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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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Now listen to this… Junun, The Gloaming and Tigran Hamasyan

Posted on November 23rd, 2015 in Features, Recent posts by .

Songlines Playlist

Here at Songlines HQ we’re always on the lookout for the most exciting music from around the world. Check out our playlist of the latest tracks that we’ve been listening to.


The Gloaming – ‘The Sailor’s Bonnet’
A live performance of ‘The Sailor’s Bonnet’ by The Gloaming from their 2013 debut album – in eager anticipation of their new album due out in February.


Shye Ben Tzur & Jonny Greenwood – ‘Dil Ki Bahar’
Qawwali singer Shye Ben Tzur first teamed up with Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood for the 2014 Alchemy Festival at London’s Southbank. It was an incredible show and this partnership is what inspired the excellent album with The Rajasthan Express, Junun.


Tigran Hamasyan – ‘Entertain Me’
Tigran’s stunning recording with the Yerevan State Chamber Choir on Luys i Luso, which rightly deserves its place on our Best Albums of 2015 list, caused me to revisit Mockroot from earlier in the year.


Tiken Jah Fakoly feat Ken Boothe – ‘Is it Because I’m Black’
‘Is it Because I’m Black?’ is the first track on Tiken Jah Fakoly’s newest album Racines, released in September. The song features Jamaican vocalist Ken Boothe, who originally sang it on his own album in 1974.


Sain Zahoor and Faiz Ali Faiz
These two performances were held at the Barbican in September. Captivating music by two great artists.

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