Nitin Sawhney, Mulatu Astatke, Alice Russell, Goran Bregović, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Bassekou Kouyaté will all be heading to Wiltshire this summer for this year’s WOMAD Charlton Park festival (July 24-27).
Indisputably the daddy of all world music festivals, WOMAD now exists in a variety of global incarnations, from Russia’s Mount Mashuk to Adelaide, yet there is always something special about returning to Wiltshire’s beautiful Charlton Park.
WOMAD will showcase the incredible voice of British soul singer Alice Russell, after having had to withdraw from last year’s festival. Nitin Sawhney will perform a live incarnation of his Top of the World album OneZero, a cut-straight-to-vinyl retrospective that revisited key moments from his extensive back catalogue.
Festival favourites Fat Freddy’s Drop will arrive from New Zealand, while Goran Bregović and his Gypsy brass band, Wedding & Funeral Orchestra, fly in from the Balkans. Africa is always well represented at WOMAD, and this year is no exception, with Bassekou Kouyaté, Mulatu Astake, Songlines Music Awards 2012 Newcomer award winner Fatoumata Diawara (with Roberto Fonseca) and veteran Zimbabwean Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi all set to perform.
For the full list of acts so far announced and to purchase tickets visit www.womad.co.uk