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In 2022, EXIT is introducing a new platform, World Music Balkans (WOMBA) under the European project “MOST – The Bridge for Balkan Music”, supported by Creative Europe programme. EXIT Foundation is, together with Hangvető, Piranha Arts (official origanisation of WOMEX Music EXPO), Songlines (leading World Music media), and 6 other partners from Europe, the key partner in the project MOST Music.

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WOMBA is bringing together, connecting, promoting, educating, and helping artists, promoters, events, labels, and organisations from the region focused on original ethno music from the Balkans, while at the same time strengthen the World Music market and ethno genre in this part of the planet.

At forthcoming EXIT Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia, from 7 to 10 July, 2022 WOMBA will be presented through Showcase and Conference.

The performers and participants in the first ever WOMBA Showcase, who will present themselves at the EXIT Festival this year, are emerging talents selected by the jury of the MOST Music project, and they are: Almir Meskovic & Daniel Lazar Duo (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Divanhana (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Naked (Serbia), Oratnitza (Bulgaria), Dina e Mel (Croatia), Flying Nomads (Bulgaria), Lenhart Tapes & Tijana Stanković (Serbia), Perija (North Macedonia), Shkodra Elektronike (Albania) and E.U.E.R.P.I (Bulgaria).

The Showcase will take place at specially designed and relocated Pachamama Stage overlooking the Danube River, dedicated to World and Conscious Music. This will be a unique opportunity to encounter the Balkans World Music scene, a hidden gem that emerged from complex history clashes of civilisations which made this sound profoundly unique, authentic, and exotic.

WOMBA Conference will be held close to the festival arena, from 8 to 10 July, at the magnificent new SPA resort in the National Park „Fruške terme“. Conference will include more than 100 delegates from the music industry discussing on topics such as: Hidden and Authentic Balkans, Building Bridges, The Conscious Music is Coming, and Music Export Offices & World Music.

The WOMBA showcase has been also supported by Foundation “Novi Sad – European Capital of Culture” within the Fortress of Peace arch, and City of Novi Sad- Council in charge for Culture.

Conference

START

12:00-13:30h

Official Opening and Keynote Speech

Plenary Room “Gorocvet”

The main keynote focuses on why and how about the World Music, rather that what is it. Ben Mandelson will also share some thoughts on music export.

Dušan Kovačević

Dušan Kovačević

Founder of world-famous EXIT festivals group that consists of nine festivals in seven countries. EXIT group represents the biggest and fastest growing independent festival group in Europe.

In 2021 the famous American magazine Pollstar named Kovačević one of the most influential people in the European live music industry who led, inspired, and moved the live music industry forward.

EXIT festival, founded by Kovačević, is one of the best-known festivals in the world. EXIT has been awarded on several occasions as Best European Festival (2007, 2013, and 2017), while the world’s leading media such as CNN, BBC, Time, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Sun, Forbes, Daily Mail, Independent, Euronews, Lonely Planet, Huffington Post and many more regularly proclaimed it one of the most important festivals in the world.

EXIT has thus far attracted hundreds of thousands of tourists to Novi Sad, bringing more than 200 million euros in profit to the local economy while expecting to at least double those numbers in the next decade.

Dušan is also the founder of EXIT Foundation which has been the initiator of hundreds of projects in the fields of humanitarian work, environment protection, peace promotion and youth development.

Kovačević holds M.Sc. in Management at the London School of Economics as well as an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Novi Sad. In 2015 he became the youngest person ever to receive a February Award, given by the city of Novi Sad as the most significant reward to extraordinary individuals who have made a positive contribution.

Welcome Speech

Dušan Kovačević
EXIT Festival
Founder and CEO

12:00-12:10h

Ben Mendelson

Ben Mandelson

Ben Mandelson (UK) is Founding Director of WOMEX, and Supervisory Board member for the parent company Piranha Arts, based in Berlin, Germany.

WOMEX is the world’s biggest professional music conference, tradefair and showcase for World, Roots, Folk, Traditional, Local and Diaspora music – an annual October-end Europe-based event.

Ben is also is a leading freelance world music record producer, active musician and was part of the key group of UK music professionals who launched the current ‘world music’ genre.

Keynote Speech

Ben Mandelson
WOMEX
Founder
Board Member of Piranha Arts

12:10-13:00h

Lunch Break

Lunch Break

13:30-15:00h

PANEL

15:00-16:15h

Hidden and Authentic Balkans / Touring

Plenary Room “Gorocvet”

This might be a story about Balkan world music that remained stealth and undiscovered. Or about music that represents the foundations of what turned out to become popular world music.

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Dejan Vujinović

Dejan Vujinović

Dejan Vujinović is the artistic director of Etnofest and Jazziré music festivals in Serbia. Serving the finest music to its audience for the past two decades, these festivals bring together the local artists with their colleagues from all over the world.

The profile of his festivals is rather considered as alternative and exploratory – allowing musical fusions and experiments to happen on its stages, but also highly appreciates the roots and tradition as a true value to be nurtured and preserved.
Dejan holds a master degree in marketing, with special interest in integrated marketing communications for cultural events.

He is involved in several transnational cultural cooperation projects, mostly implemented under the umbrella of the Creative Europe programme. A great platform to be up-to-date with current world music trends across the continent.

Dejan Vujinović
Etnofest and Jazziré
Artistic Director
Panel Moderator

Kim Burton

Kim Burton

Kim Burton has been a translator, a working pianist and accordionist specialising in Latin (Working Week, Tito Puente Jr), Balkan and other local musics (3 Mustaphas 3). She also once had a job picking daffodils in her native Cornwall in a rainy December and is determined never to do it again.

