First Set of WOMEX 20 Showcase Announcements

WOMEX once again will celebrate creativity and musical diversity on stage. We present the first round of Jury-selected artists, including three Club Summit artists.

Faced with enormous challenges and numerous uncertainties in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, the decision-making process was unlike ever before. For the first time in WOMEX history, the Jury meeting was held digitally, with each member taking part from their personal lock-down.

Together with this year's local partner Hangvető, WOMEX is committed to providing visibility to the Jury-selected artists and conference speakers, including those who may be unable to attend in person this year. The final lineup may still change, but we are working with our Jury’s full selection to bring you a great and balanced programme live on stage.

The following 21 artists represent 21 different countries, with a musical diversity that offers an opportunity to experience artists and genres – those known and those less-known – and to encounter new musical ideas that unite the traditional and contemporary.

The Jury-selected artists represent a variety of genres and styles: from Ghanaian Frafra gospel to cello and jazz vocals from Cuba; from accappella Hungarian folk songs with a modern and polyphonic twist to a new form of borderless Mediterranean future folk; from the re-imagining of Vodou musicality to the power of a brass band with electronics that embrace North African vocals. Meet and celebrate the selected artists and allow yourself to be taken on a musical journey around the world.

article posted by:Gideon Elfgen, Piranha Arts