The first showcase selection of WOMEX World Music Expo 2016 has been announced. Okra Playground from Finland was chosen among over a thousand applicants to perform in the official showcase.
Okra Playground, formed in 2010, is a six-piece group of multiskilled music professionals. The music of the band is a captivating mix of modern soundscapes and the most ancient Finnish musical tradition, like runo songs, kantele and bowed lyre. Okra Playground released their debut album, Turmio, in October 2015. The album will soon be out also in Germany on Nordic Notes.
Taking place October 19–23 in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, WOMEX is world’s largest gathering of the folk and world music professionals. In 2015, altogether 2500 professionals from 90 countries took part. Besides the competed showcase festival, WOMEX features a busy trade fair and an extensive conference programme.