Lucy Duran presents highlights from WOMEX, the annual gathering of the world music industry. Music from accordion player Maria Kalaniemi, singer Danyel Waro and Welsh band Mabon.
Highlights from WOMEX, the annual gathering of the world music industry, which takes place this year in Copenhagen. WOMEX showcases the newest bands and the freshest talent in world music, and Lucy Duran introduces performances by Finnish accordion virtuoso Maria Kalaniemi, the leading singer of the Reunion Islands Danyel Waro, and Welsh band Mabon, named after the stormy winds of the autumn equinox. Producer Roger Short.
Maria Kalaniemi is a leading figure in the extraordinary Scandinavian accordion movement, playing music rooted in folk styles as well as contemporary music in bands such as Accordion Tribe.
Danyel Waro grew up singing his local style called 'Maloya', which combines influences from across the Indian Ocean. Maloya was once banned by the French colonists, and became a symbol of the Islands' struggle for independence.
Mabon are based in Wales, but draw their influences from across the celtic world. They are led by Jamie Smith on accordion, with fellow Welshman Oli Wilson-Dickson on fiddle, Scottish musician Calum Stewart on wooden flute, and Jamie's dad Derek on guitar.