18 August 2016 - for immediate publication

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Colombian Hip Hop Activist Henry Arteaga Receives WOMEX Award
offWOMEX Showcases Confirmed

Berlin/Santiago de Compostela: Henry Arteaga from Colombia, a hip hop artist, will receive the WOMEX 16 Professional Excellence Award in Santiago de Compostela this October.

Organisers confirmed this today, together with the offWOMEX showcase programme, which will bring artists from Canada, Mexico, Chad, Puerto Rico, Brazil as well as Japan and Portugal to the most important meeting and showcase festival for global music taking place 19-23 October 2016.
Note: Guide Rate Deadline for WOMEX 16 is next Friday, 26 August 2016!


Henry Arteaga Receives WOMEX Award On Behalf Of 4Elementos Skuela

Henry Arteaga, MC and band leader of the Colombian "Crew Peligrosos" will receive the WOMEX 16 Professional Excellence Award. Arteaga founded - and manages up till today - the hip hop school 4Elementos Skuela, making good use of his reputation amongst local kids in what used to be one of the most violent neighbourhoods in Medellin, Colombia. The Award honours this remarkable example of the power and the independent force of music on society. The school was founded more than 15 years ago and is entertained without any public or institutional funding. Today it gives free access to over 400 regular attendees every week and thousands have passed through its ranks.

Arteaga sees his work less as a project and more as part of a process: It is due to influences and initiatives like his one, that the city of Medellín, once known as the most dangerous in the world, has transformed into a culturally dynamic and flourishing city.

Henry Arteaga will receive the WOMEX 16 Professional Excellence Award on behalf of the 4Elementos Skuela and everyone involved with the school.

Links and Photos:

See the WOMEX Award Archive for former Award winners

Press Photos for download

offWOMEX and all Showcases audio for press

offWOMEX Showcases Feature Artists from 
Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Chad, Portugal, Japan

offWOMEX has become a popular feature for organisations, regions and nations to put additional artists complementing the WOMEX Official Selection programme. (WOMEX 16 Opening to be announced soon) This year, the Americas will be heavily featured, but if you look at the programme, it spans the entire globe from Chad, Portugal and Japan (remarkably represented by "Maltese Rock").

Many offWOMEX Showcases are made possible with the help of various organisations, check the website to see all artists and the supporting bodies.

List of offWOMEX artists at WOMEX 16:

Anelis Assumpção (Brazil)
Songs of São Paulo life, love and food set to free-spirited, shape-shifting Brazilian-afrobeat-dub soundtracks.

Boogat (Canada/Mexico)
Restless rise of prolific Latin Quebecois rapper, writer, producer and musical guerrillero urbano.

H’Sao (Chad/Canada)
Dynamic all-singing, all-playing band of brothers merging global influences into Chadian roots.

iLe (Puerto Rico)
Calle 13's little sister steps out on her own deep retro survey of vintage Latin styles with post-nostalgic sheen.

Les Tireux d'Roches (Canada)
Québécois story-tellers delighting audiences with breathlessly brilliant ensemble playing since 1998.

Maltese Rock (Japan)
Avant-garde activists furthering positive social change with gypsy-punk-rock-enka-tinged Okinawan minyo.

Nomade Orquestra (Brazil)
Sao Paolo big-band's widescreen mergings of Afro-beat, Ethio-jazz, reggae, hip-hop and psychedelic funk.

Quique Escamilla (Mexico/Canada)
Toronto-based Mexican troubadour's socially conscious merging of huapango and ranchera with country-and-reggae.

Reyfado Lisboa (Portugal)
Ensemble of young fado artists evoke the atmosphere of a night in Lisbon's old fado neighborhoods.

Photo credits:

Henry Arteaga, 4Elementos Skuela, H'Sao by Laetitia Jourdan, Anelis by Renato Stockler, iLe
WOMEX is "The most important international professional market of world music of every kind. This international fair brings together professionals from the worlds of folk, roots, ethnic and traditional music and also includes concerts, conferences and documentary films. It contributes to networking as an effective means of promoting music and culture of all kinds across frontiers." UNESCO Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity
Acknowledged as the most international hub of all professional music meetings worldwide in general, and as the most important annual gathering of the global music community in particular, the 21st edition of WOMEX brought over 2,500 delegates and more than 60 musical acts from 90 countries altogether to its 2015 host city, Budapest, Hungary.
More than 60 acts on 7 WOMEX Showcase Festival stages including the Opening Concert; 680 exhibiting companies at the Trade Fair; more than 20 speakers and mentors at the Conference; Film Screenings and the Award Ceremony made for 5 packed networking days and rather short nights.
Since its first edition in 1994, WOMEX has been roaming all across Europe from Berlin (1994), via Brussels (1995), Marseille (1997), Stockholm (1998), Berlin (1999 + 2000), Rotterdam (2001), Essen (2002 + 2004), Newcastle (2005), Sevilla (2003 + 2006-2008), Copenhagen (2009-2011), Thessaloniki (2012), Cardiff (2013) Santiago de Compostela (2014) to Budapest (2015).
In 2016, WOMEX will take place in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain from 19 - 23 October.
WOMEX is produced by Piranha Arts, Berlin. Local host and partners for the 2016 edition are Nordesía Producións.

The Piranha event portfolio also includes Classical:NEXT, the global meeting for all art music innovators (next edition Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 17 - 20 May 2017);
plus worldwide consultancy & special projects such as:
- Primera Linea (Havana, Cuba, 14 - 17 September 2016);
- Circulart (Medellín, Colombia, 11 – 13 November 2016);
- Atlantic Music Expo (Praia, Cabo Verde, April 2017);
- Sound of the Xity (Beijing, China, April 2017 tbc); and
- Porto Musical (Recife, Brazil, 15 - 18 February 2017). 
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