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WOMEX Newsletter, 22 June 2016

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WOMEX 16 Showcases Announced –
Bringing International Talent to the World Stage

We are so excited to finally be able to reveal the first batch of showcase artists for WOMEX 16! 23 artists with musicians from 28 countries – from Angola to Venezuela, the Czech Republic to Uzbekistan and our host region Galicia. These first artists are all part of the WOMEX Official Selection, as chosen by the Seven Samurai. This international, independent jury of world music experts had the difficult task of selecting only a tiny percentage of all the high-quality submissions from 120 countries.

You can see the full list of showcase artists announced today below, as well as with photographs and links on our website. Show the world you are a WOMEXican by 'attending' the WOMEX 16 Facebook event page – invite your friends!

You can already get a small taste of what to expect by watching the WOMEX 16 showcase trailer video (edited by Laurent Benhamou, made by crunk). Take a look, and remember, there's even more to come!
  • Bargou 08 (Tunisia/Belgium)
    Electrotraditions from the mountains of the Maghreb.
  • Bixiga 70 (Brazil)
    Cosmic Afrobeat with a Brazilian point-of-view.
  • Black String (South Korea)
    New sounds for the ancient instruments of Korea.
  • C4 Trio (Venezuela)
    True mastery of the Venezuelan cuatro from three of its top exponents.
  • Delgres (Guadeloupe/France)
    Delta blues from the French Caribbean.
  • Dudu Tassa & The Kuwaitis (Israel)
    Rocker with royal heritage sets his sights on his Iraqi Jewish origins.
  • Gisela João (Portugal)
    Skyrocketing fadista with a voice as powerful as it is emotional.
  • Gulzoda (Uzbekistan)
    Elegant singer and master of the classical shashmaqam.
  • Maïa Barouh (Japan/France)
    Sophisticated electropop Sophisticated electropop touches base with rural Japan.
  • New York Gypsy All Stars (Macedonia/Turkey/Greece/USA)
    Sounds of the Near East, the Balkans and the Big Apple mix in the melting pot.
  • Noura Mint Seymali (Mauritania)
    Raw desert blues from Mauritania’s hottest singer.
  • Okra Playground (Finland)
    Age-old songs unapologetically renovated.
  • Oligarkh (Russia)
    Orthodox chants, Russian folk and historical footage meet in a dark electronica AV spectacular.
  • Ponk (Czech Republic)
    Moravian roots interpreted by today's open-eared pioneers.
  • Puerto Candelaria (Colombia)
    Looking into cumbia’s pastoral past and intergalactic future.
  • Radio Cos (Spain)
    Musical researchers delve into the fun side of Galicia's folk traditions.
  • The East Pointers (Canada)
    Exploring Canada’s transatlantic connections and Celtic traditions.
  • Throes + The Shine (Angola/Portugal)
    Joining Luanda and Porto into one Afropean metropolis with kuduro and more.
  • Trad.Attack! (Estonia)
    Keeping alight the flames of Estonia’s traditions – with rock!
  • Trio Da Kali (Mali)
    Deep griot roots of the 21st century with virtuosic chemistry.
  • Tulegur (China)
    Post-rock connects Inner Mongolia with the inner city.
  • United Vibrations (UK)
    Afro-futurist jazz quartet play with funk and soul.
  • Vassvik (Norway)
    Innovative joik with strings and sonic art create Arctic soundscapes.
Worldwide Community News in Brief
  • 'The Migrants Files' have announced their last database update coming up on Friday declaring that they have reached their initial goal of creating more awareness and triggering official numbers on migration being taken by other institutions. We bow to them! (The Migrants Files)
  • And as there can never be enough awareness for this issue, especially in the global music community, we are very thankful to the European Music Council who reissued our joint statement on against xenophobia and pro diversity in their latest "Sounds in Europe" magazine, including a new foreword by our (Piranha Arts') Director of Communications, Paul Bräuer. (Sounds in Europe)
And for something a little more musical:
  • The ninth edition of Mauritania's own hip-hop festival and conference, Festival Assalamalekoum, took place at the beginning of June, with the theme of "resistance through music". (Arterial Network)
  • Superfly Records have posted a great interview with Samy Ben Redjeb, head of Analog Africa and WOMEX DJ in 2009, on the subjects of crate-diggers, golden age revivals and more. (Superfly Records)
  • Vanessa Reed of the PRS for Music Foundation has published a short report based on her panel on gender equality in music at Liverpool Sound City. (Huffington Post)
  • London Jazz News has reviewed a concert by WOMEX 14 showcase artist Maarja Nuut from Estonia – we wish we could have been there! A great artist marrying the world, jazz and classical scenes, and her new album was released on 3 June. (London Jazz News)
  • We've received news of the tragic and senseless murder of Amjad Sabri in Karachi, Pakistan. An amazing singer, he will be sorely missed. (BBC News)
  • A new film explores the mysterious disappearance of Bi Kidude, leading figure of East African taraab and WOMEX Award winner in 2005. (The Guardian)
  • The German "Turn" project has been prolonged. Very good! (Kulturstiftung des Bundes)
  • It is winter time now in the Southern hemisphere – experts from Sounds and Colours can help you out with the "Top Ten South American Afrobeat Jams" – definitely worth a listen! (Sounds and Colours)
  • And last but not least, did you know that you can now vote in any country's elections on this earth?
Photo credits in order of appearance: Trio Da Kali, by Youri Lenquette; Gisela João (still from the WOMEX Showcase trailer); Throes + The Shine, by Ricardo Almeida; Ponk, by Matej Kmeť.
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