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ARTIST ROSTER 2012/2013 World Connection Agency is an international bookings agency and artist management office based in Haarlem, The Netherlands. It was founded in 2002 and is working since with promoters, venues and festivals in more than 50 countries worldwide. We book a wide variety of artist from around the globe. Here is our artist-roster of representation:

NEW ARTIST ON OUR ROSTER

BLITZ THE AMBASSADOR (USA/ GHANA) “Blitz – and his band, the Embassy Ensemble – pack a brilliant fusion of styles. You can hear late-80s hip-hop alongside contemporary African soukous and highlife, as well as echoes of Afrobeat artists such as Fela Kuti. "Afro-centric hiphop can make a comeback when the people are ready," he says. "I want to make positive change happen." Latest cd : ‘Native Sun’ (Jakarta Records, may 2011) Line up : 7 on stage & 2 crew Based in : New York/ USA www : http://vimeo.com/channels/blitz Touring period: October-Dec + April-end of may 2012 + Summer 2012 Territory : NORTHERN EUROPE (*Netherlands, Scand., Baltic’s, UK) Agent : bartolo@worldconnectionagency.nl

LA CHIVA GANTIVA (Brussels Belgium/ Colombia) La Chiva Gantiva is proud to announce their first international release on the famous Belgium Crammed Disc label (the label that brought us Taraf De Haidouks, Congotronics, Konono, Staff Benda Bilili, Zuco 103, Shantel, Think Of One and many many more great artists). This Brussels bunch of Afro Colombia Cumbia- Punk Rockers will blow your festival and club audiences away with pure and frenetic Latin ‘ Sabrosura”

Latest cd : ‘Pelao’ (Crammed Discs) Line up : 8 on stage & 3 crew Based in : Brussels, Belgium www : www.lachivagantiva.com Touring period: whole year available Territory : NORTHERN & CENTRAL EUROPE Agent : bartolo@worldconnectionagency.nl

GABY MORENO (USA) “Moreno has an ear for writing pensive and melodic tales about life and love and was the obvious choice of Tracy Chapman to open for her on her latest US tour” HUB Music-USA Latest cd : ‘Still the Unknown’ (World Connection 2011) & new album ‘Illustrated Songs’ to be released March 2012 Line up : 4 on stage & 1 crew Based in : Los Angeles, USA / Germany www : www.gaby-moreno.com Touring period: February 2012 + end of April + May 2012 + late June + July 2012 Territory : EUROPE / MIDDLE EAST/ NORTH AFRICA Agent : bartolo@worldconnectionagency.nl 1


LOCOS POR JUANA (Miami USA/ Colombia) Locos Por Juana is a bilingual Latin band most notably recognized by their energetic live performances and their unique fusion of Latin styles and influences. The band formed in Miami, Florida in the year 2000. Their lineup has undergone personnel changes and their style has evolved over the years. They played several European Festivals in a 2009 tour, now they are back. Latest cd : Evolucion (machete Records) – New Abum in 2012. Line up : 5 on stage & 2 crew Based in : Miami, USA www : www.locosporjuana.com Touring period: May- June- July Territory : EUROPE / MIDDLE EAST/ NORTH AFRICA Agent : bartolo@worldconnectionagency.nl

MARTA GOMEZ (Colombia/USA/Argentina) Singer songwriter, originally from Colombia, but now residing in Barcelona., Latin American songwriting at its best. Latest cd : New Album “El Corazon y El Sombrero” released in May 2011 Line up : 5 on stage & 2 crew Based in : Barcelona, ES www : www.martagomez.com Touring period: from February 2012 whole year available. Territory : EUROPE / MIDDLE EAST/ NORTH AFRICA Agent : irene@worldconnectionagency.nl

MALIKA ZARRA

(Moroco/France/ USA) Malika Zarra is an extraordinary voice and blends Berber music with Jazz. Latest cd : “Berber Jazz” on Motema Records Line up : 5 on stage & 1 crew Based in : New York USA/ Paris France www : www.malikazarra.com/ Touring period: whole year available upon req./ March 2012 / April 2013 Territory : EUROPE / MIDDLE EAST/ NORTH AFRICA Agent : irene@worldconnectionagency.nl

KHAIRA ARBY (Timbuktu, Mali) Khaira Arby is one of the most renowned and respected singers in Mali. Winner of several awards. She worked with a whole range of Malian artist. Last summer she toured for 5 months through USA, Canada, Europe and Middle East. SXSW, Womad, Sfinks, Africa Oye were highlight of her tour. latest cd : ‘Timbuktu Tarab’ (Clermond Music, 2010) Line up : 5 on stage & 2 crew Based in : Timbuktu, Mali www : http://www.sonicbids.com/khairaarby Touring period : Summer 2012 + November 2012 Territory : EUROPE / MIDDLE EAST/ NORTH AFRICA Agent : Irene@worldconnectionagency.nl > Khaira Arby will perform a Babel Med show case on the 30th of March 2012 in Marseille, France 2


