WOMAD ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL 2018 LINEUP

WOMAD 2018
LINE-UP ANNOUNCEMENT

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Tonight, Wednesday October 18, at an esteemed event at The Grand Hall in Wellington’s Parliament Buildings, surrounded by international delegates and WOMAD advocates, WOMAD NZ announce the 2018 artist line-up.

The internationally established three day world music, arts and dance festival is known for its exciting and diverse line-up and next year’s event is no exception.

WOMAD NZ 2018 is a melting pot of folk, afro-funk, hip hop, classical, jazz and punk rock performed on violins, ouds, koras and squeeze boxes. With artists from countries as varied as Canada, Chile, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon and Mauritania delivering a blend of traditional and modern performances; expect diverse languages, cultures, harmonies and rhythms from the big names and to discover glorious artists you’ve never heard of.

Announced this evening are familiar festival favourites; the pioneer of bass-dominant, dub flavoured dance tunes, UK’s Adrian Sherwood, the heavy metal inspired acoustic guitar duo from Mexico, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Washington D.C. based DJ collective, the uniquely diverse dub inspired Thievery Corporation.

Over the weekend Brooklands Park will ring with sounds from Brazilian 10 piece, Bixiga 70 and their dizzying heights of progressive Afrobeat, Tinariwen’s scorching Mali desert blues and Havana Meets Kingston’s sound-clash of reggae, dub and dancehall with salsa and rumba.

Lebanon’s soulful classically trained Ghada Shbeir and Israel’s vocal hip hop star Victoria Hanna will deliver tales from ancient texts and stories of current social injustices. Chilean political-punk-poet Nano Stern and Ghanaian Jojo Abot who seamlessly blends electronica, indie-soul, reggae and hip hop will be part of a growing global conversation with audiences.

Always a highlight of WOMAD are the talents of local artists and 2018 looks to be one of the most exciting yet with the “toweringly talented song writer” Aldous Harding and Auckland city’s Hopetoun Brown, who will stomp and parp their way into audience hearts with nothing but brass, a bass clarinet, two sets of tambourines and tonsils. West Auckland newcomers, The Miltones will deliver some excellent knee slappin’, foot stompin’ and booty shakin’ and from Taranaki, The Slacks will bring home some classic kiwi messages of unity, aroha, and community.

Previously announced; Los Angeles saxophonist, composer and jazz superstar Kamasi Washington, the Indian classical and progressive sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar and classic Kiwi band Dragon complete the 29 exciting and eclectic artists from across the globe who will be performing at WOMAD 2018.

“WOMAD 2018 is a fantastic representation of World music of today and continues supporting diverse voices on stages. An incredible weekend of musical discovery with artists from around the globe.” – Emere Wano, WOMAD Event Director & NZ Programme Manager.

Artists appearing at WOMAD 2018 in alphabetical order:

ADRIAN SHERWOOD (UK), ALDOUS HARDING (Aotearoa), ANOUSHKA SHANKAR (India/UK), BIXIGA 70 (Brazil), CHICO TRUJILLO (Chile), CONSTANTINOPLE (Canada), DAYMÉ AROCENA (Cuba), DRAGON (Aotearoa), GHADA SHBEIR (Lebanon), HAVANA MEETS KINGSTON (Jamaica / Cuba), HOPETOUN BROWN (Aotearoa), JAMIE MCDOWELL & TOM THUM (Australia), JOJO ABOT (Ghana / USA), KAMASI WASHINGTON (USA), LEMON BUCKET ORKESTRA (Canada), LE VENT DU NORD (Canada), MY BUBBA (Sweden/ Iceland), NANO STERN (Chile), NOURA MINT SEYMALI (Mauritania), PAT THOMAS & KWASHIBU AREA BAND (Ghana), RAHIM ALHAJ TRIO (Iraq), RODRIGO Y GABRIELA (Mexico), SPOOKY MEN’S CHORALE (Australia), THE MILTONES (Aotearoa), THE SLACKS (Aotearoa), THIEVERY CORPORATION (USA), TINARIWEN (Mali), VICTORIA HANNA (Israel), VIOLONS BARBARES (France/Mongolia/Bulgaria) Continue reading

WOMAD WELCOMES ‘DRAGON’ TO 2018 LINE-UP

WOMAD NZ
16 -18 March 2018 

is thrilled to deliver its first artist announcement for WOMAD 2018, with the classic chart-topping Kiwi hitmakers;

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Dragon who since forming in 1972, have produced a stack of rock anthems including April Sun in Cuba, Are You Old Enough, Young Years, and Rain. Their WOMAD 2018 performance will be a homecoming of sorts as Dragon founding member Todd Hunter, and his late brother Marc, were born and raised in Waitara, Taranaki. The Hunter brothers spent many long summer days on holiday in New Plymouth at their Aunt’s place across the road from the stunning 55-acre Brooklands Park and the TSB Bowl of Brooklands; the home of WOMAD NZ for the past fourteen years.

Todd has advised WOMAD festival goers to be “prepared to sing your hearts out with a bunch of happy human beings”.

Emere Wano – Programme Manager, Event Director says “A legacy born out of hard work, these timeless Kiwi rockers will get you up air-guitaring and singing, and as one reviewer put it, ‘if they don’t then you need your pulse checked’.”

Dragon: ‘Rain’ – Live in Christchurch 2014

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WOMAD NZ have launched full stage schedule for the three day festival 17 – 19 March 2017.

