The Dutch Delta Sounds festival was held on 7 and 8 September 2016 to celebrate the tenth anniversary of World Music Forum NL. Two evenings of showcases of music from all corners of the world from artists based in the Netherlands will be held on the banks of the Amsterdam IJ harbor, in Bimhuis and Paradiso Noord: arabicana, salsa, tango, kaseko, ethio-pop, jazz cross-overs, reggae, afrobeat and other exotica. In short: Dutch Delta Sounds!

1 delta, 180 nationalities

The Netherlands arose in the midst of a river delta, where various musical cultures met and merged into new musical forms analogous to that of the Mississippi. Immigration is by no means a recent phenomenon and newcomers always brought their music with them. Our major cities are now home to some 180 nationalities. To this day, the mix of Asian, Balkan, Surinamese, Caribbean, Latin, oriental and Mediterranean influences have resulted in a country with multiple streams of glittering music. Over the course of two evenings Dutch Delta Sounds presents a palette of this adventurous local global music in a total of fourteen showcases.

Festival line-up

Ahaddaf QuartetAntimufa, Boi Akih Duo, Carel Kraayenhof Ensemble, Göksel Yilmaz Ensemble, Koffie, Minyeshu, NO blues, Ronald Snijders, Rumbatá Beat Band, The Dubbeez, Tiltan, Nils Fischer & Timbazo en Voodrish. DJ’s: Dr. Goldfinger, Rebel UP! Safri, Socrates

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MC: Robert Sordam – musician, producer, IKO Foundation. Opening by Maite Hontelé, trumpet(Grammy Award Nominee). Closing with The Dubbeez, winner of Talent Award instituted by World Music Forum NL for promising young talent.

Mixed Media Lounge interviews and unplugged sessions were held during during the day in the Tolhuistuin Café.
A Dutch Delta Sounds CD – with tracks by all the performing artists – was released in the November 2016 issue of the internationally renowned world music publication, Songlines Magazine.

An extensive conference programme was held during the day for music professionals from both home and abroad that will include a symposium, keynote addresses, work sessions and a film programme. The theme of the conference is the creolization of streams of music and how this relates to Anglo-American music culture.

Symposium: Dutch Delta Sounds, On Creolisation of Music in the Lowlands with  Stan Rijven, Martha Hawley, Yassine Boussaid, Scott Rollins, Rob Boonzajer Flaes
Keynotes: Simon Frith (UK), Tovey Professor Music University of Edinburgh, British Academy, chair Mercury Music Prize; Amitava Bhattacharya (India), banglanatak. com
Inspiration-sessions: Maite Hontelé, trompetist (NL/CO), Giorgos Markakis (GR) journalist, radiopresentor a.o. European World Music Charts.
Films: Easy Man: The Story of Ronald Snijders, his music and the Nelson Djosa Sessions (Nelson & Djosa, Dennis de Groot), The World Makes Music (Margriet Jansen, voorpremière).

Photo’s of Dutch Detla sounds concerts and conference
Dutch Delta Sounds Festival

Dutch Delta Sounds 2016

Dutch Delta Sounds - Conference

DDS Conference

Dutch Delta Sounds is produced by the open source network World Music Forum NL in cooperation with Dutch Performing Arts/Fonds Podiumkunsten,Bimhuis, Buma Cultuur, MixedWorldMusic, Paradiso, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Ritmundo, and Sena. With thanks to binoq / atana, Music Managers Forum (MMF), Nederlandse Toonkunstenaarsbond (NtB), Ticket to the Tropics, TransCity, Vereniging Nederlandse Poppodia en -Festivals (VNPF), Vereniging van Schouwburg- en Concertgebouw Directeuren (VSCD) and many others.