Newsletter #10 April 2019

I am Araceli Tzigane. Welcome to Mapamundi Música’s April’s monthly newsletter. A good part of the world is celebrating today. I hope you are having a great Easter or a superb Pesach.

For me, this is the week before travelling abroad for half of the next month, to Poland and to Canada. Learn below where to find me in those locations.

If you have any suggestion of contents for the next editions, let us know. Thanks for your attention.

Araceli Tzigane – +34 676 30 28 82 

Summary: Mini interview with festival director: Ken Day from Urkult(Sweden) – Mapamundi Música introduces: Temas de música: Gamelán Songlines Music Awards nominees – Find me in… – New (and still) open calls

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If you haven´t read them, you can find the previous interviews clicking on the names: Michal Schmidt (Folk Holidays, CZ) – Jun-Lin Yeoh (Rainforest WMF, MY) – Luis Lles (Pirineos Sur, ES) – Amitava Bhattacharya (Sur Jahan, IN) – Nicolas Ribalet (Sukiyaki Meets the World, JP) – Sergio Zaera (Poborina Folk, ES) – Per Idar Almås (Førdefestivalen, NO) – Bożena Szota (EthnoPort, PL)


In the faraway village of Näsåker, with barely more than 500 inhabitants, for 3 days, this “welcoming and loving festival where thousands of people can get together and experience something unique” takes place since 1995. Great music, wonderful landscape, peace atmosphere, a market that is an experience by itself, many food options with reasonable prices… well worth the plan of visiting the center of Sweden at the beginning of August. I know well, as I was there with Vigüela in 2016 and it is one of our best memories. For instance, this trip at the “happy train” full of artists and volunteers. Watch the video under the interview! Ken Day is the heart of Urkult.


Thanks for the answers and the best wishes for Urkult 2019, Ken!

MM – What do you search in an artist when you program? 
KD – Music that swings and moves people… Music for all ears!


MM – Which are the global objectives of your festival?
KD – The local, international and environmental perspectives. To bring the world to a little village in the inland of northern Sweden!

MM – What are the most complicated or difficult issues to deal with in your festival? 
KD – Finding places for all our guests (and artists) to stay safely and cleanly.


MM – Which are currently the main challenges for this kind of cultural proposals like yours? 
KD – Economy is always an issue. We are almost 100% ticket financed. We want to balance reasonable ticket proces with keeping the size at a manageable level, so that all our guests have a great experience.


MM – In one sentence, summarize the reason/s to go to your festival. 
KD – Meetings with friends, family and artists from all over the world.


Picture: one of Ken’s Facebook profile pictures


Concert at Urkult’s “Happy Train” with Vigüela, August 2016


Temas de música – Gamelán, by Juan Antonio Vázquez, for Radio Clásica – National Radio of Spain
During March, Juan Antonio Vázquez, my partner of Mundofonías, has been doing a radio show focused on Gamelan music. He has delved in this intriguing tradition, both in the most ancestral as in the most heterodox. It is in Spanish but the music is really worthy of it even if you don´t understand the speech. These are the 10 episodes:

Songlines celebrates its 11th edition of Music Awards and the nominees are public now. Their team of international contributors selected the nominees in the geographical categories and the Best Artist and Best Group nominees were voted by the Songlines readers.


We share the list below and with special joy for our collaborators Monsieur Doumani (who are currently touring in Europe, check below) and Don Kipper. For more information, visit Songlines website.


Congratulations to all for the great work and good luck! 

  • Best artist: Gaye Su Akyol, Fatoumara Diawara, Amira Kleir, Mariza.
  • Best group: 47Soul, Afro Celt Sound System, Afrika Mammas, Monsieur Doumani.
  • Africa & Middle East: 3MA, Gaye Su Akyol, Fatoumata Diawara, Angélique Kidjo.
  • Americas: Orquesta Akokán, Bixiga 70, Mélissa Laveaux, Totó la Momposina.
  • Asia & Pacific: Anandi Bhattacharya, Anda Union, Gurrumul, Small Island Big Song.
  • Europe: Dreamers’ Circus, Mariza, Mercedes Peón, Sam Sweeney.
  • Fusion: Ammar 808, BCUC, Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita, Don Kipper.


I have the privilege of travelling much the next months. I share with you these dates that, by the way, are interesting events. Will we happen to meet? 🙂


These professional fairs and festivals have applications open right now:
· Projects presentations at Fira Mediterrània de Manresa: application is open until 6th May. More info and application, here
· Visa por Music, Rabat, Morocco. Apply here. Until 15th of May. 
· Premio Andrea Parodi: the contest application is open until 31st May. The contest will take place in Cagliary from 8th to 10th November. More info and application, here 


Mapamundi Música is an agency of management and booking. Learn more here. Check our proposals at our website.

We also offer you our Mundofonías radio show, probably the leader about world music in Spanish language (on 46 stations in 17 countries). We produce the Transglobal World Music Chart with our partner Ángel Romero from And we lead also the Asociación para la Difusión de los Estilos.

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