BLICK BASSY (Cameroon/ France) With a brand new cd recorded in Brazil with the likes of Marcos Suzano and Lenine, Blick keep surprising us with his intense vocal abilities and soulful- jazzy melodies. New African Soul at its best. Latest cd : ‘Hongo Calling’ - May 2011 on World Connection Line up : 4 on stage & 2 crew / 3 on stage + 1 crew (Jazz combo) Based in : Paris, France www : www.myspace.com/blickbassy2 Touring period: whole year upon request Territory : WORLD WIDE Label : World Connection Agent : bartolo@worldconnectionagency.nl

DEOLINDA

(Port) “They reinvent tradition with humor, elegance and insight. Deolinda is one of the most refreshing bands of Portuguese music.” (Jornal de Letras - PT) Latest cd : ‘Dois Selos e Um Carimbo’ (World Connection ) October 2010 Line up : 4 on stage & 3 crew Based in : Lisbon, Portugal www : www.myspace.com/deolindalisboa Touring period : March 2012+ whole year upon request Territory : BeNeLux, Scandinavia, Baltics, UK and Eastern Europe Agent : bartolo@worldconnectionagency.nl

EVA AYLLÓN (Peru)

“ Eva Canta A Chabuca Granda”

Peru’s leading vocalist of all times, one of the most spectacular voices in Latin American music today Latest cd : ‘Kimba Fá’ (Times Square Records) / “Eva Canta A Chabuca Granda” (Suramusic) Line up : Full: 8 on stage & 2 crew / Acoustic: 5 on stage + 1 crew Based in : Lima Peru, NJ USA www : www.evaayllon.net Touring period: May 2012 + Summer (July) Territory : Europe, Middle East, North Africa Agent : irene@worldconnectionagency.nl

HERENCIA DE TIMBIQUI (Colombia) Grupo Herencia de Timbiqui performed in the summer of 2010 at The Montreux Jazz Festival, this was their first ever concert outside of Colombia. Not so long after they were selected to represent Colombia at the SXSW tradefair in Austin Texas. They were featured in various Colombian festivals and released their first full length cd this year. Latest cd : ‘Tambo’ MTM/ Milennium Repr. Line up : 12 on stage & 1 crew. Based in : Cali, Colombia www : www.sonicbids.com/herenciagrupo Touring period : 15 July / 15 August 2012 Territory : Europe, Middle East, North Africa Agent :bartolo@worldconnectionagency.nl

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LA MAKINA DEL KARIBE (Colombia) Back by popular demand, after great shows, such as Roskilde and Amsterdam Roots Festival at last summer tour we decided to return with this crazy bunch of big city Afro Colombian Champeta- Punk and Cumbia - Funk Latest cd : ‘Radio Gozambike’ Indep. 2009 / New EP jan 2012 on Chusma Records Line up : 6 on stage & 1 crew. Based in : Colombia www : www.lamakinadelkaribe.com Touring period : 16th of June/ early july 2012 Territory : Europe, Middle East, North Africa Agent : bartolo@worldconnectionagency.nl

JOAN SORIANO “ THE DUKE Of BACHATA” (Dominican Republic) Santo Domingo’s best kept secret. The young and vibrant “Bachatero” Joan Soriano is the genre’s most authentic performers. Latest cd : ‘El Duque de La Bachata’ Iasso Records 2010 Line up : 6 on stage & 1 crew. Based in : Dominican Republic www : http://www.iasorecords.com/JoanSoriano.cfm Touring period : 19th May- 19th of june 2012 Territory : Europe, Middle East, North Africa Agent : irene@worldconnectionagency.nl

ABELARDO CARBONO (Colombia) Colombia’s best kept secret. Psychedelic surf guitars meet african Soukous & Makossa and Sabrosura of Colombias Caribbean Coasal Regions. Abelardo Carbono released 3 outstanding tracks on the Soundway compilation ‘Palenque Palenque’ and toured Europe in 2011 with Anibal Velazquez. Latest cd : ‘Palenque Palenque’ Soundway 2010 Line up : 7 on stage & 1 crew. Based in : Barranquilla Colombia www : http://laplataforma.net/?pag=761 Touring period : May- June 2012 Territory : Europe, Middle East, North Africa Agent : bartolo@worldconnectionagency.nl

