WOMAD’s World Music Line-Up

Now in its 29th year, WOMAD festival is almost upon us. From the 28th to the 31st July, the rolling, green hills of Wiltshire will play host to a fantastic spectacle of musicians from around the world, all of whom will bring a rich mix of global sounds to the event.

Performing at the festival are artists such as Bellowhead, Axel Krygier, Afrocubism, Ballake Sissoko and Vincent Segal, Bomba Estereo, Afrocubism, Ana Moura, Aurelio, The Creole Choir of Cubaand Dub Colossus, to name just a few.

Other artists you would be crazy to miss include Malian bluesman Vieux Farka Touré (pictured above), son of the late legend Ali Farka Touré. However, Vieux is a master of the guitar in his own right, with not only the great influence of his father and his wiry technique, but also rock legends such as Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones.

Romanian folk troupe Taraf de Haidouks will also grace the stage with their evervescent style and fervour of Romani culture. With many a mega star pronouncing their love for the band (Yehudi Menuhin, the Kronos Quartet, Johnny Depp and fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto) the band will no doubt amaze the WOMAD audience with their energy-fuelled songs, haunting melodies and fast-finger action on traditional instruments as violin, accordion, cimbalom, double-bass and flute.

One musician who is strongly set for stardom is singer Omara Moctar, known on the international music circuit as Bombino. Although Tinariwen, and more recently Tamikrest, have graced us with the unique, heart-wrenching sounds of the Sahara Desert, Bombino presents a great sense of energy and youthfulness to his music that at the same time exhumes heady melodies, soulful vocals and truly hypnotic guitar riffs

Don’t forget that WOMAD also offers more than only a glorious line-up. There are workshops galore, for both adults and children, that encourage the “cultural exchange, active participation, collaboration and musical exploration” with loads of artwork to be made in time to show off on the final celebratory procession.

There’s Taste The World, where artists will cook their favourite dishes, the Human Library, where you can loan “human books”, or even become one yourself, to meet new people and find out about different cultures. The festival even has a spa, allowing us to divulge ourselves in a little pampering and relaxation after a very hard day (of having the time of our lives).

by Amy Cunningham


Thursday 28th – Sunday 31st July
WOMAD Festival
Charlton Park
SN16 9DG

For more information and to buy tickets go to womad.org/festivals/charlton-park

Here’s the full music line-up for the festival sorted by date. Remember, in addition there will also be workshops, Taste the World events and other activities to sink your teeth into.

Thursday 28th July
Malmesbury School Project with The Dhol Foundation (United Kingdom)
Easy Star All Stars (United States)
The Flying Carpet (United Kingdom)
DJ Juz
Bellowhead (United Kingdom)
Andy Payback (United Kingdom)
DJ Rory

Friday 29th July
Jazz Jamaica (Jamaica)
The Communicators (United Kingdom)
The Gotipuas, young dancers and acrobats from Orissa (India)
Gasandji (Congo Dem. Rep.)
Rua Macmillan (Scotland)
Bajah & the Dry Eye Crew (Sierra Leone)
El Tanbura (Egypt)
Pacific Curls (New Zealand)
Taraf de Haidouks (Romania)
Jamie Smith’s Mabon (Wales)
The Boxettes (United Kingdom)
Asa (France/Nigeria)
Aurelio (Honduras)
Dub Colossus (Ethiopia/United Kingdom)
Lokkhi Terra (Bangladesh/Cuba/Turkey/United Kingdom)
Afrocubism (Cuba/Mali)
Dub Pistols (United Kingdom)
Souls Liberation (Jamaica)
Abigail Washburn & The Village  (United States)
Alabama 3 (United Kingdom)
Lail Arad (United Kingdom)
DJ Juz
Mungo’s Hi Fi (Scotland)
Alpha Blondy (Cote d’Ivoire)
Don Hendicutz (United Kingdom)
Mahala Rai Banda (Romania)
Iarla Ó Lionáird (Ireland (Irish Republic))
The Mellowtones
Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Segal (France/Mali)
Queen Bee (United Kingdom)
Faiz Ali Faiz (Pakistan)
DJ Rory
CW Stoneking (Australia)

Saturday 30th July
Alejandro Toledo & the Magic Tombolinos (Argentina/Costa Rica/Italy/Portugal)
Hassan Erraji’s MoRoccan Rollers (Morocco)
The Bear Beats Band (United Kingdom)
Khaira Arby (Mali)
AnDa Union (China (Peoples Republic))
Shunsuke Kimura× Etsuro Ono (Japan)
9Bach (Wales)
Bomba Estéreo (Colombia)
Susheela Raman (India/United Kingdom)
Faiz Ali Faiz (Pakistan)
Samuel Yirga (Ethiopia)
Ana Moura (Portugal)
Submotion Orchestra (United Kingdom)
Vieux Farka Touré (Mali)
Brassroots (Greece/United Kingdom/United States)
Fatoumata Diawara (Mali)
Aurelio (Honduras)
Oi Va Voi (United Kingdom)
Las Balkanieras (Bosnia-Herzegovina/Croatia/Russia)
Steve Rice (United Kingdom)
Rodrigo y Gabriela (Mexico)
Donso (France/Mali)
Axel Krygier (Argentina)
DJ Rory
Baaba Maal (Senegal)
The Nextmen & MC Wrec (United Kingdom)
John Stapleton (United Kingdom)
Danyel Waro (Reunion)
Lau (Scotland)
Dub Colossus (Ethiopia/United Kingdom)
DJ Juz
Mr Benn (United Kingdom)
Roland Tchakounté (Cameroon)
Le Trio Joubran (Palestine)
Brassroots (Greece/United Kingdom/United States)

Sunday 31st July
The Savoy Family Cajun Band (United States)
Tori Ensemble (Korea (Republic of))
Dhols of Jaipur (India)
Hari Sivanesan with Omar Puente (Cuba/India) (United Kingdom)
Shunsuke Kimura× Etsuro Ono (Japan)
University of gnawa featuring Aziz Sahmaoui (France/Morocco)
Barrunto Bellota Band (Spain)
Polly’s Band
Nidi D’Arac (Italy)
Penguin Café (United Kingdom)
Nathalie Natiembé (Reunion)
Majorstuen (Norway)
Amparo Sánchez (Spain)
Ebo Taylor (Ghana)
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis (United Kingdom)
I Am Kloot (United Kingdom)
Ayarkhaan (Russia)
Nomfusi & The Lucky Charms (South Africa)
Adam Masterton
The Creole Choir of Cuba (Cuba)
Blitz The Ambassador (Ghana/United States)
Smerinoff (United Kingdom)
Booker T Jones (United States)
Chapelier Fou (France)
Dissidenten (Germany)
Gaz Mayall (United Kingdom)
Gogol Bordello (United States)
Generals Hi-Fi (United Kingdom)
Dj Juz & DJ Rory
Bombino (Niger Republic)
Smerin’s Anti-Social Club (United Kingdom)
Feufollet (United States)
Hanuman (United Kingdom)

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