She is sometimes a borderline academic writing about music and spends a lot of time thinking about it as well. Her latest forays into ‘hidden’ musics have been in the Timok Krajina, the Bosnian and Croatian Posavina and the Spreča Valley, where there is a lot going on you might miss.

Kim Burton
Musician & Researcher

Dragi Šestić

Dragi Šestić

Dragi Šestić is a Bosnian music producer, sound engineer, director of music video clips and record label owner. In 1998 he founded the first Bosnian World Music band, Mostar Sevdah Reunion. He rediscovered almost forgotten Gypsy music legends from ex-Yugoslavia Šaban Bajramović and Ljiljana Buttler-Petrović and brought them into the spotlight of the international World Music scene.

Šestić was born in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

He worked with the famous maqaam (Maqam al-iraqi), star and only female master of it – Farida Ali from Iraq on her album Ishraqaat.

His work involved many of the Balkan stars, including the Queen of Gyspies Esma Redžepova, Boban Marković, Naat Veliov, Amira Medunjanin, Fulgerica, Ljubiša Stojanović Louis, and many more. His work can be found on many World Music compilations, but most of it is on his record label Snail Records, founded in 2002. He lives and works in the Netherlands.

Dragi Šestić
Music Producer & Sound Engineer

Bojan Đorđević

Bojan Đorđević

Writing about music since 1987 press in Serbia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Italy, Germany and UK.

Started the radio show about experimental and alternative music on independent Radio B92 in 1990. This weekly show, “”Pomen Crvenom Patuljku”” in 1999 changed to «Disco 3000» (dedicated to world music), has been broadcasted ever since. Nowadays it is broadcasted on Radio Belgrade 3. Bojan is the member of WMCE pannel (world music European radio DJs).

He compiled compilations „Srbija: Sounds Global“ and „Rromano Suno“ (B92).

In 1996 established International New Music Festival «Ring Ring».
Since 2012 has been organizing „Todo Mundo“ world music festival in Belgrade.
Has been giving lectures about world music and Ballkan culture throughout Europe.

Selected music program of Belgrade Summer festival 2003-04, 2012-13.
Co-curated festivals „Umbria Jazz – Balkanic Windows“ 2005-2009 and „Adriatico Mediterrraneo 2007/08“ and „Euro Med 2009/10“.

In 2013 and 2015, organized festival „Swiss Music Day“ in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Tirana and Skopje together with „Swiss Balkan Creative Music“.

In 2014 organized the festival „Zajedno Zusammen“ in Belgrade, where Austrian and artists from Serbia met and performed together.

For many years Bojan has been manager and booker for the bands from the Balkans.

Bojan Đorđević
Ring Ring and Todo Mundo Festivals
Artistic Director
Journalist & Music Producer

PANEL

12:00-13:30h

Regional Development and Promotion of Creative Industries

Plenary Room “Gorocvet”

Creative Industries have been recognized in the Common Regional Market Action Plan 2021-2024 as one of the key industries and as a crucial driver of growth and competitiveness in the Western Balkan region.

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Tanja Mišćević

Prof. dr Tanja Miščević

Prof. Dr. Tanja Miščević, is Deputy Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council. She was Head of Negotiating Team for the Accession of the Republic of Serbia to the European Union (September 2013, August 2019) and she is full Professor at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade.

Previously, prof. Miščević was Special Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister responsible for Foreign Trade in Serbian Government, State Secretary for Defence Policy at the Ministry of Defence, as well as Vice-President and a member of the Board of the Anti-Corruption Agency in Serbia.

From 2005 to 2009 she was Director of the European Integration Office of the Government of Serbia. Prof. Miščević teaches International Organizations, UN System, EU Enlargement Policy, and History of European Integration.

Prof. dr Tanja Mišćević
Regional Cooperation Council
Deputy Secretary General

Martin Cuff

Martin Cuff

Martin Cuff is a strategist, researcher, and sector development specialist in the Creative Industries and Tourism sectors, with over twenty-five years of experience on five continents.

He is the former Executive Director of the Association of Film Commissioners International, the Colorado Film Commission in the USA, and the Cape Film Commission in South Africa, as well as the Chief Operations Officer of Sithengi, the Southern African International Film, and Television market.

He has advised and reviewed film studios and creative hubs internationally and is a leading authority globally on Film Tourism. Martin is currently an advisor for Creative Industries and Tourism to Prime Minister of Serbia and provides strategic guidance to the nation brand Serbia Creates.

Martin Cuff
Advisor for Creative Industries & Tourism to Prime Minister of Serbia

Sanja Miovčić

Sanja Miovčić

Sanja Miovčić is acting as an Executive Director at the Foreign Investors Council (FIC) of Bosnia and Herzegovina as of 2016. The FIC is a major independent business association that gathers 70 international and domestic companies, with main goal to act as unified voice of investors in improving business climate in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Before joining the FIC she worked for more than 10 years for Austrian consulting company Wolf Theiss.

Sanja targeted her activities at lobbying, communication and networking through membership at numerous global and local associations. Currently she acts as a: Board member of the Foreign Investment Promotion Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FIPA), Past President and Board Member of IFTDO (International Federation of Training and Development Organizations), a global association founded in 1972 and headquartered in London, member of European Women Association (EWA), Consultative Board member of FEMOZA (The World Free & Special Economic Zones Federation), member of CEEWABA – Central Eastern European & West African Business Association, as well as a Board Member of Impakt Investment Foundation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Sanja Miovičić
Foreign Investors Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Executive Director

Nenad Radujević

Nenad Radujević

Nenad Radujević is general manager and founder of Click Fashion Studio. Since 1991 the beginning year of Click, he mobilizes creative authors from the domain of fashion, design and photography. Many of them are considered top professionals in their fields today.