There is over 30 hours of performances in this power-packed programme featuring some of the very best musicians from around the globe, with over 300 artists representing 21 countries.

The festival artists who will be holding cooking demonstrations at Nova Energy Taste The World hosted by Jax Hamilton have also been announced.

WOMAD NZ are releasing the schedule for the highly anticipated new festival feature, the World of Words plus for the first time ever the Kidzone schedule will be released ahead of the festival.

Building on the success of the Oyster and Bubbles bar in 2016, the Gables House Lawn will again be transformed into an intimate space for those looking to indulge in some fine hors d’oeuvres and wine.

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WOMAD gives an early gift this Christmas with the release of the day schedule

As a Merry Christmas to their fans, for the first time EVER,
WOMAD are releasing a day schedule for the 2017 festival,
so give the gift of WOMAD this Christmas!

The full stage schedule will be released the last week of January 2017.

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WOMAD 2017 – Fri March 17 – Sun March 19; Tickets on sale from the WOMAD site, for ticketing options click here: https://tickets.womad.co.nz/event/view/womad2017
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SINKANE – new album, video & WOMAD 2017 performance

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SINKANE ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM – ‘LIFE & LIVIN’ IT’

OUT FEBRUARY 10TH 2017 ON CITY SLANG / RHYTHMETHOD

With a falsetto voice drifting over driving beats and layered synth lines, the compelling sound of Sinkane defines Ahmed Gallab’s journey from a childhood in London and Sudan to Brooklyn, where his music took flight. His style-hopping sonic influences embrace Afrobeat, pop and soul grooves and the result is a seamless and seductive cross-cultural mesh.

SINKANE PERFORMS AS PART OF WOMAD, 17-19 MARCH, 2017. 

WOMAD 2017 sees the festival celebrate its 13th anniversary in the stunning 55-acre Brooklands Park and TSB Bowl of Brooklands, New Plymouth. TICKETS ON SALE NOW FROM:  http:// https://tickets.womad.co.nz/event/view/womad2017

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WOMAD New Zealand adds 5 new artists to the already stellar 2017 festival lineup

 

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As always with WOMAD, the three day festival is brimming with the very best musicians and artists from around the world and the 2017 festival features 53 acts with 21 countries represented (including Kidzone, Te Paepae and the newest addition to WOMAD New Zealand; World Of Words). WOMAD Programme Manager NZ, Emere Wano says “2017 is loaded with acts that entertain and inform, educate and inspire us through their music. The lineup just keeps on radiating diversity with our latest announcement of artists from Austria and Asia Pacific”

Introducing the latest acts to be announced:

TAGO (South Korea)
Tago means ‘lighting up the world by beating drums’, and this young ensemble achieves it with a breathtaking mixture of Korean traditional instruments, from gigantic drums to small percussion, spiced up with extravagant martial arts movements. TAGO’s performances are a masterful display of thrilling percussion and precision movement.

Parov Stelar (Austria) 
Austria’s electro-swing band Parov Stelar, fronted by singer Cleo Panther, will make their New Zealand debut exclusive to WOMAD NZ.  Their insanely catchy music that has been used in advertising campaigns across the world with joyous horns and sophisticated style, has the sass and panache of 1920s cabaret, with modern-day dance floor appeal.

Marlon Williams (Christchurch/Aotearoa) 
Described by the guardian as delicious, oddly uplifting misery, Marlon William’s is New Zealand’s acclaimed folk and country singer making deep waves overseas. A veteran singer songwriter at the age of 25, Williams found his calling as a child growing up in Lyttelton, New Zealand. He is known for his ability to truly inhabit his material, blurring the distinctions between classics and his own works.

BAYNK (Los Angeles/Aotearoa) 
Baynk has been credited with being the sound of a new generation. His bass-heavy electronic tunes and stage presence get even the most sedentary bodies dancing. His story of accidental fame is an entertaining one, rising to fame after uploading a mix to soundcloud. His premiere performance was at St Jerome’s Laneway festival in February 2016 and he’s since garnered a staggering online following in NZ and overseas.

Nattali Rize (Jamaica/Australia) 
Best known as the dynamic front woman of roots favourites Blue King Brown, the ever-evolving Nattali heads up this new-conscious reggae project.  With a renewed focus and energy after spending time living in Jamaica, Nattali and her Jamaican-international band are ready to unleash their debut album of uplifting and thought-provoking music.

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Womad New Zealand is adding a new chapter to the 2017 festival – the World of Words.

WORLD OF WORDS LINE UP

The line-up includes WOMAD artist and Australian icon Archie Roach. Taken from his family at a young age, Archie was one of Australia’s “stolen children”. TV One’s Miriama Kamo will interview Archie about the lost generation, indigenous rights and the right of re-dress.

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Fellow festival artist Inna Modja from Mali, will also have strong words to share. A musician, songwriter, visual artist and a victim of female genital mutilation, Inna has been spotlighting abuse against women for over a decade.

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WOMAD 2017 Line-Up Announcement

With much excitement UK 2 Tone and Ska legends The Specials were the first announced to play WOMAD NZ 2017.

Now, WOMAD NZ is over the moon to announce that joining them are: from Brazil, Grammy-nominee Bebel Gilberto, daughter of renowned singer João Gilberto performing her own laidback style of bossa nova; the French-Chilean musician, