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First acts announced for WOMAD Charlton Park 2018

Posted on March 1st, 2018 in Recent posts by .



Amadou & Mariam, Ken Boothe and Dobet Gnahoré are among the first acts announced for this year’s WOMAD Charlton Park Festival from July 26-29

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 prolific Malian power couple Amadou & Mariam will take to the stage this year, along with the legendary Jamaican singer Ken Boothe and Grammy Award winning singer Dobet Gnahoré, who hails from the Ivory Coast.

Camille, an eclectic and inventive French artist will also appear at Charlton Park, as will Afrobeat and hip-hop fusion group Afro Cluster.

Other confirmed acts so far include:

Django Django (UK)

Sharon Shannon (Ireland)

Jazzanova live featuring Paul Randolph (Germany)

Aeham Ahmad (Palestine/Syria)

Colectivo Danza Región & Cámara de Danza Comunidad (Colombia)

Electric Fields (Australia)

Ezra Collective (UK)

La Dame Blanche (Cuba)

Federspiel (Austria)

Gasper Nali (Malawi)

KermesZ à l’Est (Belgium)

KOKOKO! (Democratic Republic of Congo)

LADAMA (Brazil/Colombia/Venezuela/USA)

Papaya (Portugal/USA)

Pixvae (Colombia)

Tal National (Niger)


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Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 Live at Electric Brixton

Posted on February 20th, 2018 in Recent posts by .

Seun Kuti, eldest son of the late Nigerian legend Fela Kuti, will perform at Electric Brixton, London on March 2

Seun Kuti began performing at his father’s side at just nine years old. Fela Kuti’s musical talent and passion clearly rubbed off on Seun, as did his political drive and anti-establishment views. He went on to build a successful career of his own, releasing numerous albums to critical acclaim and becoming a renowned Afrobeat musician in his own right.

In this special, one-off performance at Electric Brixton Seun will be joined by Egypt 80, the band fronted originally by his late father, as well as Nigerian-British Afrobeat musician Dele Sosimi with his Afrobeat Orchestra.

For more information and to buy tickets, click here

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Watch: Xylouris White – ‘Only Love’

Posted on January 30th, 2018 in Recent posts by .

Fusion duo Xylouris White release new music video for ‘Only Love’, a Songlines Top of the World track this issue

Cretan laouto player and singer George Xylouris and Australian percussionist Jim White together form a mesmerising double act known as Xylouris White. Their latest video, ‘Only Love’, is taken from their recently released album, Mother, and aptly matches their exciting and adventurous musical style. It certainly put a smile on our faces!

‘Only Love’ features on the Songlines Top of the World CD free with the new issue (#135, March 2018). Read the full review of Mother on page 64.

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Jude Kelly announces resignation from Southbank Centre to lead Women of the World

Posted on January 18th, 2018 in Recent posts by .


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Jude Kelly, CBE and artistic director at London’s Southbank Centre, has announced she will leave her current role in order to lead the global development of Women of the World Festival

Since joining the Southbank Centre in 2006, Jude Kelly has maintained the belief that art should be available to all, not just a privileged few. Through her bold programming and artistic vision, she has ensured the venue remains welcoming to all; over 26 million people visit the centre each year.

During her time as artistic director, Kelly has overseen a diverse array of projects, including Africa Utopia, Alchemy (celebrating the arts and culture of South Asia), Nordic Matters, classical and contemporary music festival The Rest is Noise, BAM: Being a Man, Imagine Children’s Festival and more. In 2015 she was awarded a CBE for services to the arts.

Perhaps her most notable achievement to date, however, has been founding WOW: Women of the World Festival in 2010. Now a global movement, the festival has been held 43 times, spreading to over 23 countries and across six continents. Comprised of theatre, talks, activism and more, the festival celebrates the talent, history and potential of females in all fields, while also underlining the barriers which continue to hinder the achievement of gender equality. Kelly plans to lead the further global development of WOW.

Read Jo Frost’s interview with Jude Kelly, and hear her exclusive Songlines playlist in the August/September 2017 issue (#130).



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