|Country of origin||U.S.|
|Official website||Calabash Music.com|
Calabash Music is an online music company based in Somerville, Massachusetts established in 2001 by Brad Powell. Its goal, as quoted from the website, is to provide the listener access to "talented musicians across the globe," as well as to help "independent artists sell directly to the listener." In 2008 Calabash Music went bankrupt, owing many labels considerable sums of money. The French company Mondomix took over Calabash's business but not its debts.
Calabash Music uses a self-described "equal exchange" revenue share. Archived 5 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine When Calabash sells music licensed directly from an artist, the artist gets 50% of the money from each sale. Artists on Calabash have to manage and pay mechanical rights associated with digital sales. The music in Calabash Music's catalog is primarily licensed from independent artists or small, independent labels.
Currently, Calabash's catalogue contains more than 130 genres, and a similar number of regional breakdowns, from continental (Africa, Europe, etc.), to country specific (Mali, France, India, etc.). The genres range from the well known (R&B, or Salsa) to the obscure (Morna, or Son Jarocho).
Calabash licenses music directly from artists, from labels, and from aggregators. All licenses are non-exclusive. Some artists that Calabash licenses music from do not have the resources or desire to sign with a record label. Calabash also licenses music via small independent labels, and deals with labels based all over the world.
Calabash also maintains several blogs.
Global Music Videos
The Calabash Global Music Videos blog contains videos from artists around the world. Most videos are from artists that Calabash has a license to sell music for, although a few are not represented on the website.
Global Music News
The Calabash Global Music News Blog contains content on developments in the global world music community.
Free Single Blog
Every week, Calabash offers 10 songs from 10 artists for free promotional download. The Free Single Blog tracks the free songs and gives other information regarding the artist's work.
Tune Your World Campaign
Calabash has a campaign entitled 'Tune Your World.' The aim of the campaign is to give aid to Africa through the support of African Artists. The campaign works with artists engaged in their community to create change around issues of health, community, and peace.
Musicians featured in the campaign include Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars, Afrobeat Sudan Aid Project, Stop Excision Project, Zola, The Mutubambile Orphan Choir.
Relationship With National Geographic
National Geographic partnered up with Calabash Music (as well as the Public Radio International show, Afropop Worldwide, the satellite channel LinkTV, and Global Rhythm magazine) to launch its worldmusic store. The partnership uses Calabash's catalogue to populate the site worldmusic.NationalGeographic.com
Like the main site of Calabash Music, the National Geographic World Music allows users to access music by artist, region or genre.
Relationship with Mondomix
As of 2008, Calabash has been sold or is partnering with Mondomix, a French online music store. The www.calabash.com website redirects to Mondomix, and the Mondomix "About Us" page makes no mention of Brad Powell.