Rok Kosir is a graduate ethnologist and cultural anthropologist with a Master’s degree from the Ljubljana Faculty of Arts on the music of Mali.

He has travelled and worked extensively in Africa, and is an expert on African and nomadic culture and music. This has led to occasional collaborations with Glitterbeat, liaising with musicians and helping to record albums by several African artists (Lobi Traore, Tamikrest, Ben Zabo, Dirtmusic) for a label that has just won the WOMEX LABEL of the Year award for the fourth year in a row.

In 2006 Kosir began to work with the DRUGA GODBA FESTIVAL, which takes place annually in Ljubljana and is the most important ‘world music’ festival not only in Slovenia but in Central Europe as a whole. In its thirty-three years, the festival has hosted many of the biggest names on the scene, including Salif Keita, Cesaria Evora, Khaled, Youssou N’Dour and Baaba Maal, among many others.

He has served as the director of ZAVOD DRUGA GODBA Ljubljana, which organises the festival, since 2013; in that time he has produced and promoted between 15 and 25 concerts a year, many of them featuring African artists. At Zavod Druga Godba, he is also responsible for the DruGod record label and the booking agency.

As Druga Godba director he has been active within the EUROPEAN FORUM OF WORLDWIDE MUSIC FESTIVALS (EFWMF), the most important European network for festivals, currently numbering forty-three, that share the vision of the world as a patchwork of local traditions and musics, each different in expression and content yet equal in value. It continuously seeks to facilitate and intensify links with non-European festivals and other networks within the world music community, in addition to maintaining lines of communication with organisations dealing with general issues of importance to event organisers. The network is well connected to the world outside Europe as well, not only through its associate members, but also as a result ofintense formal and informal networking.

In 2016 Kosir joined the management board of the Slovenian Music Information Centre (SIGIC), with a special remit to establish a Slovenian music export office.


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