WOMAD festival today announce their second wave of artists who will join the already stunning line-up performing at Charlton Park in July; a colourful carnival of culture celebrating emerging and established musicians from around the world.
Soul sister supreme and Grammy-Award winning singer Macy Gray will be making her WOMAD debut; twenty years on from her global smash I Try, the gravelly-voiced legend will be bringing her smoky jazz and R&B-tinged pop to Wiltshire. The crowd will be transported to old Havana as multi-generational Latin supergroup Afro-Cuban All Stars kick off the festival on Thursday night as they revive and refresh sounds from the golden era of Cuban music, whilst mixing in contemporary dance rhythms to create the ultimate Latin-Caribbean party. WOMAD are incredibly excited to welcome rock icon Robert Plant with his brand-new collaboration Saving Grace featuring Suzi Dian and Robert Plant, an intimate, warm and soul-stirring live show that promises to be a very special moment.
The word legend is not used lightly when it comes to Calypso Rose, the undisputed Queen of Calypso whose career has spanned over sixty years but shows no sign of stopping, having recently become the oldest artist ever to play at Coachella. With scorching tunes and biting social commentary, this veteran performer remains every bit as prolific and fiery as she’s ever been and is set to put on quite a show.
Whilst Ghanian Jojo Abot brings her deliciously genre-bending futuristic Afro-soul to the party, Kyai Fatahillah Ensemble (Indonesia) make their WOMAD debut with their energetic, percussive interpretation of Gamelan, the traditional ensemble music of Java and Bali and Indian fusion collective Ta Dhom Project featuring Shri use the rhythmic vocal expressions of southern India’s Carnatic tradition to create a thrilling new stream of hip-hop.
Siblings from South Sudan Emmanuel Jal & Nyaruach have overcome harrowing and tragic circumstances to get where they are today; the rap duo now use their fast-paced, politicised lyrics to articulate their concerns of their still-troubled country. Joining them on the line-up will be one of the emerging stars of Nairobi’s vibrant music scene, Muthoni Drummer Queen (Kenya) who is fast becoming one of the more strident voices articulating the urban African experience and closer to home, emerging London-based singer-songwriter Oscar Jerome whose records combine soul-inflected vocals, jazzy arrangements and discernible West African shadings.
Adventurous electro-psych-pop from Celtic group Gwenno will be electrifying with songs in both Welsh and Cornish, whilst Georgian six-piece Iberi Choir use traditional instruments and polyphonic singing to showcase the hauntingly beautiful folk traditions of their homeland. From the other side of the Atlantic come funky and energetic Moon Hooch (USA); consisting of just two saxophonists and a drummer, their sound is big, innovative and awesome, and klezmer music kings The Klezmatics, who after thirty years still know how to get a party started…
For more information or to buy tickets, head to the WOMAD website.
Other WOMAD 2019 artists:
- Anandi Bhatacharya (India) – the ‘voice of modern India’ she is a refreshingly forward-facing singer who, while dialling into her homeland’s classical tradition, is clearly also a citizen of the 21st century.
- Arp Frique and Family (Netherlands) – The alter ego of Dutch multi-instrumentalist Niels Nieuborg, Arp Frigue is a producer extraordinaire, someone with the sharpest appreciation of what makes disco so darned irresistible.
- Black Water County (UK) – A fusion of folk instruments, punk energy and catchy pop melodies, their sing along choruses never cease to rile up festival audiences.
- Brona McVittie (UK) – Included in Lauren Laverne’s best-of-2018 picks, the folk music of County Down native Brona is shimmering, ethereal and experimental in equal measure.
- Charlie Winston (UK) – Free-spirited singer-songwriter with a fine decks of characterful songs which, said The Telegraph, come tinged with plenty of “quirk and theatre”.
- Clan Dextine (DJ) (UK) – A journey from swing to ska, blues to balkan, roots to rave and beyond.
- Dowdelin (France/Martinique) – exhilarating French-Caribbean trio who describe their sound as ‘an attempt to herald a Creole Afro-Futurism’.
- Fandjango (UK) – Hailing from the rolling hills of Lancashire this 5 piece combine the chromatic gypsy flavours and swing articulation of jazz manouche with modern day pop, rock & hip-hop.
- Hiphoppapotamus (DJ) (UK) This DJ and producer creates his own unique party vibes by infusing Afro, Latin and Caribbean styles into his tastefully produced selections of Breaks, House, Drum & Bass/Jungle and Hiphop.
- Jack Baldus (UK) A firm favourite of the South West music scene and a WOMAD staple; we are very happy to welcome his warm pop-jazz fusion sounds back again this year.
- Loonaloop (Australia) This mesmerizing and unique act are carving a name for themselves on the festival circuit with their live, club friendly sound.
- Madame Electrifie (UK) A DJ that fuses the best vintage beats with the best of the modern age; taking audiences through every genre from hip-hop to house to drum and bass and everything in between.
- Malmesbury Schools Project with the Bollywood Brass Band (UK) – The perennial curtain-raiser for the whole festival is this massed celebration of music from local students, this year collaborating with the irresistible drum and brass sound of the mighty Bollywood Brass Band.
- Roosevelt Collier (USA) – An electric fusion of blues, rock and gospel, no-one plays the pedal steel guitar like Roosevelt ‘The Doctor’ Collier.
- Sacha Dieu (France) – One of the pioneers and specialists of Electro Swing, Balkan Gypsy and Global Beats, this DJ runs the infamous 12 year running Gypsy Burlesque event, held at the Hootananny in Brixton.
- Sonido Tupinamba (Argentina) Inspired by the exotic roots and rhythms of African and Latin American music, Tupinamba mixes tropical influences with disco, funk, boogie and house grooves.
- Steve Davis & Kavus Torabi (UK) World Snooker Champion Steve Davis will be playing an eclectic blend of psychedelia and techno ably assisted by Kavus Torabi from Gong.
- Swingers Noir (UK) – They’ll bring a Rock show attitude to the dance music scene with their quirky, genre-mashing, eclectic vintage remixes
- Swinghoppers (UK) – A brand new live music act, combining the feel-good vibes of classic Swing music with the energy and attitude of Golden Era Hip Hop
- The Beatbox Collective – The official world beatbox champions, this superhuman group have collectively won nearly every beatbox competition on the planet
- The Destroyers (UK)- Their live show inspires awe with music of explosive vitality; virtuosic but wildly chaotic, effortlessly eclectic, often dark, sometimes outright silly.
- The Mighty John Street Ska Orchestra (UK) – Old school ska covers from the 60s and 70s, covering classic tunes made famous by Jamaican bands
- Vison Collective (DJ) (UK) Lux and Mystic G join to perform as The Vision Collective, exploring every corner of Dance Music from early Soul to NOW.
For more information or to buy tickets, head to the WOMAD website.
Main image credit: Suzie Blake
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