERIDAN 68 DagaDana (Poland)
10 ESPERANTO Dimitris Mystakidis (Greece)
WOMEX World Tour
The Atlantic Music Expo kicked off yesterday in Praia, Cabo Verde!
It's the first stop on the WOMEX World Tour for 2016, and it promises to be four days full of great business and great music. We're already getting good feedback from Praia, and we hope to get you some updates from the ground in the coming days.
Are any of you WOMEXicans in Cabo Verde for the expo? Let us know! (A few of us here in Berlin wish we were, too...) More...
Registration for WOMEX 16 is now officially live you can register as a delegate and book a trade fair stand online now!
Registrations are available as a five-day package only and provide access to the full WOMEX programme including the trade fair, conferences, showcase festival, film screenings, opening and award ceremony, as well as including a free one-year membership to virtualWOMEX.
The WOMEX Trade Fair will run from Wednesday, 19 to Saturday, 22 October. The networking epicentre of every WOMEX edition, the trade fair features exhibitors from a broad cross-section of countries and musical sectors. Hosting a stand gives you a platform to present your business, your music or your artists direct to key members of the international music community a stand is the best... More...
ON THE ROAD
Tomorrow, Musikmesse Frankfurt, the international expo for music instrument, sheet music, music production and marketing, will kick off in Frankfurt am Main, taking place between 6 10 April 2016.
On Saturday, 9 April, the President of Piranha Arts, Christoph Borkowsky, will be speaking as part of the Future Forum: Focus on Africa programme. For the first time, Musikmesse Frankfurt will be focussing on the creative and musical life of Africa. The audience can look forward to five podium discussions including representatives from notable cultural institutions and a concert from the Cameroonian band Macase.
If you will be attending Musikmesse Frankfurt on 9 April and would like to meet up with Christoph, please contact us at email@example.com to arrange a meeting.
WOMEX 16 Call for Proposals
Calling all informative, educational and/or controversial speakers to present their topics, projects and passions to WOMEXicans in our conference programme - the Call for Proposals closes soon!
A broad range of topics can be addressed, from artistic and creative to more business related issues - help delegates investigate issues and develop solutions together, to keep them up-to-date with new developments and current issues and finally to orient towards the future.
The deadline for conference proposals is 15 April - apply now!
For more information, see our Submit a Proposal
WOMEX 16 Call for Proposals
Calling all documentary filmmakers - have you made a film of any length documenting music from around the world? We want you to present it at WOMEX!
For the second year running, WOMEX will curate the film programme in-house, and we are looking for creators to propose their films for screening at WOMEX 16 in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain. The Call for Proposals is open until 15 April.
WOMEX Film presents new releases documentaries that portray music, movements and history from across the world. WOMEX gives you a platform to present your work and connect directly to the world music community - propose now!
You can find more information at our... More...
As ever, the World Music Charts Europe have put together a list of the albums that have been played the most on world music radio stations and shows across Europe over the last month. Here is the March top ten:
1 NÉ SO Rokia Traoré (Mali)
2 ESPERANTO Dimitris Mystakidis (Greece)
3 AT THE EDGE OF THE BEGINNING Idan Raichel (Israel)
4 THE TAMBOURINE MAN Xabier Diaz & Adufeiras de Salitre (Spain)
5 SENSITIVE SKIN Kimmo Pohjonen (Finland)
6 RIVIERE NOIRE Riviere Noire (France & Brazil)
7 VIENA Värttinä (Finland)
8 ZUKVA Divanhana (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
9 NAVEGA MUNDOS Las Hermanas Caronni (Argentina)
10 PALM-WINE MUSIC IN THE 21ST CENTURY Koo Nimo (Ghana)
In addition to that, the Transglobal World Music Charts show a listing of... More...
Tomorrow - that's Thursday, 17 March - WOMEX will be hosting its annual WOMEX Night at SXSW in Austin, Texas. The event will take place at Flamingo Cantina and the music starts at 8pm and goes until late!
We will be hosting six amazing artist from six different countries, all giving a unique spin to the world's traditional music. You can find information and links to all the artists performing at our WOMEX at SXSW
page. You can also listen to a preview of our artists, as well as other world music offerings from other areas of the festival on our Spotify playlist
WOMEX director Alexander Walter and head of production Matoula Koutsari... More...
Some great news: WOMEX 15, which was held in Budapest, Hungary, has been awarded the Artisjus Award from Best Popular Music Event of the Year!
The Artisjus Awards are held by the Hungarian collecting society and are some of the most prestigious music awards in the country. We're very proud to have been recognised with this award, and we want to thank our WOMEX 15 local partners Hangvető for all the hard work they put in.
Now we're looking forward to WOMEX 16 even more! More...
Germany's premier intercultural radio station Funkhaus Europa - friends of WOMEX and us all - have been threatened with a devastating reformation which would include the scrapping of all music programming. This would be a massive blow to world music in Germany, and a petition has been set up to encourage the station's parent company, WDR, to take back this proposal.
This petition has reached a whopping 22,000 signatures, and today - 7 March - the institutional body of WDR are meeting to decide these final cuts. We hope the make the right decision for world music, radio and the listening public and keep world music on Funkhaus Europa!
Thank you very much for all WOMEXicans who have helped the petition reach the numbers it has. More...