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More acts announced for WOMAD Charlton Park 2016

Posted on April 7th, 2016 in Live, News, Recent posts by .


Lura, Ana Tijoux, and Les Amazones d’Afrique are among the second wave of acts announced for this year’s WOMAD Charlton Park Festival from July 28-31

Following February’s announcement of the first wave of acts heading to Wiltshire this year, WOMAD have revealed the latest surge of artists who will take to the stages this coming July. 

Cape Verdean singer Lura graces the stage following the release of new album Herança, the brilliant Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux delivers her socially aware material, and extraordinary all-woman supergroup Les Amazones d’Afrique – featuring Oumou Sangaré, Mariam Doumbia of Amadou & Mariam, and Mamani Keita – showcase some of Mali’s greatest female singers.

Other confirmed acts include: 
Asiq Nargile (US)
Broadway Sounds (Australia)
Charles Bradley (US)
Chouk Bwa Libète (Haiti)
Cuncordu e Tenore de Orosei (Italy)
Hanoi Masters (Vietnam)
Heartbeat (Israel/Palestine)
Hindi Zahra (Morocco/France)
John Grant (US)
La Mambanegra (Colombia)
Mercedes Peón (Spain)
N’Diale (France/Mali)
Roots Manuva (UK)
Sons of Kemet (UK)
Soom T (UK)
Wiyaala (Ghana)
Xaos (Greece/UK)

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Malian musicians unite to record track in Bamako

Posted on January 19th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

As the fighting in Mali intensifies between the national army and Islamist militants who have occupied the North, Malian musicians have joined together to record a track in an act of musical solidarity.

Whether its through the hip-hop of Amkoullel, the Touareg blues of Bombino or the rocking ngoni of Bassekou Kouyaté, music is already proving to be an extremely commanding tool in the battle against extremism in Mali and now a host of the country’s top musicians have recorded the track ‘Maliko’ (Peace) in the capital, Bamako.

Artists featured included Songlines Music Awards 2012 Newcomer, Fatoumata Diawara; Amadou & Mariam; Khaira Arby; Kasse Mady Diabaté; Vieux Farka Touré; Toumani Diabaté; Djelimadi Tounkara; Amakoullel; Oumou Sangaré, Habib Koité and Ivory Coast’s Tiken Jag Fakoly.

On Thursday Glastonbury Festival (June 26-30) announced that the first officially confirmed act is to be Mali’s Rokia Traoré, who will one of three Malian acts to open each day at the Pyramid Stage. The festival’s co-organiser Emily Eavis commented; ‘given the situation in Mali at the moment, it felt particularly important to show some solidarity,’ she added ‘we want to stay out of the politics, but if we can give musicians a platform we will always do that.’

Video for ‘Maliko’ below

Read more about the Mali crisis in our November/December 2012 issue (#88) or about Bassekou Kouyaté’s new album recorded during the coup in our January/February 2013 issue (#89).

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World Music Chart

Posted on August 18th, 2012 in News, Recent posts by .

The new Official UK World Music Album Chart is live with several new entries including Ondatrópica with Quantic, Indian music director and composer Pritam and the Brooklyn-based Afro-beat stars Antibalas. 


You can listen to excerpts from each of the top 10 albums on our next podcast (#87), live on August 31.

You can see the full chart (the top 20) as well as the Official UK World Music Compilation Album Chart here.

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Upcoming Larmer Tree Performances

Posted on July 11th, 2012 in Recent posts by .

The weekend is quickly approaching and we are almost ready for Larmer Tree. While packing our wellies and sunglasses (we’re optimists), we started talking about some of the acts at this year’s festival that we are really looking forward to seeing.

With a line-up as good as this, the our list easily goes on and on, but here are just a few of the artists we’re excited about seeing this weekend.

Dub Pistols performing Friday
Their danceable fusion of dub and big beat is exactly what a festival needs. 


The Regular Joes performing Friday
Who doesn’t love a good jump-jive and swing band? No, seriously. Who?


Punch Brothers performing on Saturday
The hip, young boys of bluegrass bring their progressive plucking to Larmer Tree.


Amadou & Mariam performing Saturday
The husband and wife duo recently rocked London’s Back2Black Festival and are sure to deliver at Larmer Tree. You can read our Beginner’s Guide to Amadou & Mariam in our June issue (#84).


Caravan Palace performing Saturday
The Paris-based electro swing band will be promoting their new album Panic, so bring your dancing wellies.


Fatoumata Diawara performing Saturday
As the winner of the 2012 Songlines Music Award for Newcomer, we are really looking forward to seeing her again. Perhaps she’ll consider doing a duet with last year’s Newcomer Award Winner….


Raghu Dixit performing on Sunday 
…. Raghu Dixit. The singer from Bangalore and his band are always great fun and shouldn’t be missed.


Trio Tekke performing Sunday 
Nominated for the Newcomer award in this year’s Songlines Music Awards, the Cypriot ex-pats play traditional rebetika with a contemporary twist.


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