WOMEX Newsletter, 26 April 2016 View this email in your browser

Happenings on the WOMEX World Tour, and more…

April has been a busy month for the WOMEX World Tour – Atlantic Music Expo in Cabo Verde at the beginning and Sound of the Xity in China at the end. Find out what will be happening at Sound of the Xity and what did happen at Atlantic Music Expo below.

There is also a couple of updates on WOMEX 16 – regarding registrations and known scams – as well as a word from our friends at Midem and the Worldwide Community News.

Kind regards from Jim and Paul, on behalf of the whole WOMEX team.

Sound of the Xity starts its fifth edition tomorrow!

Sound of the Xity (SOTX) gets underway this week – it takes place from 27 April - 2 May in Beijing, China. The organisers have announced the schedule of its programme, which is made up of two days of conference sessions including special sessions on export and a focus on Latin America and three days of showcases, all of which allow delegates to discover the intricacies of the Chinese market. You can find a list of speakers and relevent weblinks at our virtualWOMEX article.

SOTX is part of the WOMEX World Tour – events around the world that are produced with the expertise and assistance of WOMEX. You can find more information about about the WOMEX World Tour at, and more about SOTX on our dedicated page.

Reminder: WOMEX 16 registrations now open

In case you missed it – WOMEX registrations are now open! Book your place as a delegate for WOMEX 16 in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain, which will be held 19 - 23 October 2016. Stand booking is also now available; get the greatest exposure from the WOMEX Trade Fair by being part of it!

Remember that the earlier you book, the better deal you will get: the cheapest prices for registration will last until the Smart Rate deadline on 17 June.

Register and/or book a stand at WOMEX 16 now using our online form, or find out more information on our website

Hotel scam alert!

An important message to WOMEXicans everywhere: the scammers are on the loose again!

Last week, we received a phone call from a company called 'Exhibition Management Service' purporting to represent WOMEX who claim to offer delegates the best deals on accomodaton. Please do not be caught out! This company (they go by many names) are not accociated with WOMEX and are known scam artists. WOMEX will never phone you with accomodation offers.

We are taking legal measures against this company, but due to their enigmatic nature, we do not have high hopes of stoppnig them. Please let us know if they contact you. You can find WOMEX's official accomodation advice on our website and that of our local partnersTo find out more details about this scam, see the whocallsme profile of the number that contacted us, or the Scambook profile of 'Exhibition Housing Management'.

Atlantic Music Expo finishes another great event

The fourth edition of Atlantic Music Expo wrapped up on Thursday after a week of high-quality networking, conferences and showcases, and it was the biggest yet!

520 delegates from 37 countries descended on Praia, Cabo Verde, for Atlantic Music Expo 2016, which included a trade fair of 73 stands and a showcase festival of 32 artists. See our photo album of the event at the the WOMEX Facebook page, and a selection of videos from the conference in the YouTube playlist.

2016 saw the last AME with Mario Lucio as Minister of Culture, who wants to concentrate again on his career as musician and artist. We wish him all the best for his new projects and hope to see him again soon! Regarding AME's future, the new governement has expressed a strong will to continue this major event for the country of Cabo Verde. See you next year, 10‐13 April 2017 in Praia!

For more information about the Atlantic Music Expo, see their website and or their profile as part of the WOMEX World Tour.

Midem celebrates its 50th edition! (AD)

From 3-6 June 2016 in Cannes, 5,500 participants from 75 countries, including majors, independent labels, publishers, aggregators, distributors, artists, agencies, policy makers, tech superstars or startups will gather during four days of conferences, competitions, networking and concerts at Midem.

This year, Midem’s conferences focus on the international music business, with six tracks designed to boost your business worldwide.

For this 50th edition, Midem supports talent via its awards show and competitions:

Don’t miss Midem by Night’s live performances from hit groups and new talent!

The next 50 years of music start today!

Photo credits in order of appearance (top, and left column first): Atlantic Music Expo trade fair, by To Gomes; Sound of the Xity showcaser, by Killarb; WOMEX 15 Trade Fair, by Eric van Nieuwland; Mara, Atlantic Music Expo 2016 showcase artist, by Alexander Manykin; Midem logo. Below: Cover of Live at WOMEX Budapest by Herczku Ági & Band; Getatchew Mekuria, by Tom Beetz; Papa Wemba, by Amos Fait; Cover of Hungarian Noir by various artists.
Worldwide Community News

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 Ági Herczku and all involved! Find more info about the album on Fonó's website (Hungarian).

This month has seen the deaths of two giants of African music: Getatchew Mekuria on 6 April and Papa Wemba on 24 April. Getatchew was the 'Negus of Ethiopian Saxophone', and Papa was a pioneer of Congolese rumba and the movement of La Sape. We were lucky to have Papa Wemba perform for us at WOMEX 10. Click the links to hear a couple of our favourite tracks from the two, from YouTube. They will be sorely missed.

Conceived as part of WOMEX 16 in Budapest, Hungary, the latest release from Piranha Records is a tribute to the country's most famous (or infamous) song. Hungarian Noir is dedicated to the so-called 'Hungarian Suicide Song', Szomorú Vasárnap (also known as Gloomy Sunday), and the release features covers from all over the world, including the originals by Pál Kalmár and Billie Holiday. Hungarian Noir is released (fittingly) on Friday, 13 May – find all the details and preorder now with Piranha Records.

News in Brief:
  • The first SGAE Foundation International Flamenco Showcase will take place in Málaga, Spain from 19 - 22 May 2016. (World Music Central)
  • Songlines Magazine have announced the nominees for their new-look Songlines Awards, including nine artists who have graced the WOMEX stage. (Songlines Magazine)
  • Rudolstadt Festival has announced the artists for its 2016 edition, including Anoushka Shankar, Jambinai and Rancho Aparte Chirimía. (World Music Central)
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