Review : Various Artists - Womexizer 09
PopmattersWomexizer 09 is a sampler. Sampler is the word I think of here, not compilation, not really, because when I see compilation, I picture a compiler setting out with an idea in mind, oh, let’s say, “I am going to find ten wonderful songs by 1970s rock bands from Lima,” or “I am going to show everyone the myriad ways in which the accordion is being played around the world.” Womexizer 09 is something more businesslike, the work of a person who has been handed a stack of albums and told to pick the tracks that seem most likely to appeal. “Are you doing anything important today?” this person might have been asked. “No? Just eating a sandwich? Good. Make yourself useful. Choose something nice from each of these. Put them in order. Thanks.” The person goggles, startled, still swallowing bread and ham.
The common thread between the musicians on the Womexizer is this: they all appeared at this year’s Womex expo. First held in 1994, running annually on the last weekend of October, Womex is a world music trade fair. The fair has moved through several different European cities during its lifetime, starting in Berlin, shifting from Brussels to Marseille to Stockholm, bouncing back and forth between Rotterdam, Essen, Newcastle upon Tyne, Seville, until this year, for the first time, it landed in Copenhagen. Now it’s over until October ‘10....full text
MogWomexizer 09 is the collection you'd expect from a body whose aim is to put as many acts in one place as possible and present them as pleasingly as possible so that they will be mentioned in newspapers or invited on tours.
Womexizer 09 is a sampler. Sampler is the word I think of here, not compilation, not really, because when I see compilation, I picture a compiler setting out with an idea in mind, oh, let's say, "I am going to find ten wonderful songs by 1970s rock bands from Lima," or "I am going to show everyone the myriad ways in which the accordion is being played around the world." Womexizer 09 is something more…...full text
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