About World Music Forum NL

World Music Forum NL (WMF) is a NGO representing a grass-roots open source network for the Dutch world music industry. It was founded in 2006 and provides a platform to advance and promote Dutch world music both domestically and abroad.

Main activities of WMF are consulting, national & international promotion, research & policy-development plus organizing regular network meetings, the popular World Blend Cafes. Our activities are supported by Dutch rights-organizations Buma Cultuur, Sena, and by the Ritmundo Foundation.

For the international Dutch World Music promotion WMF partners with Dutch Performing Arts/ Performing Arts Fund NL. WMF also is a member of European Jazz Network.

dutchworldsounds_illuAbout Dutch Delta Sounds

The river Rhine is to the Netherlands what the Mississippi is to New Orleans. In these ‘low lands’ – the delta of Western Europe – multiple streams of cultural influences

have both come down the river and in from the sea. They flowed in from Northern, Eastern and Southern Europe; since the 17th century from its maritime links with

Africa, Asia and the Americas. During the 20th century political and economic changes led to a new massive influx of migrants. This added legacy profoundly colours the contemporary Dutch music world. So expect to find more than music derived from its former colonies in Indonesia, Suriname and the Dutch Caribbean, but also from the Balkans, Cape Verde, Latin America and the Mediterranean. In short, Dutch Delta Sounds.

Crossovers and a free spirit are the trademark of our current world music scene that also serve to foster innovations in jazz, classical and pop. Think of the sonic experiments of Boi Akih, rooted in Indonesian tradition, the oriental adventures of the Ahaddaf Quartet, the reinvention of Surinamese music by funky flutist Ronald

Snijders while Kuenta i Tambu empowers their heritage of the Dutch Antilles. In between Carel Kraayenhof developed from once performing with Piazzolla into Europe’s best bandeon-player, in other latincircles sided by the even so prominent percussionists Lucas van Merwijk and Nils Fischer. The fertile Dutch delta also stimulated the revival of klezmer and afrobeat, respectively with bands like The Amsterdam Klezmer Band and Jungle By Night.

Research projects

  • National Research on World Music in the Netherlands
    The results are published in ‘A world of sounds & opportunities’.

    A brief summary of the facts on World Music Scene in The Netherlands:



  • European World Music Monitor

As a follow-up of the national research program A world of Sounds & Opportunities, in 2014 WMF initiated the development of European World Music Monitor (EWMM) to forward the position of the world music industry on an European scale. Aim is to create effective tools to facilitate the formulation of music policy and further empower the world music industry in general. Through a pilot program with other European countries and partners this research model and strategy is currently being developed.  Interested parties are welcome to join in.

More information about the European research can be found >>overhere.