Southbank Centre, March 6-10 2013
Women of the World (WOW), the annual global festival that celebrates women across the world, returns to the Southbank Centre this March. A programme of debates, performances and concerts seek to both highlight the achievements of and restrictions facing women today. Established and emerging female talent will be showcased alongside one another throughout the festival – from politics to fashion, health to music.
Friday’s festivities fittingly coincide with International Women’s day (March 8), and offer the opportunity to enjoy an evening at the Royal Festival Hall with West African singers Angélique Kidjo and Fatoumata Diawara.
Kidjo has received a multitude of accolades, among them a Grammy Award and a place in the Guardian’s Top 100 Most Inspiring Women in the World. Described by Time magazine as ‘Africa’s premier diva,’ Kidjo has collaborated with Carlos Santana, Alicia Keys and Amadou & Mariam amongst others.
Fatoumata Diawara’s first album, Fatou was heralded as the Sunday Times No 1 world music album of 2011, and she was – of course – winner of our Newcomer Award in the Songlines Music Awards 2012, appearing in our winner’s concert at the Barbican late last year.
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Saturday March 9 will see Grammy Award winner Susana Baca performing tracks from her latest album, Afrodiaspora, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. The Afro-Peruvian singer’s album explores Africa’s vast influence on Latin American music, and received five stars from Songlines (#77).
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