Firstly highlighting some of the bands that impressed me in the Womex showcases:
Tabanka are an energetic 7-piece Cape Verdean funaná band from Rotterdam.
The Garifuna Collective carry the Central American Garifuna musical tradition in the wake of Andy Palacio and Aurelio.
Moonlight Benjamin puts a Haitian voodoo spell over a heavyweight rock sound.
Gaye Su Akyol blends psychedelia, surf guitar and Turkish song into a compelling mix.
Barcelona’s Aurora’s piano-led jazz-flamenco was the star of the Womex opening night.
Salif Keita needs no introduction - the golden voice of Mali, with a new record.
Delgres are a Mississippi-inspired trio with links to Guadeloupe.
Fofoulah are an electronically-enhanced percussive outfit, based in London and featuring Gambian vocals and sabar from Kaw Secka.
Damily are a Madagascan tsapiky guitar band.
Jaune Toujours are veteran funky socio-politics from Brussels.
Cesare Dell’Anna & GiRODiBANDA are from Southern Italy.
The “Small Island Big Song” project was the brainchild of Australian Tim Cole and his Taiwanese partner Baobao Chen. They followed seafaring routes from Taiwan to New Zealand, Easter Island, Madagascar and all places in-between, recording local musicians in cultural communities under threat from climate breakdown and rising sea-levels.
There are upcoming Dublin gigs next week from veteran Ethiopian keyboardist Hailu Mergia (Monday), and Afro-space jazz man Idris Ackamoor (Friday), both in the Sugar Club, and the Punch Brothers in the National Concert Hall (Monday).