In four editions, the Atlantic Music Expo (AME) has established itself as a very strong, valuable and welcoming music professionals’ meeting for Cabo Verde, Africa, and all sides of the Atlantic. The 2016 edition saw partiticipation from 230 artists from Cabo Verde, Africa, Europe and Americas and 520 international delegates, exhibitors and media, as well as a trade fair featuring 73 stands.
The renowned Kriol Jazz Festival takes place right after AME, so every year at the beginning of April the archipelago’s capital Praia is transformed into a hot spot of vibrant transatlantic cultural exchanges. AME’s day and night showcases (including an urban music stage and DJ sets), conference programme, practical workshops, one-to-one meetings and evening street market, all combine to provide the perfect setting for music professionals and artists to network, expand their contacts and activities on all sides of the Atlantic Ocean and beyond, and to discover the host country. AME has become a very powerful think-tank around topics such as creolisation, the role of culture in development, advocacy for the African music sector, reinforcing the transatlantic exchanges, and many more.
"The tiny island paradise where 'people breathe music'."
Eoghan Macguire, CNN
"AME is an opportunity for the development of music, not only in Cabo Verde but for the whole continent."
Mamou Daffe (Mali), director of the Festival au Niger
"Very good job! Great conference and showcase event to visit, in a beautiful city, on a beautiful island. Would go back right away!"
Frank Bolder (The Netherlands), programme manager of the North Sea Jazz Festival
Atlantic Music Expo (AME) 2018
Praia, Cabo Verde
9-12 April 2018
Watch the Cabo Verdean Minister for Culture Mário Lúcio Sousa's inspiring speech at the acceptance of the WOMEX 14 Professional Excellence Award below:
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Photo: Atlantic Music Expo trade fair, by To Gomes.
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