World Music in the Cradle of (Someones) DemocracyBy George Sempepos
WOMEX, its name an acronym for World Music Expo, is an itinerant annual conference, trade fair, and showcase concert eventin the manner of SXSW or CMJbruited by its organizer, the German record label and festival promotion firm Piranha, to be the largest and leading international networking lounge for World, Roots, Folk, Ethnic, Traditional, Local, and Diaspora Music.
“World Music:” The Last, Best Hope for Rock and Roll? (If Anyone Still Cares)By George Sempepos
“Who Will Save Rock and Roll?” sang those protopunk New Yorkers the Dictators in 2000, and the question still resonates not only with aging boomers nostalgic for the power chords of yesteryear but with anyone who’s begun to suspect that contemporary pop music, to be blunt, sucks.