The first acts have been revealed for the four days of music, dance and culture that is WOMAD, which brings music from around the world to Charlton Park, near Malmesbury, in Wiltshire from Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th July 2019.
On the main stage are reggae superstar Ziggy Marley (Jamaica), the brothers that are Orbital (UK), and Anna Calvi (UK), . There's 'the golden voice of Africa' Salif Keita (Mali), funksters Cymande (UK), Afro-punk from Tshegue (France/Democratic Republic of Congo), more reggae from Brushy One String (Jamaica), and fusion from Delgres (France). There's also Petite Noir (South Africa), Les Filles de Illighadad (Niger), Dhafer Youssef (Tunisia), Nadine Shah (UK), DakhaBrakha (Ukraine), Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (Italy), Liniker e os Carmelows (Brazil), and Ustad Saami (Pakistan).
Others announced today are Meute (Germany), A Change is Gonna Come (UK), Soothsayers (UK), Orquesta Akokan (Cuba), Channel One Sound System (UK), Saint Sister (Ireland), Kraftwerk re:werk with the Paraorchestra (UK), Baba Zula (Turkey), Kokoroko (UK), Vaudou Game (Togo), Jungle by Night (Netherlands), Nimba (Guinea/UK), Victoria Hanna (Israel), Hejira (UK), Chateau Rouge (Gran Canaria Spain), Soham De (UK), Maija Kauhanen (Finland), RuRa (UK), Maysa Daw (Palestine), Szun Waves (UK), Kim So Ra (South Korea), Vula Viel (UK), Macha y el Bloque Depreseivo (Chile), Marja Mortensson (Norway), Lindigo (Réunion Island), The Lemon Bucket Orkestra (Canada), Fofoulah (UK/Senegal), Gili Yalo (Ethiopia/Israel), Madalisto Band (Malawi), and Malawurr (Australia).
As well as the music there 's also the World of Words with talks, debates, panels and performances, there's demonstrations from the artists as they rustle up their favourite dishes from home at Taste the World and you can be inspired in the World of Physics with workshops galore. There's therapies for your mind, body, and soul at the World of Wellbeing and for the younger ones a whole universe of fun and games at the World of Children, this year cosmically themed all around Space, plus there's over 80 free workshops all day every day where festival goers can delve deeper into the music, the moves and the inspiration of some of the amazing WOMAD artists. More names to be announced soon.
WOMAD founder Peter Gabriel says“WOMAD, our world music festival, was established with the specific intent of featuring all the richness and magic of our cultural differences. Meanwhile, across the globe we're watching cynical politicians growing powerful on a diet of fear and hate. The world is more divided than ever and there’s never been a better reason for people to bring all the barriers down, to relax and connect through music, art and dance. Every year at WOMAD it is our differences, our diversity, that become the reason we want to be together. Long Live WOMAD!”
Tickets are on sale, priced as follows:-
adult 3 days: £185
adult 4 days: £225
teenage 3 days: £95*
teenage 4 days: £130*
(*names of teenagers must be registered when purchasing tickets)
Park & Camp: £90
Children 13 and under FREE (but still need ticket)
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