Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Bombino and Emir Kusturica are among the first acts announced for this year’s WOMAD Charlton Park Festival from July 27-30
The first wave of names 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 at the Wiltshire site this summer.
The hugely popular household name that is Ladysmith Black Mambazo will take to the stage this year, alongside politically-minded Benjamin Zephaniah with his new musical project, Revolutionary Minds. Emir Kusturica is also sure to lead a lively set of Eastern European folk and Gypsy music, with help from The No Smoking Orchestra.
Maarja Nuut, the Estonian vocalist and fiddler, will also make an appearance, as will Alsarah & The Nubatones, whose track ‘Ya Watan’ featured as a Songlines Top of the World in #123.
Other confirmed acts so far include:
Shobaleader One (UK)
Chico Trujillo (Chile)
Grupo Canalón de Timbiquí (Colombia)
Jamie Smith’s Mabon (UK)
Khmer Rouge Survivors (Cambodia)
Maarja Nuut (Estonia)
The Nile Project (Egypt/Ethiopia and more)
Nomade Orquestra (Brazil)
Rajab Suleiman & Kithara (Zanzibar)
Savina Yannatou (Greece)
Spooky Men’s Chorale (Australia)
Tom Middleton (UK)
Zhou Family Band (China)
For tickets and more information, visit womad.co.uk.