Working on fashion presentations he introduced most of world fashion industry standards into the domestic market. Moreover his work is directed at affirmation of young fashion designers; many of them are recognized names of domestic fashion scene today and some are internationally recognized.

Though his basic activity he performs through complete fashion shows organizations, model management and, more recently, fashion consulting and PR, his experience is enriched through the projects carried out in cooperation with important institutions of culture – The Belgrade Cultural center, Ethnography Museum, Museum of Applied Arts, Student Cultural Center.

He is the author of the Belgrade Fashion Week project since 1996, first Fashion Week in Eastern Europe, conceived according similar projects in the world and organized twice a year. Through cooperation with foreign cultural centers and embassies in Belgrade he develops cultural-fashion exchange between domestic and other countries fashion scenes, something he insists on during last ten years. Since 2007 works as a Professor in the Belgrade branch of the French school Mod Art International and later on, since 2016 in Italian fashion school – Accademia de Lusso.

He is the founder of the first seasonal fashion magazine FAAR – fashion art magazine that is published twice a year since 2007. In 2008 he was hired as a creative consultant on the organization of the Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade and in 2009 engaged as a supervisor on the project Serbia got Talent. In 2014 he found designer association – BFW Design Collective with most important Serbian designers. Since 2015, he has been a member of the representative cluster of the Serbian fashion and clothing industry FACTS.

He actively participates in the work of the National Convention and the negotiation process with the EU on the topic of entrepreneurship. Nenad received several very important awards – the award of the Cultural Centre of Belgrade, the Award for the best PR for the project Belgrade Fashion Week, Elle Style Awards for contribution to Serbian Fashion Scene, the Award for Person of the Year of Hello magazine in 2012 and regional Outstanding Achievement Award in 2018.

Nenad Radujević was awarded for the regional BIG SEE FASHION VISIONARY AWARD 2021 for his outstanding work in the field of fashion development as well as for his beneficial impact on fashion design in South-Eastern Europe. By constantly insisting that fashion is an art, through the quality organization of various fashion and cultural events, he managed to present fashion on Serbian and Western Balkan market as a promising industry in a completely new way.

Nenad Radujević
Click Fashion Studio
General Manager & Founder

Klodiana Ajazi

Klodiana Ajazi

Klodiana Ajazi is an Albanian entrepreneur who founded and runs the companies “Inovess Construction and Management” and “Novus Marketing and Advertising”.

“Inovess Construction and Management” ltd offers 2 standardized services in the construction sector; management of tourist and residential projects as well as implementation of civil and industrial construction works. Her vision as an entrepreneur puts the company to future-oriented processes in relation to environmental protection, energy saving and energy efficiency, the use of innovative materials.

The co-founding of Novus Marketing and Advertising with another woman in business, came as a necessity after analyzing a market that constantly required quality and innovation. Novus over the years of operation has been transformed and today offers a diverse range of services in the field of indoor & outdoor advertising as well as marketing.

Klodiana is also one of the founders and board member of the Women’s Economic Chamber of Albania, a position taken voluntarily strongly believing in the economic empowerment of women in Albania and making an individual contribution to this issue; and now contributing to the RCC-established Regional Network of Women in Entrepreneurship.

Klodiana’s latest engagement is with the Albanian Investment Corporation as a senior expert for the development and implementation of strategic projects, including in creative industries and tourism.

Klodiana Ajazi
Novus Marketing & Advertising; Inovess Construction & Management
Founder
Women Economic Chamber of Albania
Co-founder

Vida Samardžić

Vida Samardžić

Vida Samardžić is Secretary for the Creative Industry Association within the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Serbia. Vida is working with the Creative Industry Association’s members to bring all the branches to a more self-sustainable environment by raising the public’s awareness of intellectual property and piracy problems, demystifying the field, and reducing the grey economy.

Vida has combined experience in non-profit associations, audio visual production, hospitality, and Arts and Culture Management degree.

Vida Samardžić
Secretary for the Creative Industry Association, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Serbia

Petar Kovačević

Petar Kovačević

Petar Kovačević graduated from Faculty of Visual Arts in Cetinje (1990-1994) as a painter. After studies he went to Thesalonikki, Greece, for specialisation in painting. From 1997 – 2017 working in the areas of visual communications, advertising and PR in the well known regional PR agency P.R.A. which has offices in Zagreb, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Podgorica and Skopje. At 2000 part of the team which won IPRA award in London for best campaign in 2001 for Mass voucher privatisation educational campaign in Montenegro.

For the last five years works as Cultural Manager in the Ministry of Culture of Montenegro on the position of Senior Adviser in the Department for the Contemporary Arts, Design and Creative Industries. On behalf of the Ministry member of the Board of Directors of BJCEM (Biennale des Jeunes Créateurs de l’Europe et de la Mediterranée) an international network founded in 2001 with registred offices in Brussels and Turin.

Petar Kovačević
Senior Advisor for Development of Creative Industries, Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Montenegro

Evisi Kopliku

Evisi Kopliku

Evisi Kopliku is an Expert on Competitiveness at Regional Cooperation Council. She was the economic advisor to the Minister of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship of Albania during 2013-2016; Director of European Integration and Projects at the Ministry of Tourism and Environment during 2017 – 2020; and during these timeframes acted as the National Coordinator for the Small Business Act for Europe and as national contact point for COSME Programme.

She has been working as policy researcher in socio-economic topics with various think-tanks in Albania and as lecturer of finance courses in Eastern Mediterranean University, University of Tirana-Faculty of Economics, University of New York Tirana and Canadian Institute of Technology.

Evisi Kopilku
Expert on Competitiveness at Regional Cooperation Council

Ivana Zečević

Ivana Zečević

Ivana Zečević is an expert in cultural policy and creative industry development including institutional organization and cultural governance; over 20 years of experience in conceiving an implementing cross-cultural and cultural diplomacy projects and programs.

