more acts for WOMAD

Che Sudaka, The Apples, Charlie Winston, Mamer, & many more

By Neil Greenway | Published: Tue 5th May 2009

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Friday 24th to Sunday 26th July 2009
Charlton Park, Upper Minety, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, England MAP
£122.34 for three days
Daily capacity: 22,500
Last updated: Tue 30th Jun 2009

More acts have been announced for world music festival WOMAD, which happens at Charlton Park, near Malmesbury in Wiltshire from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th July.

Newly added are Barcelona-based Latin American punksters, Che Sudaka, Israel's dance-floor fusionists, The Apples, British singer-songwriter (and former Peter Gabriel support act) Charlie Winston, China's new grassland musician Mamer, and Chicago’s jazz and hip hop septet Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.

There's also hip-hop icon Neneh Cherry featuring in the line-up of Swedish electro-pop collective cirKus, plus there's London-based Balkan/Gypsy firebrands Los Desterrados, cult Berlin folk-rockers 17 Hippies, and two of Australia’s most acclaimed Indigenous singer-songwriters – Shellie Morris, and Archie Roach (who will also be joined onstage by special guest Ruby Hunter). And from Argentina, comes the exotic and cool tangos of Melingo.

And then there's hip-swivelling Cuban rap pioneers Orishas who will show why they're considered a national treasure in Latin America and have become a phenomenon everywhere else. Fronted by three buffed, boyband-parodying rappers/singers – crooner Roldan Rivera and compadres Ruzzo and Yotuel – Orishas fuse hip-hop beats with Afro-Cuban rhythms to scorching, innovative effect. Expect hits such as 537 C.U.B.A, Qué pasa and Naci Orishas. Most of all, expect to dance.

"Everybody loves the sunshine", runs Roy Ayers' famous laid-back hit. And everyone, of course, loves Roy Ayers. Now in his fourth decade in the music business, the Godfather of Neo-soul (and the second most sampled musician in hip-hop after James Brown) continues to bridge the gap between generations of music lovers.

Eliades Ochoa started playing guitar when he was six years old in Cuba. Since then he has become one of the most important Cuban soneros of all time, known to the wider world largely for his involvement with the Buena Vista Social Club. Eliades will be reminding Charlton Park this summer why Cuban traditional music is one of the best sounds on earth.

One of the world’s leading beatboxers, Shlomo pushes the boundaries of beatboxing as an art form. Having collaborated with the likes of the Mighty Boosh and Björk, enjoyed a stint as Artist in Residence at London’s South Bank Centre and stunned last year’s WOMAD Charlton Park as the guest of Martha Wainwright, Shlomo returns with his jawdropping Vocal Orchestra – the world's only human beatbox choir.

Acts already confirmed include: A Filletta (Corsica), Acetre (Spain), Andy White (Northern Ireland), Ba Cissoko (Guinea/Conakry), Besh o droM (Hungary), Black Arm Band (Australia), Caravan Palace (France), Darbar Morchang Party (India), Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan (India), Dub Colossus (UK/Ethiopia); Enkh Jargal (Mongolia), Ethiopiques (Ethiopia), Etran Finatawa (Niger, Western Africa), Fat Freddy’s Drop (New Zealand), Hindi Zahra (France), Mad Professor Dub Show (UK), Mariem Hassan (Western Sahara), Nneka (Germany/Nigeria), Oumou Sangare (Mali), Portico Quartet (UK), Rokia Traoré (Mali), RSD featuring Joe Peng (UK), Solomon Burke (USA), Spiro (UK), Victor Démé (Burkina Faso) and Wang Li (China). More acts will be announced in the coming months. For the full line-up details to-date click here.

WOMAD is aimed at the whole family, and allows all children aged 13 years and under in for free, while promising even more stuff for kids and young people than ever before. 'The World of Kids' will have the usual comprehensive programme of workshops, entertainment and activities being held throughout the weekend culminating in the Children's Parade through the arena.

Tickets are priced as follows:
Adult weekend ticket is priced at £122.34.
Disabled weekend ticket is priced at £122.34 (a free 2nd ticket for assistant or carer).
Weekend SN16 resident ticket is priced at £73.37.
Teenagers (aged 14-17) weekend ticket is priced at £58.70.
All those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Thursday camping ticket is priced at £24.46.
This gives entry to the festival campsite from 8am and the arena from 2pm on Thursday 23 July.
Children 13 and under can come free with each adult ticket holder, but need a free child ticket.
All children must hold their own ticket and must be accompanied by an adult.
Thursday tickets do not need to be purchased for children aged 13 and under.
Campervan ticket £39.13.

To buy tickets, click here.

WOMAD brings together many forms of music, arts and dance from countries and cultures around the world on seven separate stage and workshop areas. The full line-up will feature around 100 artists from 40 countries performing over the festival weekend. There's also a full programme of adult and childrens workshops, a cabaret tent, fun fair, comedy, DJ sessions and live performance in the late night 'CLUB WOMAD', and a huge market of world crafts.

WOMAD's famous Global Village offers a dizzying choice of over 40 types of food from all over the globe and the Real Ale Bar is expected to return.

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