January 20, 2016


After 5 years showcasing at APAP we can finally say, we’ve truly arrived.  We had 580 attendees, and the showcases were HOT!  We partnered up again with Cumbancha and Drom to produce our biggest NY showcase to date with 9 artists on Friday, January 15, 2016.  Mundial artists included Pierre Kwenders, Élage Diouf, Ventanas, Cris Derksen and The Battle of Santiago playing alongside Francesca Blanchard and Lakou Mizik (presented by Cumbancha), plus Septeto Nacional de Ignacio Piñeiro and Palenke Soultribe (presented by Drom).

The evening began as our shuttle arrived at Drom packed with delegates from the APAP headquarters.  The evening kicked off with the Mundial Montreal + Cumbancha + rock paper scissors + globalFEST  RECEPTION which was also the last hurrah to the Wavelengths: APAP World Music Pre-conference. Friday night of APAP is really becoming the convergence of point of the key global music players.  Photo album here!

A big thank you to the artists, to our partners at Cumbancha, Drom, rock paper scissors, and globalFEST, to the staff who helped, to the APAP delegates who came and stayed all night long, and to the public!

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Pierre Kwenders, spokesman of modern Africa, humbly shares his rich cultural heritage through his music. With his progressive music coloured with Congolese rumba and Afro-electro beats, the singer explores an innovative path, adding a new flavour (reminiscent of the works of Kwabs and Buraka Som Sistema) to his repertoire.




Master percussionist, Senegalese born singer-songwriter and performer Élage Diouf settled in Canada in 1996. His music – a blend of pop, world, blues and asiko – thrives at the artistic crossroad of artists like Carlinhos Brown, Peter Gabriel and Andres Cepeda. The musicality of the Wolof language explains his singing mainly in his mother tongue. Wholehearted in his artistic approach, charismatic, authentic and easygoing in his personal as well as his public life, people love him, and he clearly loves them back.VIDEO




Palenke Soultribe’s infectious Afro-Colombian rhythms are served with spicy electronic production. Their sound draws on deep Colombian roots, while infusing vibrant beats of today’s Pan-Latino flourishing scene. Founders/producers Juan Borda and Andres Erazo teamed up with drummer & percussionists in their L.A. hometown, completing that shimmering punchy-ness of PST’s distinctive sound.




Led by powerful vocalist Tamar Ilana, VENTANAS weaves in and out of upbeat Bulgarian dance tunes, Greek, Turkish and Sephardic love songs, and heart-wrenching Flamenco dances, leading captive audiences through windows into other lands and cultures.





Award winning Canadian Aboriginal cellist Cris Derksen is known for building layers of sound into captivating performances. Her music braids the traditional and contemporary in multiple dimensions, weaving her classical training and her aboriginal ancestry with new school electronics, creating genre defying music.




Born of two cultures, Francesca not only brings her two languages to her songs, but a deep sensitivity for the universal qualities of music. Whether or not you understand the language in which she sings, there is something else being communicated, something only the language of music can convey. Accomplished compositions, tasteful guitar work and gorgeous vocals. A seamless mix of folk, jazz and roots-rock with some French chanson thrown in for good measure. VIDEO





The Battle of Santiago is an 7 piece band blending Afrobeat, Rock, Hip Hop, and Latin using afro cuban rhythms, screaming rock guitars, dub baselines and soaring horns and flutes. Exploring the boundaries of rhythm and sound, The Battle of Santiago presents a unique dancing experience that’s a total party.





Septeto Nacional de Ignacio Piñeiro


Formed in 1927 by composer Ignacio Piñeiro, the Septeto Nacional has been a staple of Cuban music throughout the 20th century. The band has written numerous classics of Afro-Cuban salsa and continues towards the future. Now in its 4th generation, the band continues to advance the tradition of Cuban son.





LAKOU MIZIK is a collective of Haitian musicians who are bringing new life to Haitian roots music. With legends like master vodou drummer Sanba Zao, and young stars like Steeve Valcourt and Jonas Attis – LAKOU MIZIK is a thrilling genre blending musical experience that is as hard to define as it is easy to love.