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Oumou Sangaré to Receive WOMEX Artist Award
Malian Star Singer To Perform at WOMEX 17 / Petr Dorůžka Receives Professional Excellence Award / offWOMEX Programme Complete
Malian activist and singer Oumou Sangaré will receive the WOMEX 17 Artist Award. As organisers announced today, the internationally renowned musician will perform as part of the Showcase Festival and Professionals’ Meeting in Katowice this October. The WOMEX Professional Excellence Award will go to Czech radio journalist Petr Dorůžka. Meanwhile, Danish afrobeat combo The KutiMangoes are the final addition to the now complete offWOMEX Showcase Programme.
Oumou Sangaré – internationally-beloved star singer from Mali – is to receive the WOMEX Artist Award at the 23rd edition this fall. Closing the most important showcase festival and conference for global music, Oumou Sangaré will not only be presented the Award but will perform live on stage in Katowice’s renowned NOSPR Concert Hall on Sunday, 29 October.
“This award is for all African women and people from all of Africa. They are the ones who have encouraged me to keep singing and writing songs. I am so glad and honoured to receive this award from WOMEX, one of the festivals that always believed in my music, and this is really the icing on the cake of my career. Thank you!” Oumou Sangaré, August 2017
Singing professionally from an early age, already providing for her family, Sangaré is not only famous for her Wassoulou pop music but for staying true to her original style in her many musical projects, including collaborations with the likes of Tony Allen and Herbie Hancock. Her presence is strong both on and off the stage. Her song lyrics address women's rights or vow against suicide, which she mirrors off stage with her work organising festivals and community projects.
To honour her dedication to activism and advocacy for the underprivileged in Mali and beyond, her exciting and innovative developments in Wassoulou music and her longevity as an internationally-beloved star, the WOMEX 17 Artist Award is presented to Oumou Sangaré.
Earlier Artist Award winners include Calypso Rose (2016), Cheikh Lô, High Masekela, Mariza, Staff Benda Bilili and Totó La Momposina - see WOMEX Award Archive for a list of all winners.
Petr Dorůžka Receives 2017 Professional Excellence Award
Petr Dorůžka is a shining example of the role great journalist's play in disseminating global music. He is well-known for his world music programmes on both Prague Radio and Czech National Radio, as well as writing for many publications. His website is a much-frequented go-to pool of information among global music experts.
Through his life-long efforts to pass on not only information but the passion for this worldwide music, Petr Dorůžka has become a key journalist and a member of many important panels in world music. He’s been a part of the World Music Charts Europe almost since its inception (he got on board in 1992), has served in the fRoots Magazine’s critics’ poll since 2001, and participated several times on the jury of the Sayan Ring festival in Siberia…as well as serving as one of WOMEX’s 7 Samurai in 2007. He continues to earn himself the respect and praise of the musicians he writes about, promotes and consults as Jakub Nozicka of WOMEX 16 Showcasers Ponk points out:
"Petr is not only a great journalist but also a relentless promoter of Czech music abroad. Ever since the early beginnings of Ponk band he was always willing to help – either by advice, criticism or contact. We are very thankful and grateful for his ongoing support."
Jakub Nozicka, WOMEX 16 Showcase artist.
Petr would not be Petr had he not suggested to use the attention created by the Awards, to sport a discussion on music journalism at WOMEX 17:
"I am aware how many other music writers deserve this honour - and I accept the award only if we can read it as a statement: even if you live in a small country and speak a minority language, still you can have a vision. You can build bridges between yet unknown music and the adventurous audience. Let's see how this works in real life - on a panel discussion 'Heritage & Future: Reclaiming Roots' in Katowice."
Petr Dorůžka, August 2017
The Label Award ,the third of the annual WOMEX Award Recognitions, is to be announced in the coming days.
Read More About the offWOMEX Showcase Programme below
The KutiMangoes Complete offWOMEX Showcase Programme
After the largest part of the offWOMEX Showcase programme was announced earlier this month, The KutiMangoes from Denmark now complete the programme. The combo, their name reminiscent of not only Fela Kuti but also Charles Mingus, has already made a reputation for effortlessly including not only afrobeat but all sorts of African and Afro-American popular music styles such as soukous, New Orleans funk and calypso into their music.
The 2017 offWOMEX Lineup
Havana D’Primera (Cuba)
Juan Mari Beltrán (Spain)
La Banda Morisca (Spain)
The KutiMangoes (Denmark)
See the entire WOMEX 17 Showcase Programme online
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 22nd edition of WOMEX brought over 2,400 delegates and more than 60 musical acts from 79 countries altogether to its 2016 host city, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia Spain.
More than 60 acts on 7 WOMEX Showcase Festival stages including the Opening Concert; 717 exhibiting companies at the Trade Fair; more than 80 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 + 2016) and Budapest (2015).
In 2017, WOMEX will take place in the UNESCO city of music Katowice, Silesia, Poland from 25 - 29 October.
WOMEX is produced by Piranha Arts, Berlin. Local host and partners for WOMEX 17 in Katowice are ICP Group (Poland Concept).
The Piranha event portfolio also includes Classical:NEXT, the global meeting for all art music innovators (next edition Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 16 - 19 May 2018);
plus worldwide consultancy & special projects such as:
- Atlantic Music Expo (Praia, Cabo Verde, 10-13 April 2017);
- Sound of the Xity (Beijing, China, 26-28 April 2017),
- Primera Linea (Havana, Cuba, 20 - 23 September 2017);
- Circulart (Medellín, Colombia, 9 - 12 November 2017);
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