THE MAGIC TOMBOLINOS (London UK) The Magic Tombolinos, led by Alejandro Toledo, take the best from the Balkan Idion and Mediteranean sound and mix them with Latin American energy and melancholy. Played a lot of big festivals in the UK and are slowly conquering Europe. Latest cd : Full Attack, with sudden defenses (Inclusionism) Line up : 5 on stage & 1 crew Based in : London, UK www : www.magictombolinos.co.uk Touring period: 2012 Territory : NORTHERN EUROPA (* in collab with Adastra) Agent : bartolo@worldconnectionagency.nl

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BENELUX REPRESENTATION CALLE 13 (San Juan/ Puerto Rico) "absolutely spectacular.’ Entren los Que Quieran’ excitingly mixes cumbia, merengue, funk, reggae, rock, and hip-hop… Residente's absolutely overpowering raps are what make Calle 13 so special… He is in fine form on Entren los Que Quieran … another strong addition to a proud discography… Make no mistake, Calle 13 are still miles above their peers and countless imitators"- All Music They won 9 Latin Grammys in 2011 and counless Latin Grammys in the years before.

Latest cd : ‘Entren Los que Quieran’ – Sony Music Line up : 11 on stage & 5 crew Based in : San Juan, Puerto Rico www : http://lacalle13.com/intro/ Touring period : July/ August 2012 Territory : BeNeLux (non exclusive) (*collab with Conga Management) Agent : bartolo@worldconnectionagency.nl

FATOUMATA DIAWARA (Mali/France) "A gorgeous woman with small explosive expressions in emotional songs and dances. Her star is rising, all in the footsteps of Rokia Traore" NRC- NL Fatoumouta Diawara is getting rave reviews for her new debut album on World Circuit and amazes crowds at all the festivals and clubs she is performing. The promise of new African Female vocalists. Latest cd : 19th of September 2011 on World Circuit Line up : 5 on stage & 2 crew Based in : Paris, France www : www.myspace.com/fatoumatadiawara Touring period: whole year 2012 Territory : BeNeLux , Scandinavia (non exclusive) (*collab with Nueva Onda) Agent : bartolo@worldconnectionagency.nl

CARMINHO (Portugal/ Fado) Young fadista, already hailed as a major new voice on the contemporary fado scene. From the management that brought us Mariza. Latest cd : Carminho, on EMI music Line up : 4 on stage & 2 crew Based in : Lisbon, Portugal www : http://www.carminho.net Touring period: whole year 2012 Territory : BeNeLux (exclusive) , Scandinavia (non exclusive) Agent : irene@worldconnectionagency.nl

ANA MOURA (Portugal/ Fado) One of the greatest voice and personalities of Portugal today. Everywhere she goes the audiences are captured by her performance, voice and elegance. Latest cd : ‘Leva-ma Aos Fados’ – Universal Music Line up : 4 on stage & 2 crew Based in : Lisbon, Portugal www : http://www.anamoura.com.pt Touring period: whole year 2012 Territory : BeNeLux (exclusive) - (*collab with Sons Em Transito) Agent : bartolo@worldconnectionagency.nl 5


ROLAND TCHAKOUNTE (Cameroon/ France) Tchakounte brings the Mississippi Blues back to Africa. Latest cd : New RMX album to be expected 2011. Line up : 3 on stage & 1 crew Based in : Paris, France www : www.roland-tchakounte.com Touring period: Whole year available/ tour April 2012 Territory : BeNeLux (*collab with Nueva Onda) Agent : irene@worldconnectionagency.nl

TAMIKREST

(Mali) The Spiritual sons of Tinariwen. Sahara Rock & Desert Bkues at its very best. Latest cd : “Toumastin” – Glitterhouse Rec. Line up : 8 on stage & 2 crew Based in : Timbuktu, Mali www : www.tamikrest.net/en Touring period : June/ July 2012 + Nov/ dec 2012 Territory : Netherlands Only (*collab with La Candela) Agent : bartolo@worldconnectionagency.nl

MULATO ASTATKE (Ethiopia/ UK) The Grandmaster of Ethio-Jazz is back on the road in 2012 with a new release on Strutt. Latest cd : “Steps Ahead” Strutt/ new cd to be released in march 2012. Line up : 8 on stage & 2 crew Based in : Ethiopia/ UK www : www.myspace.com/mulatuastatke Touring period: Whole year 2012 various periods Territory : Netherlands only (*collab with 2 For The Road Prod.) Agent : bartolo@worldconnectionagency.nl

BALOJI

(Rep. Dem. Congo/ Belgium) Baloji’s unique sound is coloured with influences of Soul, Afro Beat, Congotronics and Hip Hop. Baloji comes with a new album on Crammed in November 2011. Latest cd : ‘Kinshasa Surcusal” – Crammed/ Coast To Coast Line up : 9 on stage & 2 crew Based in : Brussels, Belgium www : www.baloji.com Touring period: whole year generally available, Festivals, Clubs Territory : Netherlands Only * (* Collab with 2 For The Road Productions) Agent : bartolo@worldconnectionagency.nl

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HOLLIE COOK (London/ UK) Hollie Cook grew up amongst music with her father being Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook, now she goes solo after numerous collabs and backing vocalist jobs. Her catchy Dub Reggae with a Pop Flavor caught the ears of a lot of underground and mainstream fans.

