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WOMEX 2014 picks

3 days, 5 stages and some tired feet later, we're back in L.A.! Now, in no particular order, here are our five standouts from WOMEX

Ethiocolor

Shoulder shaking was in full effect with Ethiocolor. Like their name says, they're a traditional Ethiopian band with dancers, costume changes and enough energy to power the city of Santiago.

Lula Pena

We love a bumping dance beat just as much as the next guy, but  Portugal's Lula Pena's smokey voice was the perfect pallet cleanser.

Batida

The Angolan/Portuguese group, Batida mixed electronic rhythms with classic Congolese beats for a major dance party with cool visuals to back them up. For their last song they handed out whistles to the audience. If that doesn't say party, we don't know what does.

Guayo Cedeno & Coco Bar

If you need a soundtrack to a Latin spaghetti psychedelic western, it'd be Hondorus' Guayo Cedeno. His trio was tight, but it got even better when Garifuna (Afro-Caribbean roots, with West African rhythms, a Latin lilt and flavors of reggae and calypso) musician, Aurelio Martinez joined. 

Mariza

Fado (Portugese singing, renowed for its expressive and profoundly melancholic character) singer, Mariza gave a vocally stunning performance after accepting the WOMEX 14 Artist Award.



And no surprise, we also saw some of our Grand Performances alums Baloji, Troker (we ran into them in the conferene hall), the El Gusto Orchestra and Nortec Colletive's Bostich + Fussible turn in killer sets.

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