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Global Gathering: Where to find World Music at SXSW 2019

With so many showcases, workshops, sessions, and parties, navigating SXSW can be overwhelming. We’re sharing our top picks to help you make the most of your Austin experience!

Meet Up

Don’t miss the official SXSW World Music Meetup on Friday, March 15, at 12:30 PM in Brush Square Park, hosted by rock paper scissors! This relaxed, casual meet-up is a chance to have a beer, socialize, and make meaningful connections, so bring your business cards. Make sure you say hello to Abby Noroozi, music campaign manager at rock paper scissors. Stephanie Orentas of globalFEST, Alex Walter, Womex Director, and Todd Puckhaber, SXSW senior music event and programming manager, are planning to attend.


This is a great year for global music at SXSW! With multiple showcases featuring music from around the world every night, it’s tough to choose. Here are our top picks:

Tuesday 3/12

Sounds from the World at Russian House, 8:00 pm - 2:00 AM

Russian House plays host to a different line-up of global bands each night of SXSW!

Poranguí - Sedona, AZ
Oliver Rajamani - Austin, TX
Ehsan Matoori - Dallas, TX
World Music Unleashed - Austin, TX
Shankh & Friends - Tampa, FL

Wednesday 3/13

BMI Latin: Sonidos Alternos at Speakeasy, 8:00 pm - 2:00 AM

El Mañana - Los Angeles, CA
Alih Jey & Cuñao - Los Angeles, CA
Jona Camacho - Bogotá, Colombia
Ximena Sariñana - Mexico City, Mexico
Cimafunk - Havana, Cuba
Mahya Veray y su Trauma -  Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

These six stellar artists are all making new magic with Latin sounds, but we’ve got to single out Cimafunk. After electrifying Havana with his signature blend of Funk, Cuban music, and African rhythms, Cimafunk is making his US debut at SXSW to kick off a nationwide tour. Catch his show earlier in the day at the International Day Stage Austin Convention Center or on Friday night at the Flamingo Cantina, but whatever you do, don’t miss your chance to say “I was there.”

Thursday 3/14

WOMEX at Flamingo Cantina, 8:00 pm - 2:00 AM

Elisapie - Canada
Leyla McCalla - Haiti/USA
Grupo Rebolu - Colombia/USA
Bixiga 70 - Brazil
KOKOKO! - DR Congo

Friday 3/15

Friday features two amazing showcases side by side: inside the Palm Door on Sixth and outside on the Patio!

Afropop Worldwide at Palm Door on Sixth Patio, 7:30 PM - 1:15 AM

Nsimbi - Los Angeles, CA
Aramide - Lagos, Nigeria
AfrotroniX - Montreal, Canada
JOJO ABOT - Volta Region, Ghana
SHIRAZEE - Porto Novo, Benin
Adekunle Gold - Lagos, Nigeria

globalFEST at Palm Door on Sixth, 8:00 pm - 2:00 AM

Taimane - Hawaii
Tufan Derince - Kurdistan
47SOUL - Palestine
Karol Conka - Brazil
Cha Wa - New Orleans, Louisiana
Bohemian Betyars  - Hungary

Conference Sessions

During the day, learn strategies to boost your career in an ever-changing industry at sessions in the Making and Marketing Music and Music Industry & Culture conference tracks. Here are just a few of the sessions artists will get the most out of:

Wednesday 3/13

Living The Dream: Successful Streaming Strategies
 2:00pm-3:00pm Austin Convention Center Room 13AB

Featured Session: First Play to First Platinum: The Evolving Creator Journey
3:30pm-4:30pm Hilton Austin Downtown Salon C

Thursday 3/14

Cultural Exchange and a Progressive Music Industry
2:00pm-3:00pm, Hilton Austin Downtown Salon A

Friday 3/15

The Future of Marketing The Past
12:30pm-1:30pm, Austin Convention Center Room 12AB

Advantages of Regional Music Services Around the World
2:00pm-3:00pm, Austin Convention Center Room 13AB