Every October we hit the road and head to WOMEX, the World Music Expo. This year took us to the beautiful city full of thermal baths, Budapest.

WOMEX brings over 2,000 music industry professionals together to meet with each other, talk shop with agents and managers and most importantly, discover new music. Our days were filled with conference sessions and meetings around the expo hall, while our nights were spent moving from stage to stage at artist showcases. And if we didn’t get enough music, there were also DJ showcases from 2am-5am ( our dance party stand outs were Rocky Marsiano from Portugal and Chancha Via Circuito from Argentina.)

Below are some of our favorite artist picks from this year’s WOMEX. You can see more photos on our Instagram by following #gpxtravels.

A-Wa (Israel)
Yemenite folk songs mixed with electronic dance music. We’re also loving this unplugged version.

Blick Bassy (Cameroon/France)
Singer/songwriter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmjNaaLI8z0

Karolina Cicha & Bart Palyga (Poland)
Traditional folk instruments joined by modern samplers and loopers

Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band (Ghana)
One of Ghana’s highlife greats

Vaudou Game (Togo/France)
Afrofunk meets funky James Brown

Federspiel (Austria)
Seven-piece ensemble that redefines brass-band music