Since 2004, advisor for international cultural relations. Coordinating or lead around 100 large scale development and cooperation projects (high level Summits, ministerial visits and conferences, and expert level, conferences, round tables, etc.). Since 2012 main focus on cultural diplomacy projects/programs and cultural diversity transnational cooperation, working with various sectors of international organizations, and line ministries and national governments worldwide (UNESCO, European Commission, the Council of Europe, RCC, etc.).

Field of expertise: cultural policy and management, public policy implications of cultural diversity; culture and development; creative industry development, cultural governance; elaboration and implementation of cultural policies; integration of culture in sustainable development policies; managing of international cultural co-operation; project management of large scale projects, fundraising and governance; arts education; cultural statistic.

Ivana Zečević
Expert on Cultural & Creative Industries
Panel Moderator

BREAK

13:30-15:00h

Lunch Break

Plenary Room “Gorocvet”

Lunch Break

Lunch Break

PANEL

15:30-17:00h

Music Export Office

During the past few decades, the music industry has showcased its ability to adapt and transform according to the latest social and political changes. One of the important cohesive tools in this process, was the establishment of national or regional music export offices throughout the Old Continent, bringing together the actors of the music industry, the expretise, strategic planning, fostered communication and access to information through publicly available music industry databases.

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Plenary Room “Gorocvet”

Balasz Weyer

Balazs Weyer

Balazs Weyer
Hangvető
Ethnomusicologist & Programming Director

Martin Cuff

Martin Cuff

Martin Cuff is a strategist, researcher, and sector development specialist in the Creative Industries and Tourism sectors, with over twenty-five years of experience on five continents.

He is the former Executive Director of the Association of Film Commissioners International, the Colorado Film Commission in the USA, and the Cape Film Commission in South Africa, as well as the Chief Operations Officer of Sithengi, the Southern African International Film, and Television market.

He has advised and reviewed film studios and creative hubs internationally and is a leading authority globally on Film Tourism. Martin is currently an advisor for Creative Industries and Tourism to Prime Minister of Serbia and provides strategic guidance to the nation brand Serbia Creates.

Martin Cuff
Advisor for Creative Industries & Tourism to Prime Minister of Serbia

Ave Tölpt

Ave Tölpt

Ave Tölpt, Music Estonia’s Director has previously worked as the CEO of Jazz Estonia, being responsible for the daily management of the organisation, team building and both local and international representation.

Her last workplace featured also working in the cultural sector as the Head of the Exhibition Department in the National Library of Estonia, successfully leading various national and international cooperation projects for many years. Amongst other roles, she contributed to the field of music as a guest author and radio host at Estonian Public Broadcasting, Klassikaraadio as well in other media during her times as a journalism volunteer at Jazzkaar festival.

She is the first Estonian Ambassador for Keychange, a global network and movement working towards gender equality in the music industry, the Member of the Council of Advisers at Georg Ots Tallinn Music College and the Member of the Music Endowment committee of Cultural Endowment Estonia.

Ave has been building her expertise around cultural leadership and international cooperation.

Ave Tölpt
Music Estonia
Director

Benjamin Demelemester

Benjamin Demelemester

Benjamin Demelemester is International Project Manager at Centre national de la musique (CNM). His mission is to help the French music industry professionals (labels, tour agents, publishers, managers, etc.) export their projects and connect with international professionals all over the world.

Centre national de la musique (CNM) is a French State organization created by law in January 2020 to provide the French music sector with the tools and support mechanisms needed to develop nationally and globally. Acting as a hub for all French music professionals, it aims to support and promote a wide range of genres and represents all industry sectors – from recorded music to live shows and publishing.

Among its various missions, CNM fosters the international development of the French music industry and provides information about made-in-France artists, their professional entourage and the French music sector: expertise, consulting and recommendations, funding programs, market resources, promotion about the latest projects through the recommendation brand What the France. Check out music and news on whatthefrance.org!

Benjamin Demelemester has been working in the music sector for 19 years as Booking Agent (Zamora Productions), Production Manager (Festival de Saint-Denis), and since 2016 International Project Manager at Le Bureau Export, which has joined the CNM in 2020.

Based in France, he lived two years in Russia and has been a regular globetrotter since then. He loves foreign languages, genre films and bands with unpronounceable names.

Benjamin Demelemester
Centre National de la Musique
International Project Manager

Ivan Petrović

Ivan Petrović

Ivan M. Petrović is the President of the Managing Board at EXIT Foundation, responsible for running social activities and public affairs of EXIT Festival (Novi Sad, Serbia), Sea Dance Festival (Budva, Montenegro), Sea Star Festival (Umag, Croatia) and Founder of the Public Idea Consulting Agency.

Ivan has been an active part of the EXIT growth and development since 2013. The EXIT Foundation team that Ivan led in the last 9 years has implemented over 100 different projects, campaigns, events, and other activities. One of the most significant achievements was: “Aces for kids” – humanitarian project for building NURDOR hospital for kids in Nis, winning the title of the Novi Sad European Capital of Culture 2022 and also initiating and winning the candidacy of Novi Sad for the European Youth Capital 2019.

He was also the Producer and Project Lead of other projects such as Youth Heroes, #FirstWorldPeace with Yoko Ono, #StayClean campaign, “Silent Balkan Majority”, 3D Petrovaradin fortress virtual tour, EXIT Life Stream, ConsciousRevolution.life etc. Ivan is a consultant and international speaker in the area of social activism & CSR, creative industries, public affairs, festival & event management, motivation& consciousness, Diaspora & development topics, tourism, destination branding etc. Ivan was President of the Group of Event Organisers of the Chamber of Commerce of Serbia and member of the Council for Creative Industries of the Prime Minister of Serbia.