Latest cd : “Hollie Cook’ on Mr Bongo/ Wrasse Distr. : Coast To Coast Line up : 8 on stage & 2 crew Based in : London UK www : www.holliecook.com Touring period: whole year 2012 Territory : Netherlands Only Agent : bartolo@worldconnectionagency.nl

HINDI ZAHRA (Morocco/France) Meet Hindi Zahra and her original gently undulating sense of melody. With a subtle, understated guitar accompaniment, a dash of gypsy guitar between the lines ...

Latest cd : “Hand Made’ on EMI/ Blue Note Next Cd : “Until The Next Journey’ EP Line up : 5 on stage & 2 crew Based in : Paris, France www : www.hindi-zahra.com/ Touring period: whole year 2012 Territory : Netherlands Only Agent : bartolo@worldconnectionagency.nl

ALINE FRAZÃO (Angola/Port/ Spain) Aline Frazao a young and inspiring singer-somg writer with Angolan Roots living in Spain. She just auto-released her debut album and is the promise for Lusophone music and the Afro influences Jazzy Singer Songwriter style already captured the attention of artists like Lenine.

Latest cd : “Clave Bantu” Line up : 3 on stage & 1 crew Based in : Satiago de Compostela, Spain www : www.alinefrazao.com Touring period : whole year 2012 Territory : EUROPE (exept UK, Spain, Portugal) Agent : irene@worldconnectionagency.nl

THE FARKA TOURE & RAICHEL COLLECTIVE (Israel/Mali) Israeli superstar Idan Raichel teams up with Malian guitar hero Vieux Farka Toure. They recorded a cd together to be released in spring 2012 on Cumbancha label. Latest cd : new album tba/ tbc (Cumbancha) Line up : 4 on stage & 2 crew Based in : Israel / Mali Web : www.idanraichelproject.com Touring period: from October 2012 Territory : BeNeLux Agent : bartolo@worldconnectionagency.nl 7


CALIMA

(Barcelona/ Spain) Founded by ex-Ojos De Brujo bassist Juan-Lu, tThey reinvent traditional Flamenco with the more rhyrtmic sounds of Rumba Flamenca and mix even hip hop and Bhangra into their Flamenco Mestizo. For years the most refreshing of bands from the Barcelona scene’ Latest cd : ‘Tierra’ (EMI ) October 2010 Upcoming : “Solo Volar’ 2012 on Ventilador Music/ Satelite K Line up : 6 on stage & 2 crew Based in : Barcelona Spain www : www.calimacolores.es Touring period : March 2012 and onwards Territory : BeNeLux + Scandinavia Agent : bartolo@worldconnectionagency.nl

RICARDITO & QUINTETO TIPICO ORIENTAL (Cuba) The real keepers of the secret of Cuban Son. Even before theBuena Vista Social Club- craze, these guys where doing it all the way. Latest cd : to be released 2012. Line up : 6 on stage & 2 crew Based in : Santiago – Cuba/ Madrid- Spain www : www.musicacopyleft.es/profile/Ricardito Touring period : August- September- October- November 2012 Territory : BeNelux (exclusive) Scandinavia & GAS (non- exclusive) Agent : bartolo@worldconnectionagency.nl OTHER ARTIST WE REPRESENT: Gilberto Santa Rosa (Salsa crooner, Puerto Rico) Black Gandhi (Reggae/ Rocksteady for Barcelona), Boban & Marko Markovic Orkestar (Balkan Brass, Serbia), La Revuelta (Urban Foklore Beats from Colombia), Reyes & Juglares del Vallenato/ The Accordion Kings Of Vallenato (Colombia) , Levi Silvanie (Caribbean Sunshine soul, Curcao) and many more REPRESENTATION & CONTACT

Bartolo Pype Hoffmann (International Agent/ Promoter) Irene Vivanco (International Agent/ Head of Production) Albert Nijmolen (A&R, Finance, CEO)

bartolo@worldconnectionagency.nl irene@worldconnectionagency.nl albert@worldconnection.nl

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WCA update Artist Roster of Availability 2012-2013