WOMEX announced the first much anticipated, prestigious list of international artists selected to showcase at WOMEX 13, hosted in Cardiff this year between 23 and 27 October. The competition for the career making public showcase slots was intense, with over 850 applications from world music groups and musicians worldwide for the 60 showcase slots. It’s an impressive line up of some of the best emerging world music talent on the planet, and heading the line up of WOMEX World Music Showcases is Wales’s own singer-songwriter, Gwyneth Glyn. She will perform a set from ‘Ghazalaw’, a new collaboration with Indian Ghazal singer Tauseef Akhtar.
‘Ghazalaw’ is a fusion of Welsh folk songs and Indian ghazal, an ancient poetic form originating in 6th-century Arabic verse. In this way it shares much with the ancient, tight-metered poetic form, that is such a feature of Welsh poetry and songs. As the project has developed, Gwyneth and Tauseef have been joined by other musicians including the talented Georgia Ruth Williams on harp and support vocals and Indian musicians Ashish Jha, Manas Kumar and Sanjoy Das.
Speaking of her delight at Ghazalaw being selected to showcase, Gwyneth Glyn said: “We’re thrilled to have been chosen as one of WOMEX’s official 2013 showcase acts. It will be such a privilege to perform alongside world-class musicians from across the globe. As the seed of our music was sown at the Round House, Saint Hilary, only a stone’s-throw from where WOMEX will take place, it seems very fitting that this is where our harvest should be shared with the world. Our music celebrates the affinity between the Welsh folk tradition and Indian ghazal singing. We can’t wait to bring our unique sound onto the world stage.”
The international WOMEX showcases will be presented over three nights, Thursday 24, Friday 25 and Saturday 26th October, across 5 stages within Wales Millennium Centre and the Oval Basin. A ticket provides music fans young and old with a round the world music experience, and the chance move around, taste the music cultures from each corner of the globe, and experience some truly international virtuosic performances. Tickets for the WOMEX World Music Showcases are £17 in advance and £22 on the day. If you wish to attend all three of the World Music Showcases you can purchase a three day ticket for £45 from the Wales Millennium Centre Ticket Office by calling 029 2063 6464. A limited number of concession tickets are available in advance for Students and Over 60s. Please call the Ticket Office for more information.