Before EXIT, Ivan was the Programme Manager at organisation of Serbian Diaspora in US, Executive Director of Crown Prince Alexander II Karadjordjevic Foundation for Education and Culture at The Royal Palace Belgrade, Junior Consultant of the World Bank, Founder of the first academic Career Centre in Serbia at Faculty of Organizational Sciences (2004), President of Student Union of University of Belgrade, Member of Supreme Council of University of Belgrade etc.

Ivan graduated Management on the Faculty of Organisational Sciences at the University of Belgrade.

Ivan Petrović
EXIT Foundation
President of the Managing Board

PANEL

15:30-16:15h

Building Bridges

Plenary Room “Gorocvet”

The panel will discuss the various topics of building bridges that explain the importance and benefit of networking, establishing contacts, working on projects that have multiple partners, establishing contacts while touring and so on.

Georges Perot

Georges Perot

Georges Perot
MESO Music Events
Owner and Founder
Panel Moderator

Login Kočiški

Login Kočinski

Login Kochinski
Goalkeeper at Password Production

Goran Milošević i Branislav Radojković

Goran Milošević i Branislav Radojković

Nakedband Belgrade

Goran Milošević & Branislav Radojković
Nakedband Belgrade

Jake Beaumont-Nesbitt

Jake Beaumont-Nesbitt

Jake Beaumont-Nesbitt is an artist manager working with independent and signed artists, and advising managers across Europe, South Asia, and North America. He also works in music rights, metadata, and usage data technology, to develop efficiencies for artists business models. Past clients for rights have included Radiohead, Rihanna, Norman Cook and Beyonce. Jake is currently working with a US rights tech start-up, and a German event management start-up.

Jake advises The International Music Managers Forum (IMMF) on artists business models, and IP policy. IMMF is a global network of associations of self-managed artists and artist managers in over 50 countries from Serbia to Mexico, Japan to Italy. Jake leads the MMF DAO project, to evaluate Decentralised Autonomous Organisation business models as a tool to raise finance for artists and build fan communities.

Jake is also a team member at Project Zero, a decentralised ocean conservation network, the first charity to launch a Web3 social token.

Jake Beaumont-Nesbitt
Acme Rights & International Music Managers Forum
Director of Innovation & Education

Leila Chaibeddra

Leila Chaibeddra

Tartine Production is a music booking agency and production company focusing on current world music.

Since 2012, we have curated a catalog of artists from around the world. What do they all have in common? They all bring a hybrid and groundbreaking sound, and for most of the artists, they express themselves in their home tongues: Arabic, Creole, Portuguese, Wolof, Bosnian.

Our catalog is bright but demanding. It is the result of a collaborative and international strategy, directed by Leïla Chaibeddra, founder and head of management, development and distribution. Our team is built around various core competences : David Peroncini is the business management specialist, Emma Drouin, of marketing and communications, Clémence Séchet deals with tour logistics and Léa Capdevielle for booking. To be able to do our best work, we like to be surrounded with like-minded professionals who also support our artists (labels, press agents, managers, publishers, …).

Collaborating with so many partners around the world, our strength is our international reach. Each of our artists is recognized in his/her country. Tartine production allows them to reach ears in all continents.

Between here and there, yesterday and tomorrow, our artists aren’t constrained by time and space. The results are innovative musical cocktails composed of electronic dabkeh, arabic hindi pop , chaabi gipsy, creole électro pop , afro cosmic groove, multi-ethnic and colored hip-hop…

These fluid musical genres reflect the cultural diversity of our time and highlights them.

Leila Chaibeddra
Tartine Production
Direction & Development & Diffusion

SPEEDDATE

16:30-17:30h

Speedmeeting MOST Artists and WOMBA Delegates

Plenary Room “Sremuš”

Speedate will be a chance for all the WOMBA delegates to meet the MOST Artists, to discover their music further, to invite them to their festivals and create further collaboration.

PANEL

19:30-20:30h

Conscious Music is Coming

EXIT Festival

Conscious Music is a vibration which lightens up the body and spirit. It’s heart-opening, centering, expanding, inspiring, soothing, uplifting, calming and re-connect us with our inner wisdom.

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Dušan Kovačević

Dušan Kovačević

Founder of world-famous EXIT festivals group that consists of nine festivals in seven countries. EXIT group represents the biggest and fastest growing independent festival group in Europe.

In 2021 the famous American magazine Pollstar named Kovačević one of the most influential people in the European live music industry who led, inspired, and moved the live music industry forward.

EXIT festival, founded by Kovačević, is one of the best-known festivals in the world. EXIT has been awarded on several occasions as Best European Festival (2007, 2013, and 2017), while the world’s leading media such as CNN, BBC, Time, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Sun, Forbes, Daily Mail, Independent, Euronews, Lonely Planet, Huffington Post and many more regularly proclaimed it one of the most important festivals in the world.

EXIT has thus far attracted hundreds of thousands of tourists to Novi Sad, bringing more than 200 million euros in profit to the local economy while expecting to at least double those numbers in the next decade.

Dušan is also the founder of EXIT Foundation which has been the initiator of hundreds of projects in the fields of humanitarian work, environment protection, peace promotion and youth development.

Kovačević holds M.Sc. in Management at the London School of Economics as well as an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Novi Sad. In 2015 he became the youngest person ever to receive a February Award, given by the city of Novi Sad as the most significant reward to extraordinary individuals who have made a positive contribution.

Dušan Kovačević
EXIT Festival
Founder and CEO

Mose ft. Sam Garrett

Mose

Performer, producer, and DJ Mose arrives with the sound of multicultural rhythms and leads the audience on a path of self-discovery. He brings the spiritual customs of Guatemala, which are the core of his mesmerising music. The ceremonial singing in his performances invites people to feel love and empathy and embark on a dance without borders.

