Ponk will be the first band ever to sing in Czech language at the prestigious festival and showcase WOMEX – The World Music Expo which will take place this October in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Ponk have been together for 3 years only, but their first album Postfolklor, released in April 2015, raised a lot of interest among fans and music professionals. Ponk´s innovative approach to traditional songs and their original usage of classical musical instruments (violin, cimbalom, and double bass) have been praised in Czech Republic as well as abroad.
It is a big goal for many bands from all over the world to have the opportunity to perform at WOMEX. But only a few dozens were chosen by the independent international jury of “Seven Samurai” to play at this exceptional showcase, which will take place in the historical pilgrimage town of Santiago. WOMEX is an event where new music stars are born; representatives of many famous festivals
such as Primavera, Glastonbury or Colours of Ostrava choose the headliners there. Also, managers of big music labels come to WOMEX to search for new artists.
“I sent the application for WOMEX one day before the deadline, just to try how it works. Although we believe that our music could be successful abroad, I absolutely did not think that we had a chance to be chosen. It is a big honour. We released Postfolklor by ourselves, thanks to a crowdfunding campaign. We do not cooperate with any label and there is no production team behind our back. WOMEX is a beautiful reward for all the hard work,” said Ponk´s bassist Jakub Nozicka.
The album Postfolklor appeared among TOP 20 in European world music charts, it was played by radio stations in Germany, France, Connecticut and Alaska and was awarded Czech Andel music prize for the best world music album of 2015. In July, Ponk is going to represent Czech Republic at showcase Czech Music Crossroads. They will play among the best performers from Czech, Slovakian, Polish and Hungarian scenes.