In this epidose: raw traditional music from Egypt, India and the Comoro islands, but first the project Cloud of I a project of Yuli Shafriri; big band Balimaya Project led by composer/arranger and Djembe player, Yahael Camara Onono; unheard music of Comorian; the Russian folk project Vysoko; Brazilian jazz pianist Amaro Freitas; sound laboratory Zafîf; dreamy samba of Dom La Nena; Bagga Khan, master of bhajans and Bhakti music; Mazaher, the last remaining Zar practitioners; a reissue of seventies soul diva Sylvia (picture); Tao Ravao & Vincent Bucher with a mix of Blues and music from Madagascar.
This was a great surprise to me, a dream has come true. For this year’s Womex I am one of the 7 samurai, the Jury that will be curating the Showcases for the official Programme, in the 27th edition of the event that will be taking place in a physical format in Porto, Portugal, from 27 – 31 October 2021.
The Showcase Samurai:
António Guimarães (Portugal), owner, general manager, AMG music
Charlie Crooijmans (The Netherlands), music journalist, musicologist, radio host
Kerry Clarke (Canada), artistic director, Calgary Folk Music Festival; programmer, Block Heater Festival
Lewis Robinson (UK), owner, Mais Um Records; radio host: WorldwideFM, Soho Radio
Todd Puckhaber (USA), former senior music and event programming manager, SXSW
This is a special edition of Radio Wira Wiri with highlights of the WOMEX (World Music Expo) and IMEX (Indonesian Music Expo). Listen to the ethnojazzband Kua Etnika from Yogyakarta, progrocktrio 동양고주파 from South-Korea, contemporary Saami music of Marja Mortensson, groovy Ghanese vintage of Alogte Oho and his sound of joy family. the Polish string’n’brass band Tęgie Chłopy, imaginary folk of Širom, Yorkston/Thorne/Khan with James Yorkston telling us how they got together, the 22-year old Brìghde Chaimbeul on Scottish smallpipes, lo-fi music from Malawi of the Madalitso Band (picture), Colombian female trio La Perla, Afro-Futuristic trash ensemble Fulu Miziki, and the Indonesian world music band Suarasama.