Newsletter #4 October 2018

I am Araceli Tzigane. Welcome to our October newsletter. We are very busy, as probably you, because we travel to Canary islands for Womex very soon!

I am specially excited because in this Womex there are three special facts for me:
· All the delegates will receive our compilation promo CD, inside Womex bag, when registering. See it below!
· We have the showcase by Gulaza!!!!
· Our sister initiative, Transglobal World Music Chart, has colaborated again this year with World Music Charts Europe and Womex for the selection of the Label Award and we will be present there to congratulate the winner.

We include in this newsletter other two little interviews with festival directors. I hope you’ll find them intesting. And if you have any suggestion of contents for next editions, let us know. Thanks for your attention.

Araceli Tzigane – info@mundimapa.com +34 676 30 28 82


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Summary: Womex Label Award, mini interviews with festivals directors: Jun-Lin Yeoh (Rainforest World Music Festival) and Luis Lles (Pirineos Sur).

 

WOMEX LABEL AWARD GOES TO… GLITTERBEAT!!
Yeah, it is not much surprising as they have to it for the 5th time!! Congratulations!
Together with World Music Charts Europe, our sister project Transglobal World Music Chartmakes for Womex the selection of the Label Award, that is based on the broadcasting and the voting during the previous year. It will be given to the owners of Glitterbeat at the closure ceremony of Womex. Araceli will have the big pleasure of congratulating them at the stage.
** Don´t you know what is Transglobal World Music Chart? We are quite sure about that it is interesting for you. Click here **

 

MAPAMUNDI MÚSICA’S PROMO COMPILATION CD
It will be included in the Womex bag for delegates but if you are not coming to Womex and want it, just let us know.We have included some of our main proposals, with the agreement of the artists and of ARC Music, that releases the works of two of them:Vigüela and Rodopi Ensemble.


CURRENT AND FUTURE CHALLENGES FOR FESTIVALS.
The last month we started this series of mini interviews with the director of Folk Holidays, Michal Schmidt. If you missed it, you can read it here. We launch now other two. 

 

MINI INTERVIEW WITH JUN-LIN YEOH FROM RAINFOREST WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL

Rainforest World Music Festival takes place in July in Sarawak, a Malaysian region in the island of Borneo.

MM – What do you search in an artist when you program?
JY -Something that will suit the stages and venues of the festival.
Something that will complement or be nicely different from other acts to make a nice contrast.
Something with interesting ethnic instruments.
A band with presence and projection.

MM – Which are the global objectives of your festival?
JY – To showcase music from different cultures.
To emphasize the importance of preserving traditions.
To present non-maistream music.

MM – What are the most complicated or difficult issues to deal with in your festival? 
JY  – Logistics and travel.

MM – Which are currently the main challenges for this kind of cultural proposals like yours? 
JY – Logistics, finance, travel.

MM – In one sentence, summarize the reason/s to go to your festival. 
MS – The unexpectedness of finding music from all over the world in Borneo.

Picture: Jun-Lin Yeoh´s Facebook profile picture

MINI INTERVIEW WITH LUIS LLES FROM PIRINEOS SUR
Pirineos Sur takes place in July in the villages of Sallent de Gállego and Lanuza, in the province of Huesca (Spain), at the top of the Pirinees.

Rainforest World Music Festival takes place in July in Sarawak, a Malaysian region in the island of Borneo.

MM – What do you search in an artist when you program?
LL – Due to the monographic character of some of the sections of the festival, we look for artists that fit in the thematic axes that the festival has each year. And then, above all, we prioritize the originality of the artist, that possesses a unique and non-transferable universe. We do not like artists who simply copy success formulas. Sometimes, we also search a certain heterodoxy or peripheral character in the artist. This always how the most interesting things happen.

MM – Which are the global objectives of your festival?
LL – As it is a festival organized by an institution (the Diputación Provincial of Huesca), the objectives are very diverse: to boost the territory, promote cultural diversity, promote Aragonese talent, discover new trends in music, get a musical program balanced and of quality, giving relevance above all to the cultural character of the event, attracting foreign and young audiences, spreading the new tendencies of roots music…

MM – What are the most complicated or difficult issues to deal with in your festival? 
LL  – Due to the entry into force of the new Contracting Law, the main difficulty we are facing is the increasing bureaucracy and the increasing deadlines that are required for the hiring of artists, production teams, etc. Another important difficulty is that since the festival is located in a small town in the Pyrenees, it is much more difficult for us to travel, hospitality and even convince certain veteran artists (and therefore less predisposed to certain adventures) to come to play to a so recondite and, nevertheless, so beautiful place.

MM – Which are currently the main challenges for this kind of cultural proposals like yours? 
LL – The main challenge, without a doubt, is to survive two issues:
1) the increasing bureaucracy associated with holding a festival organized by a public entity (it is much more complicated than when the organizer of the festival is a private company) and
2) the “festivalitis”* that this Spain suffers and that makes the competition harder and harder. We must remember that when Pirineos Sur emerged, on the horizon there was almost no other festival in Spain, and I do not mean a world music festival, but of any kind of music. In 1992, Spain was a desert in terms of festivals.

MM – In one sentence, summarize the reason/s to go to your festival. 
LL – It is a friendly festival, fully enjoyable without stress, family oriented, with very attractive proposals that prioritize diversity above all. In short, it is THE festival of the quality of life.

* This term refers to a overabundance of festivals in Spain.

Picture: Luis Lles en el Periódico del Alto Aragón

 

** Do you have a world music festival want to be included in our mini interviews? Contact us.


WHO WE ARE AND SISTER PROJECTS 

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

We also support our mission through our Mundofonías radio show, probably the leader about world music in Spanish language (on 46 stations in 17 countries), the Transglobal World Music Chart with our partner Ángel Romero from WorldMusicCentral.com, the #TremendAgenda and Asociación para la Difusión de los Estilos.

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