AMWE (Australasian Worldwide Music Expo) is thrilled to announce that this year’s music program will feature Nigeria’s scorching Afrobeat outfit Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Archie Roach’s ‘Into The Bloodstream’ – a gospel infused journey of life with Archie, original Jamaican roots vocal group The Abyssinians, Melbourne’s incendiary funk-soul outfit The Bamboos, Indigenous rock-reggae trailblazers The Bart Willoughby Band, leading light of Australia’s alt-country scene Jordie Lane, New Zealand soul diva Ladi6, alt-acoustic bluesman Charlie Parr(USA), groove-driven electronic Indigenous roots outfit OKA, electronic dub masters Iration Steppas (UK), and founder of the legendary Sofrito Tropical Warehouse parties Hugo Mendez(UK).

The award winning singer-songwriter Clare Bowditch, pioneer of London’s new generation of dub Hollie Cook, Mandingo-based bluesman Boubacar Traoré from Mali, as well as the multi-talented Melbourne-based percussionist Airileke have been added to the mammoth AWME 2012 lineup.

Also performing this year is Israel’s acclaimed Ladino singer Yasmin Levy, Indigenous soul-funk groover Dave Dow, Breabach from Scotland, and Christine Salem from Reunion Island.

As well as presenting a strong public festival event, AWME also creates a platform for musicians from the region to access high profile music industry representatives from around the world.AWME will shortly be announcing the inclusion of some high profile keynote speakers as part of this year’s Conference Program. The sessions will provide a glimpse at the underbelly of the music industry, with candid tales from some of the figureheads of the scene.

THE AWME 2012 ARTIST LINEUP: Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 (Nigeria), Archie Roach’s Into The Bloodstream, The Abyssinians (Jamaica), Clare Bowditch, The Bamboos, Iration Steppas (UK),Kutcha Edwards, Charlie Parr (USA), Hugo Mendez – Sofrito (UK), Hollie Cook with Prince Fatty & Horseman (UK), Boubacar Traoré (Mali), The Bart Willoughby Band, Ladi6 (NZ), House of Shem(NZ), OKA, Jordie Lane, Yasmin Levy (Israel), Christine Salem (Reunion Is/France), The Bombay Royale, Electric Empire, Airileke (Aus/PNG), Dave Dow, Jumps, Saskwatch, Bachu Khan(India), Iva Lamkum (NZ), Benny Walker, East Journey, Edou (New Caledonia), Kingfisha, The Medics, Officina Zoe (Italy), Sietta, Sophie Koh, Sue Ray, The Good Ship, Breabach, (Scotland),The Perch Creek Family Jugband, Watussi, Madre Monte, Tek Tek Ensemble, Northside DJs,Stryka D, plus more.

AWME 2012 will take place from 15th – 18th November at the Arts Centre Melbourne, The Hi-Fi, The Toff, Ding Dong and Lounge. Tickets will be on sale via the venues.

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