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 Lopa Kothari introduces performances by Mars Melto and the Melanesian Allstars, Mexican accordion virtuoso Celso Piña, and multi-national klezmer band The Other Europeans.
Mars Melto and the Melanesian Allstars is led by Vanuatu musician Marcel Meltherorong, who draws inspriation from reggae as well as Melanesian traditions, with a band featuring players from across the region.
Celso Piña is a veteran of some eighteen albums, with a style rooted in cumbia, but bringing in influences from ska and rap.
The Other Europeans was founded by American accordionist and pianist Alan Bern, best known for his work with Brave Old World. He teamed up with Hungarian cimbalom player Kalman Balogh to create a band which has set out to "uncover the traces of the lost world of the shared musical culture of the Jews and Roma, who lived, intermarried and played music together in pre-WWII Bessarabia.".