Mose
Panelist

Satori

Satori

Although he was born and lives in the Netherlands, Satori’s real name is Djordje Petrović, which clearly reflects his father’s origin from Serbia, while his mother is from South Africa.

Satori is inspired to capture electronic world music, where he combines endless blends of seductive trance and mind-altering earthy tones. It is not defined by any-one genre. Satori is here to satisfy any meditative music-lover by provoking a spiritual journey through his infinite sound-garden. Satori’s sound is more than just a switch on a soundboard; he is the man behind the instrument, creating melodies on the piano, kora, kalimba, and guitar in combination with a deeper form of electronic music.

Satori
Panelist

Laor

Laor

The fantastic LAOR is the leading voice in healing music. For almost 20 years, she has been researching the power of the human voice to inspire people to breathe, connect, sing, and pray. Her approach to music comes from theatre, yoga, and research into the link between medicine and music.

Laor
Panelist

Mickey Karlhorm

Micky Karlholm

Micky studied Tibetan Buddhism with the Dalai Lama in the library in Dharamsala already at the age of 20. Mikael took vipassana (what we now called mindfulness) to Sweden and co-founded Vipassanagruppen. He also spent time with Osho, Papaji, Ramesh Balzekar, Eckhart Tolle, Byron Katie and other teachers. During the last 45 decades he has organized events with hundreds of teachers, artists and workshop leaders.

Micky Karlholm
Panelist

Ivan Petrović

Ivan Petrović

Ivan M. Petrović is the President of the Managing Board at EXIT Foundation, responsible for running social activities and public affairs of EXIT Festival (Novi Sad, Serbia), Sea Dance Festival (Budva, Montenegro), Sea Star Festival (Umag, Croatia) and Founder of the Public Idea Consulting Agency.

Ivan has been an active part of the EXIT growth and development since 2013. The EXIT Foundation team that Ivan led in the last 9 years has implemented over 100 different projects, campaigns, events, and other activities. One of the most significant achievements was: “Aces for kids” – humanitarian project for building NURDOR hospital for kids in Nis, winning the title of the Novi Sad European Capital of Culture 2022 and also initiating and winning the candidacy of Novi Sad for the European Youth Capital 2019.

He was also the Producer and Project Lead of other projects such as Youth Heroes, #FirstWorldPeace with Yoko Ono, #StayClean campaign, “Silent Balkan Majority”, 3D Petrovaradin fortress virtual tour, EXIT Life Stream, ConsciousRevolution.life etc. Ivan is a consultant and international speaker in the area of social activism & CSR, creative industries, public affairs, festival & event management, motivation& consciousness, Diaspora & development topics, tourism, destination branding etc. Ivan was President of the Group of Event Organisers of the Chamber of Commerce of Serbia and member of the Council for Creative Industries of the Prime Minister of Serbia.

Before EXIT, Ivan was the Programme Manager at organisation of Serbian Diaspora in US, Executive Director of Crown Prince Alexander II Karadjordjevic Foundation for Education and Culture at The Royal Palace Belgrade, Junior Consultant of the World Bank, Founder of the first academic Career Centre in Serbia at Faculty of Organizational Sciences (2004), President of Student Union of University of Belgrade, Member of Supreme Council of University of Belgrade etc.

Ivan graduated Management on the Faculty of Organisational Sciences at the University of Belgrade.

Ivan Petrović
EXIT Foundation
President of the Managing Board

Una Senić

Una Senić

Una Senić is a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, a well-known presenter, reporter, journalist, musician, and co-author of the book “Balkan Tango With New Idea Woman”.

Una Senić
Moderator

Showcase

Pachamama / WOMBA Stage

Mose ft. Sam Garrett

Mose ft. Sam Garrett

Mose ft. Sam Garrett
Guatemala

Divanhana

Divanhana

Sevdah, this heartbreakingly beautiful and complex Balkan genre is reborn in jazz, pop, and contemporary classical in Divanhana’s tasteful performances.

Divanhana is a Bosnian sevdah band that performs traditional music in new arrangements, influenced by jazz, pop, and 20th century classical music. Divanhana’s mission is to cherish and represent urban traditional music not only from Bosnia and Herzegovina, but from the whole Balkan region with a particular attention to the Sevdalinka genre.

The band was founded in early 2009 by young students from the Sarajevo Music Academy. So far they recorded four studio and one live album published by local and international record labels, threw over 300 concerts all over the world and held countless workshops for young musicians.

Divanhana collaborated with lots of great artists from all around the globe such as Suzan Kardeş (Turkey), Svetlana Spajić (Serbia), Džambo Agušev (Macedonia), Livio Minafra (Italy), Sanel Redžić (Germany), Bradley Dean (US), and others.

Divanhana also presented a documentary of their 2018 “Zukva” tour produced and broadcasted by Al Jazeera Balkans.

At the moment Divanhana is in the process of recording and producing their 5th studio album in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Divanhana
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Naked

Naked

Built from the complicated history of ex-Yugoslavia, Naked plays happy music about sorrow – music with unwavering honesty, with a nakedness of both heart and soul.

The name Naked stands for open heart and uncovered soul. Ideas of freedom, hope and love have always inspired Serbian band Naked to create music, firmly rooted in a unique mix of traditional Balkan, global urban, swing, funk, odd
rhythms, and free-jazz. Naked was founded in 2007. Collaborating for over a decade, they have released four albums, performed around the world from Chile to Korea and at festivals like Colours of Ostrava, EXIT, Read See Jazz Festival, and ACC festival to name a few.

