Philippa Ebene (Managing Director and Artistic Director of WEKSTATT DER KULTUREN) explains, “Ultimately, we have simply evolved creole organically. ‘creole’ has gone from strength to strength for the last 12 years and we have been receiving more and more enquiries from abroad, which we could not accept when the competition was regional ‘creole’ due to the Articles of Association. We are very excited to be able to open the competition to international bands as it takes ‘creole global’ as an event to a worldwide audience. The contest with its musical fusion character and its artists, who are drawing their skills and influences from the most diverse sources, was a global event anyway”.
In total 77 applications arrived from Germany, France, Italy, Burkina Faso, Mauritius, Iran, Austria and Switzerland. All applications were from bands with solid craftsmanship and expertise; bands with the ability to create unbelievable fusions, collaborate styles and deliver compositions influenced by Worldmusic and Worldjazz.
“The numerous first-class applications overwhelmed us completely and did not make the pre-selection process easy” explains the head of the judges Biasch Akamé from Universal Music.
This resulted in the judges making the unprecedented decision to open the contest up to 21 bands instead of the original 14. “We cannot wait to experience the varied range of bands from orchestral to dance music live in September during the ‘creole global’ contest, says Akamé.