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First Atlantic Music Expo in Praia, Cape Verde, 8-10 April 2013

Praia, Praia, Cabo Verde
David Trainer

The 6th edition of Porto Musical in tropical Recife, Brazil, just ended after 4 days and nights filled with fruitful encounters and a thrilling festival experience in downtown Recife - and the WOMEX team is already working 24/7 on a new co-production project on the other side of the ocean:


A new professional music meeting for Cape Verde, Africa, and both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic Music Expo Cabo Verde will take place in the capital, Praia, on Santiago Island. Nestled in the ocean, it offers the perfect setting for new musical finds and relaxed networking among international music professionals and musicians from the archipelago and abroad.

Scheduled right before the renowned Kriol Jazz Festival (Praia, 11-13 April), Atlantic Music Expo will feature a conference, a professional market and a full showcase programme to foster transatlantic collaboration and cultural exchange.

Cape Verdean history is closely linked to the transatlantic slave trade. The archipelago is committed to being a crossroads for positive exchanges and a central point for spreading the vision of creolisation - which lies at the heart of the Cape Verdean identity - and to keeping peace in the region.

The music and history of Cape Verde are intrinsically tied. Its wealth of talent and diversity of native styles give Cape Verde a unique musical identity. The worldwide success of its most famous singer, the late Cesaria Evora, is testament to the awesome artistic potential of these tiny islands in the Atlantic Ocean.

The Ministry of Culture of Cape Verde has chosen two experienced partners to ensure a high standard of event production, programming and international media coverage: Harmonia, a Cape Verde-based label, distribution and event producer headed by WOMEX Label Award winner José da Silva; and WOMEX - the world music expo - the most international of all professional music networking events worldwide, which will be moving to Cardiff, Wales, UK in October this year.


Atlantic Music Expo is now opening the call for conference and showcase proposals. The overall programme will consist of selected proposals as well as AME-curated acts and sessions.

The deadline for all entries is: Friday, 22 February 2013

Conference Proposals

The conference will focus on know-how, good practices and case studies. Proposals from Africa and from both sides of the Atlantic are especially welcome. The conference will be held in Portuguese and in English simultaneously. More information on the conference proposal submission is on: the Conference page.

Showcase Proposals

The majority of showcases will be open to music professionals and Cape Verdean audience alike. Traditional, classical, modern, popular and electronic bands or DJs are all welcome to apply. Besides proposals from Cape Verdean artists, applications submitting artists from Africa and both sides of the Atlantic are particularly welcome. The showcase programme will offer daycases in the daytime venue Palacio da Cultura and night open-air showcases in the pedestrian area of Praia's center called Plateau. More information on the showcase proposal submission on: the Showcase page.

Registration for Atlantic Music Expo

A registration to AME includes access to the conference, workshop activities and daycases. The AME market and night showcases are accessible free of charge. Please download the Registration form .

Booking a Stand at Atlantic Music Expo

AME Cabo Verde will offer an original open air trade fair in the day and showcases at night in the pedestrian street of Praia's center. The market will be accessible both to AME delegates and to the local audience. A special area will be reserved for professionals only. Please download the Stand Booking form .

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