George Clinton, Baaba Maal, Ibrahim Maalouf and Aziza Brahim are among the first acts announced for this year’s WOMAD Charlton Park Festival from July 28-31
The first wave of acts have been announced for this year’s WOMAD at Charlton Park. Recognised as one of the greatest world music events, the festival returns to its regular setting in celebration of its tenth anniversary at the Wiltshire site.
P-Funk pioneer George Clinton and his legendary band Parliament Funkadelic will take to the stage, Senegalese musician Baaba Maal returns to the line-up following on from the release of his album The Traveller and acclaimed French-Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf will deliver his enchanting, expressive performances for the occasion.
Aziza Brahim, a musical spokeswoman for the people of the Western Sahara, also makes an appearance. Her new album, Abbar el Hamada, is released on March 4 on Glitterbeat Records. Read more about her in our next issue (#116, on sale March 4).
Other confirmed acts include:
Blick Bassy (Cameroon)
Dom La Nena (Brazil/France)
The East Pointers (Canada)
Ethno Trio Troitsa (Belarus)
The Grit Orchestra (UK)
Hot 8 Brass Band (US)
Lula Pena (Portugal)
Moh! Kouyaté (Guinea)
Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band (Ghana)
This is the Kit (UK)
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (India)
For tickets and more information visit womad.co.uk.