Australasian World Music Expo First Announcement
Ever since my Greek grandfather used to wake me up by kindly bashing me across the head with his bouzouki, world music has been a part of my life. Luckily for me and thousands of others, the fourth annual Australasian World Music Expo (AWME) has been announced, ready to infuse the city with the finest roots music from around the world. The expo offers Melbourne audiences an exciting lineup of over 50 local and international artists from November 17-20.
Each year AWME attracts national and international delegates and helps commercial opportunities for contemporary and traditional Indigenous, roots, folk and world music artists.
Music venues across Melbourne will host non-stop shows over the four days. AMWE have announced performances by Nashville’s deep-funk legends The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker, reggae greats Katchafire, electronic dub masters Iration Steppas, the 30+ piece Melbourne Ska Orchestra, the powerful Iconic Songs featuring Archie Roach, Shane Howard and Neil Murray.
Also making an appearance will be the Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, British/Jamaican hip hop/ska revivalist Lotek, alt-acoustic folksters Skipping Girl Vinegar, We Don't Dance For No Reason featuring sensational jazz talent Aaron Choulai with his ensemble VADA and the 16-voice Tatana Village Choir, The Stiff Gins and rising star Bobby Alu plus many more national and international acts soon to be announced.
AWME 2011 will take place at the Arts Centre, Melbourne Recital Centre, The Hi-Fi and The Toff In Town from November 17-20. Tickets for all shows are on sale soon. More information is available at the AWME website.