Womex 2019. Finland

Music Export Ukraine initiated one of the topics of the Womex music conference (Tampere, Finland). Alona Dmukhovska (MEU, Ukraine) together with Nick Hobbs (Charmworks, UK/Turkey) and Alykhan Kaba (Kabul Dreams, Canada/USA) discussed music industry during revolution and social instability.

On October 26 discussion focused at how revolutions have hindered, helped, or were shaped by music, taking examples from Ukraine, Turkey and Afghanistan. After a revolution in 2014 and an armed conflict with Russia, the music industry in Ukraine was set to be doomed, only to find its local scene flourished. Turkey is another example of a country that historically had many episodes of social instability. And when Kabul Dreams, the first rock band from Afghanistan, emerged after the fall of the Taliban regime, their unique music became an anthem for new life after war. Click here for more details.