WOMEX DJ SUMMIT / Thessaloniki, Greece / 17 – 21 Oct 2012


WOMEX – the World Music Expo / Thessaloniki, Greece / 17 – 21 Oct 2012

Club sounds will be in the limelight at this year’s WOMEX, with a specific programme dedicated to DJs. There will be two special club nights on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th October, with three DJs on each night in a Thessaloniki club venue, yet to be announced.

Saturday’s line-up is already confirmed, put together by WOMEX Jury member Allie Silver:
– A Tribe Called Red (Canada)
– Gypsy Box (Mexico/Spain)
– Hugo Mendez & Frankie Francis (Sofrito) (UK/France)

Also in the mix at the WOMEX DJ Summit is a dedicated Conference Session entitled ‘World Music, Global Bass, and the Future of Hybrid Music’, which will be chaired by Benjamin Lebrave (France/Ghana), Akwaaba Music; with panelists Jay Rutledge (USA/Germany), Outhere Records; freelance journalist Jean-Christophe Servant (France); and Boima Tucker (Sierra Leone/USA), aka DJ Chief Boima.

In addition, a DJ Networking Meeting entitled ‘Global Bass Networking Session: Making Space for the Bass at WOMEX’ – coordinated by Allie Silver (USA/Argentina), ZZK Records; and Conference Session chair Benjamin Lebrave – will connect professionals from the scene.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more programme announcements for the WOMEX DJ Summit.

WOMEX 12 Official Selection

Here’s a list of all acts confirmed so far, playing WOMEX 12 Thessaloniki:

Photos of WOMEX 11, by Jacob Crawfurd, Eric van Nieuwland & Kenan Zonnema

Anibal Velasquez y su Conjunto (Colombia)
Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band (Trinidad/UK)
Axel Krygier (Argentinia/France)
Canalón de Timbiquí (Colombia)
Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (Italy)
DakhaBrakha (Ukraine)
Eva Ayllón (Peru)
Félix Lajkó (Serbia)
Geomungo Factory (South Korea)
Gochag Askarov (Azerbaijan)
Groupa (Sweden)
Hysni (Niko) Zela & Albanian Iso-Polyphonic Choir (Albania)
Janusz Prusinowski Trio (Poland)
Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything (Canada)
Jungle by Night (The Netherlands)
Khyam Allami (Iraq/UK)
Le Sahel (Senegal)
Lenacay (Spain)
Lindigo (La Réunion)
Mexican Institute of Sound (Mexico)
Michalis Tzouganakis (Greece)
Mohsen Sharifian/The Lian Band (Iran)
Mokoomba (Zimbabwe)
Nancy Vieira (Cape Verde/Portugal)
Raza Khan (India)
Red Baraat (USA)
Ricardo Herz Trio (Brazil)
Sam Lee (UK)
Terakaft (Mali)
The Touré-Raichel Collective (Israel/Mali)
Toni Kitanovski & Cherkezi Orchestra (FYR Macedonia)
Yom & Wang Li (France/China)
Zé Luis (Cape Verde)

More to follow during the next weeks.

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




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