A gypsy violin, saxophone and clarinet converse with the melody accompanied by a tight, upbeat bass and drum section. Together they generate a sense of an updated global-urbanism, synergies powered by diversity, a natural crossover of swing, funk, trippy psychedelic dub, classical music with specks of the Mediterranean and Africa, Eastern European traditions as well as bebop, odd-rhythm and free-jazz.

The All About Jazz website calls their music a labour of love, describing the band as a mesmerising unit and a collective whose musical syntax continues to suggest that there are not several musicians here, but one.

Naked
Serbia

Praful

Praful

Praful
The Netherlands

Maya Kamaty

Maya Kamaty

Maya Kamaty
Réunion Island

Shkodra Elektronike

Shkodra Elektronike

The music of the Albanian duo is an electronic reinterpretation of the traditional music of their hometown – Shkoder. Shkodra Elektronike is based in Italy.

Shkodra Elektronike are Kole Laca and Beatriçe Gjergji. Kole Laca (keyboard player and musical producer) is member of several Italian bands, among others Il Teatro Degli Orrori and 2Pigeons. Kole produced songs and albums for Italian and French artists, and as a piano/keyboard player, he has collaborated with many, among them Roy Paci, Jino Touche, Afterhours, Pierpaolo Capovilla.

In 2019 they founded the band Shkodra Elektronike together with singer Beatriçe Gjergji. Before the pandemic, the band performed at many – both Italian and Albanian – events: opening of the Albania/Kosovo pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale, exhibition opening for contemporary artist Adrian Paci in Tirana, Zā Fest IV, and more. Every performance was warmly welcomed by the diverse audience.

The upcoming EP by Shkodra Elektronike features 4 traditional Albanian songs, rearranged in a contemporary key and performed live on an old soundstage in Tirana’s suburbs. The full live set was filmed and edited by Kube Studios, the leading Albanian creative agency. The location reminds of the dark times of the dictatorship, the stagnation it left behind, and the constant need by Albanian people to evolve and to get away from the anonymity and the indifference that always subsisted against our culture. Sometimes it’s hard to say what year you’re in, when you are in Albania, and so it is in these videos: old TVs, handmade visual effects, dust, desolation, flashbacks and samples of the original songs juxtaposed to our renewed synthetic sound.

Shkodra Elektronike
Albania

Oratnitza

Oratnitza

Ethnobass performed in an extraordinary manner – in front of Space Invaders, for example – is the essense of the Bulgarian Oratnitza.

Oratnitza are six young Bulgarian musicians who share a love for both folklore and contemporary bass genres. They hence call their unique sound “ETHNOBASS”. Ever since their birth Oratnitza has been driven by their curiosity to find out what lies beyond the musical status quo. This has made them take Bulgarian folklore on a wild journey. Over the years their repertoire has absorbed colors and scents from the local underground and distant continents alike. Bringing the treasures from their explorations home, they pass on the torch of tradition.

Oratniza’s music is a blend of Bulgarian folk melodies, orthodox-style chanting, world music elements, hip-hop, dubstep, trap, D’n’B, and irregular rhythms. Oratniza interprets Bulgarian traditional songs in a way our generations can truly embrace.

Oratnitza
Bulgaria

Fia

Fia

Fia
Sweden

Dina e Mel

Dina e Mel

Dina e Mel is a duo who researches and performs minority music, creating new music out of the small fragments that survived long and turbulent history of the Balkans. The result is an album that erases the current borders of the Eastern Balkans and melts together elements of music in unexpected ways.

Dina Bušić and Melita Ivković, Dina e Mel, play together since 2012. Both classicaly trained musicians, Dina (musicologist and singer), Melita (guitarist) from Music Academy in Zagreb, they live in their hometown, Zadar (Croatia). They share the passion for research in music as well as the excitement for searching paths that can help them create new output of authentic, old and undiscovered music traditions.

Their project “Nightingale” builds around almost completely forgotten music of Arbresh that migrated from Skadar Lake (now microlocations in Montenegro) to the area just next to the Venetian city walls of Zadar.

Dina made an ethnological processed research and Melita created a very brave interpretation of the findings, using her wide array of music knowledge with the fragments of music that survived turbulent history full of twists through last 300 years in Zadar.

The people of Arbresh created their own language, a mix of old Albanian, Italian and Croatian (that they included when they transferred to Zadar and started forgetting parts of their native language). Some of the traditional songs that survived are authentic, some of them are shared with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Bulgaria and Turkey, and some of them were original pieces composed by Arbresh musicians.

The result of Dina e Mel’s work and approach is an album that erases the current borders of the Eastern Balkans and melts together elements of music in unexpected ways. Dina e Mel share the respect of the authentic base, but also the courage to build with elements of classical music, Balkan world music, Italian tradition and even their passion and love, fado and bossa nova.

Dina e Mel
Croatia

Perija

Perija

Acoustic dark folk from North Macedonia – Perija creates one big Balkan fusion of languages, dialects and music influences, with modern and historical themes.

Perije merges traditional music of the areas they live in, Middle-Eastern Maqam music and some North-African styles, blues, post-punk, atonal and jazz. Their songs are in different languages of the Balkans, as to share an idea of equality between nations and ethnicities, and the themes of their songs are ranging from important social issues of the present (poems from acknowledged authors), newspaper clippings, to old, and often morbid village songs (some of them collected by friends who travel to villages and record them, some of them found in very old recordings).

Perija is a Turkish root word for „fairy”, and it is this mythological connection with the darkness of the Balkan forests, a feeling that they try to convey in their music.

The current members are Lea Milinovikj, Dea Plevnesh, Filis Sinanoska, Katerina Dimitrovska and Ognen Zlatanov.

Perija
North Macedonia

E.U.E.R.P.I.

E.U.E.R.P.I.

E.U.E.R.P.I. is the guitar drone ambient project of Mirian Kolev, who lives and composes in the Balkan Mountains, in Bulgaria. His music is minimalistic, meditative and discreetly psychedelic.

