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The Manganiyar Seduction at WOMAD

Posted on July 27th, 2012 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

Photos by Alexandra Petropoulos

There are few things more disappointing than a show that doesn’t live up to its hype, and nothing more satisfying than one that does.

The Manganiyar Seduction is one of the shows that not only lives up to its expectations, but surpasses them. Put together by theatre director Roysten Abel, the performance is one of the most stimulating shows I’ve ever seen.

The stage is set with 36 boxes stacked four stories high and fronted with lights and red velvet curtains. The show began slowly with a single musician throwing back his box curtain and playing. As each musician joins, their box is lit and the music intensifies.

As visually stunning as the music and as musically colourful as Rajasthan, this is a show not to miss.

For those of you here at WOMAD who missed this on Friday night, they will be performing in the Siam Tent again on Sunday at 8:25pm.








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Upcoming WOMAD Charlton Park 2012 Performances

Posted on July 25th, 2012 in Recent posts by .

With a line-up that includes the likes of Hugh Masekela, Femi Kuti, Jimmy Cliff, Carlou D and DubFX, there’s certainly no shortage of awe-inspiring music at WOMAD Charlton Park 2012. That said, here are just a few of the acts that the Songlines team are really looking forward to seeing.


Soul Rebels performing Thursday
Who doesn’t love a good brass band? Especially one that plays a cover of ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)’.


Narasirato performing Friday
This group from the Solomon Islands, featured in issue #83 (April/May 2012), know how to rock the panpipes.


Nazaket Teymurova performing Friday
A Top of the World in issue #85 (July 2012), the Teymurova is one of the leading singers of Azeri mugham.


Seth Lakeman performing Friday
Recently featured in issue #83 (April/May 2012), the folk star will give us a history lesson from the barrel house.


Raghu Dixit performing Saturday
It seems like the Songlines favourite from India has played at nearly every UK festival these past few years, but there is a good reason why. 


Batida performing Saturday
The Lisbon-based DJ is sure to make the crowd dance this weekend after his debut album received a Top of the World in issue #84 (June 2012).


The Alaev Family performing Sunday
The Central Asian Jewish band, featured in the current issue, make their UK debut this weekend.


Dizraeli and the Small Gods performing Sunday
The folk/hip-hop groovers made a giant splash at Larmer Tree Festival and are sure to get WOMAD boogying too.


Be sure to stay connected throughout the weekend for tweeting and blogging aplenty from site and for those of you who are lucky enough to attend this year’s festival, stop by the Songlines stand to say hello. 



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Gurrumul cancels European tour due to ill health

Posted on July 17th, 2012 in News, Recent posts by .

The Aboriginal singer-songwriter Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu has sadly been forced to cancel his tour in Europe this summer, including dates at BT River of Music in London next weekend and WOMAD Charlton Park.

This is the second time Gurrumul has had to cancel dates  –  his tour in the summer of 2010 was cancelled for similar health reasons. However, he returned to the UK in October 2011 where he played to a packed  hall at the Barbican. More recently Gurrumul performed with a star-studded line-up in front of Buckingham Palace in June for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert. He can also be seen (although sadly not heard terribly well, amid the voices of the Military Wives choir) on Gary Barlow’s super saccharine ‘Sing’ video. A behind-the-scenes book about Gurrumul’s incredible career to date is due to be published next spring.

We wish him well and hope he makes a quick recovery.

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WOMAD Charlton Park 2012

Posted on July 2nd, 2012 in Recent posts by .

Festival season is upon us, and WOMAD Charlton Park 2012 is a mere few weeks away! And this isn’t any old WOMAD, it’s the 30th anniversary. You can take a trip down memory lane on their website, or submit your own photos/videos/memories. Be sure to check out our feature on the 30 years of WOMAD in our next issue (August/September 2012, #86), which we will be bringing with us to the festival.

With a reputation for killer line-ups year upon year, it goes without saying that the 30th anniversary is going to spectacular. From the Hendrix of accordion Kimno Pohjonen to the panpiping Narasirato; the Cajun spice of the Pine Leaf Boys to the Angolan beats of Batida, you can expect to get your groove on this July. 

And just in case you needed any other reasons to pack your tent and wellies for a weekend of fun, WOMAD offers these: 

If you’re not able to make it this year, have no fear, Songlines will be blogging and tweeting aplenty to fill you in. If you are one of the lucky ones to be on site, whip out those smart phones and iPads and follow us to stay on top of what’s happening. 

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