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WOMAD Charlton Park 2017: The weekend ahead

Posted on July 25th, 2017 in News, Recent posts by .

Photography by Suzie Blake

Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Oumou Sangaré, Inna de Yard, Toots & the Maytals, Eliza Carthy, the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians and many more perform at WOMAD Charlton Park this weekend

With just days to go until the UK’s premier world music gathering, the Songlines team are gearing up for four days of festivities at WOMAD Charlton Park. Another fantastic line-up awaits as a multitude of artists from around the globe will take to the stage, including the legendary Ladysmith Black Mambazo, roots Reggae collective Inna de Yard, folk singer-songwriter Eliza Carthy, the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians, and a welcome return from Malian superstar Oumou Sangaré. Renowned as an event for all ages, a range of family-friendly activities are also on offer, including tree climbing sessions, yoga, music workshops and, new for 2017, the Giant Wheel at WOMAD. 

If you’re not able to make it, you can keep up-to-date with the latest news and events by following the Songlines team on Twitter and Facebook. To view the full line-up, visit or download the free WOMAD mobile app.

Once again we’ve partnered with independent record store Rise and will be hosting artists signings for the Siam and Open Air stages. Artists confirmed include Michael League and Malika Tirolien’s new supergroup Bokanté, Ghanaian master drummers Kakatsitsi, members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and Mexican/American cumbia collective Orkesta Mendoza. You can download your own artist CD signing timetable here.


You can download your own artist CD signing timetable here.


And don’t forget that we’ll be selling copies of The Guardian and Observer throughout the festival (Fri-Sun inclusive) from both Songlines stands (next to the BBC Radio 3 Charlie Gillett Stage and inside the Rise Records shop), so be sure to drop by for a morning chat with the team!

Below are some of the acts we are looking forward to the most, and an exclusive Apple Music and Spotify playlist to give you a taste of what’s to come.


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More acts announced for WOMAD Charlton Park 2017

Posted on March 30th, 2017 in Live, News, Recent posts by .


Orchestra Baobab, Oumou Sangaré and  Eliza Carthy & the Wayward Band are among the second wave of acts announced for this year’s WOMAD Charlton Park Festival from July 27-30.

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 appear this coming July.

Iconic Senegalese band Orchestra Baobab take to the stage following the release of their new album Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng, the Malian vocal superstar and figure of African female emancipation Oumou Sangaré returns to the WOMAD stage for a much-awaited comeback, and folk powerhouse Eliza Carthy and her Wayward Band stop off in Wiltshire on a busy year of touring.


Other confirmed acts include:

Bixiga 70 (Brasil) 

Malmesbury School Project (UK)

Goat (Sweden)

Orkestra Mendoza (US)

Xáos (Greece/UK)

Bill Laurance (UK)

Tanzania Albinism Society (Tanzania)

King Gurcharan Mall and the Dhol Blasters (UK)

Ska Vengers (India)

Bonga (Angola)

Taiko Meantime (UK)

Inna de Yard (Jamaica)

Officina Zoé (Italy)

Meté Meté (Brazil)

Kuenta i Tambu (The Netherlands)

Beating Heart (UK)

Kakatsitsi, Gubi! Family and Bwiti (Namibia)


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First acts announced for WOMAD Charlton Park 2017

Posted on February 23rd, 2017 in Live, News, Recent posts by .


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)

Bokanté (USA/Guadeloupe)

Bombino (Niger)

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)


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WOMADelaide 25th Anniversary: Free bonus CD

Posted on December 8th, 2016 in News, Recent posts by .

This bonus CD is exclusively available with the January/February (#124) edition of Songlines.

WOMADelaide Songlines CD

Click here to find out more.

WOMADelaide was presented for the very first time at the Adelaide Festival in 1992. The combination of the festival’s renowned high production standards, the late summer magic of Botanic Park and an inspired partnership with the UK-based WOMAD organisation was unique. WOMADelaide has evolved to become an annual celebration that has changed the way audiences experience the diversity of cultures.

It provides a window on the world that is welcoming and life affirming, where art matters and adds to the richness of people’s lives. This compilation represents just a taste of the amazing artists who have enthralled us over the past 25 years.


1. DakhaBrakha (Ukraine) – ‘Karpatskyi Rap’, Light (2014)
2. Rokia Traoré (Mali) – ‘Dounia’, Tchamantché (2008)
3. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (Pakistan) – ‘Mustt Mustt’, Mustt Mustt (1990)
4. Toumani Diabaté’s Symmetric Orchestra (Mali) – ‘Single’, Boulevard de L’Independence (2006)
5. Archie Roach (Australia) – ‘Took the Children Away’, Charcoal Lane (1990)
6. Lo’Jo (France) – ‘Au temps qui passe’, Cinéma el Mundo (2012)
7. Mariem Hassan (Western Sahara) – ‘La Tumchu Anni’ Deseos (2005)
8. Mariza (Portugal) – ‘Cavaleiro Monge’, Fado Curvo (2003)
9. The Gloaming (Ireland & US) – ‘The Sailor’s Bonnet’, The Gloaming (2013)
10. Ernest Ranglin (Jamaica) – ‘Bless Up’, Bless Up (2014)
11. Emel Mathlouthi (Tunisia) – ‘Ya Tounes Ya Meskina’, Helmti Horra (2012)
12. Richie Havens (US) – ‘Handouts in the Rain’, Wishing Well (2002)
13. Youssou N’Dour (Senegal) – ‘Li Ma Weesu’, Nothing’s in Vain (2002)
14. Totó la Momposina (Colombia) – ‘El Pescador’, Tambolero (2015)

+ WOMADelaide 2017 runs from March 10-13. Find out more:

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