The improvisation is an important and fundamental part of each of his live performances, turning it into an expressive soundtrack of space-time. He makes live performances at different kinds of spaces – from intimate performances in small art cafes, through galleries, cultural centers, music clubs, art, film and music festivals to shows in cathedrals, temples, caves, airports. Every place is unique, so every performance is unique. He often takes part in multidisciplinary projects and collaborates with different artists – musicians, visual artists, performers.

E.U.E.R.P.I.
Bulgaria

Laor

Laor

Laor
Israel

Flying Nomads

Flying Nomads

The Flying Nomads duo creates fusion music, combining traditional ethno and modern styles. Their belief is that if a song is made by the soul, it is possible to reach the soul of the listener, and this is incorporated in their work.

The musicians are Kristina Angelova and Daniel Angelov, both born in Bulgaria – the border between Europe and Asia. It is a country with ancient traditions, which in nowadays incorporates the qualities of the East and the West. This gives the opportunity and knowledge for the musicians to create a unique World Music. The main instruments that the musicians play are Bulgarian tambura and Iranian daf, but you can also hear in their songs guitar, ukulele, bendir and more. With all that sound from Eastern and Western instruments, the artists create their music entirely with acoustic sound. They believe, that if a song is made by the soul, it is possible to reach the soul of the listener. That is exactly what they incorporate in their works.

Flying Nomads
Bulgaria

Almir Mešković & Daniel Lazar duo

Almir Mešković & Daniel Lazar duo

Norwegian folk mixes well with Balkan klezmer, and much else – at least it does in this unique duo of violin and accordion, of Almir Meskovic and Daniel Lazar.

Almir Meskovic and Daniel Lazar both have over 20 years of experience in classical and folk music. With their roots in the Balkans and using Scandinavian elements, this duo offers something truly unique. They blend a wide range of styles and genres ranging from Balkan rhythms to Mozart, from improvisation to Gypsy music.

Almir was born in Bosnia and Daniel was born in Serbia. They grew up with folk music from the heart of the Balkans, where music and cultures from around the world meet and melt together – Gypsy music, klezmer, classical, and everything in between (Norwegian folk, among other things).

It was only in Norway that the two artists met while studying at the Norwegian Academy of Music’s master’s program. Here they developed their own expression, getting the most beautiful melodies out of the accordion and the fiddle, inspired by all epochs and styles.

Their first album “Roots” received raving reviews from critics and were beloved by audiences:

  • Top 20 list of the best world music albums in 2018 by Jungetelegrafsen (NRK- national radio of Norway)
  • Top 15 of the World music charts of Europe in November 2018
  • best album in 2018 by radio show disco 3000 (RTB -national radio of Serbia)
  • The album, as well as one of the songs on it, was chosen as the best of the month in September 2018 by Mundofonia’s radio show
  • Top 15 albums of the month (November 2018) by Babel, La Música Del Mundo

They worked with various well-established artists and institutions such as KORK, National Theater, Steinar Ofsdal, Kjell Habbestad, Bozo Vreco, Silje Nergård, Jelena Tomasevic, Nanou Coul, Sidiki Camara, Bosko Jovic, Igor and Fetterne etc. In previous years, we have performed at various festivals, such as the Førdefestivalen (Norway), Mela festival (Norway), Folkelarm (Norway), Smøgafestivalen (Sweden), Kråkeslottfestivalen (Norway), Telemark festival (Norway), Osafestivalen (Norway), Krakowskifestiwal akordeonowy ( Poland), Tjedan Izraela (Zagreb) etc.

Almir Mešković & Daniel Lazar duo
Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia

Lenhart Tapes & Tijana Stanković

Lenhart Tapes & Tijana Stanković

Manipulated field recordings, spoken word and sound propaganda, ethno music and other forms of cassette tape art and rhythmic loops, with performances by master folk vocalists such as Svetlana Spajić, Tijana Stanković and Mirjana Raić – this is Lenhart Tapes.

The artist writes about himself: My 2021 album “Duets” was released on September 10th, 2021. It was published on vinyl by Pop Depresija and Novo Doba. I started working on this material back in 2012 with the idea of incorporating live female folkie vocals into a bunch of cassette sampled noise I was doing back in the days. The result was a compilation of unpublished songs recorded between 2014-2018 and mixed in 2019.

Writing about music can be fun but it is always better to listen to it. I have hand-picked 8 transnational tunes, sung by two acclaimed singers, Mirjana Raić and Svetlana Spajić, plus one Lenhart Tapes Orchestra song. It was recorded in four different studios, edited and mixed by Igor Čubrilović, myself and Jovan “Shpira” Obradović. James Plotkin mastered it and Johanna Marcadé-Mot did the wonderful cover art and design.

Svetlana Spajić made a comment about working with Lenhart Tapes: “One of the secrets of Lenhart’s living and original work is that he is one of the few artists who truly knows how to make room for a singer, a song and a human voice. Lenhart cultivates deep respect, awe almost, towards the singer as the creator and the song as the bearer of the old and the traditional. The voice you hear breathing in the final recording on the record is the fruit of the artist’s humanity and respect shown in every step: from the first contact and friendship, through freedom and trust while working in the studio, to finally, the attentive and loving treatment of the voice and singer in production. With such an attitude, Lenhart brings to life also those voices that came to him from forgotten old singles and cassettes. Many could learn from Lenhart’s approach. This is perhaps the main reason why his music is irresistible and why it is a living tradition”.

Lenhart Tapes & Tijana Stanković
Serbia

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How to Get

WOMBA Conference will be held close to the festival arena, from 8 to 10 July, at the magnificent new SPA resort in the National Park „Fruške terme“.

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