/ A platform for transatlantic cultural exchanges /

Cabo Verde

Cabo Verdean history is closely linked to the transatlantic slave trade. Sitting at the axis of three continents, Cabo Verde is committed to being at the forefront of positive exchanges; a central point for spreading the vision of creolization - at the heart of the Cabo Verdean identity; and to keeping peace in the region.

Cabo Verde and music

The archipelago and its music are intrinsically tied to one another. The birthplace of morna, funaná and batuque, Cabo Verde has forged a strong musical identity that reflects the cultural diversity of the region.

Atlantic Music Expo

The center of the capital, Praia, is the home of AME.
Facilitating exchange lies at the heart of the event, with conferences, networking meetings, a professional market and showcases providing the perfect setting for international music professionals, artists from Cabo Verde and abroad to network, expand their contacts and activities, and discover the country. Atlantic Music Expo is scheduled right before Kriol Jazz Festival - extend your stay in Praia and enjoy acts and artists from across the musical spectrum at both events.

 AME is an opportunity for the development of music, not only in Cabo Verde but for the whole continent. 

Mamou Daffé (Mali), Festival sur le Niger & Chairman Arterial Network

Over five editions, AME has become a powerful think tank around topics such as creolization, the role of culture in development, advocacy for the African music sector, reinforcing transatlantic music exchanges, and more. The 2017 edition drew over 550 happy delegates from 40 countries to Praia.

/ Our dates /

  • 31 January 2017
  • Deadline for capeverdean showcase applications
  • 31 December 2017
  • Deadline for international showcase and conference applications
  • 16-19 April 2018
  • AME 2018
  • 19, 20 & 21 April 2018
  • Kriol Jazz Festival



Past Editions

AME has, over five editions, become the go-to event for transatlantic networking, exchanges, insight and music, bringing together professionals, artists and more from Cabo Verde, Africa, the Americas and beyond.


AME's close-knit community grows with each edition and is made up of engaged music professionals and artists from across the world. The lively atmosphere has provided the right platform for networks to form, musicians to seek advice about furthering their careers and artistic opportunities to come to the fore.


The 2017 edition of AME was our biggest yet with 550 delegates from 38 countries descending upon the capital Praia.

Key highlights
> expansion of the showcase artist selection, with 27 acts from 15 countries performing.
> a great discussion about the new business models in music
> partnership with LusAfro

Long live AME!

Carlos Seixas (Portugal), FMM Sines

I love the spirit of this conference and support its mission to foster positive exchanges across the Atlantic through music.

Jamilla Deria (USA), Apollo Theater NYC

The different formats proposed by AME in terms of programming are well suited to the global demands of programmers.

Luc Mayitoukou (Congo/Senegal), Zhu Culture

I felt truly blessed and honoured to be able to participate in the conference in so many capacities. I learned a lot from my colleagues, was inspired by all the artists performances and expanded my network in a meaningful way.

Paula Abreu (Brazil/USA), SummerStage