Small Islands, Big Music: Report from the AME at Cabo Verde

August 6, 2014 4:12 PM

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Small Islands, Big Music: Report from the AME at Cabo Verde

For 20 years, the World Music Expo (WOMEX) has been the premiere European destination for targeted world music marketing. But realizing that the concept needs to go truly global WOMEX has been teaming up with other organizations world wide, and collaborating on similar events. The Atlantic Music Expo (AME) in Cabo Verde is now up and running and planning its 3rd year. I have been curious about how a WOMEX- style event might feel outside of Europe and in an island setting, and even more curious about Cabo Verde. When Marcy DePina of Forsa Media Group invited me, I didn't think twice. Cabo Verde (you may know it as Cape Verde) is an excellent location for the event, as its music is acknowledged as a primary export. Its Minister of Culture, Mario Lucio Sousa is also a musician, and recognizes the importance of developing the economic side of the arts of his homeland. I'm sure he was a major driver in putting the impressive event together.

For 20 years, the World Music Expo (WOMEX) has been the premiere European destination for targeted world music marketing. But realizing that the concept needs to go truly global WOMEX has been teaming up with other organizations world wide, and collaborating on similar events. The Atlantic Music Exp...

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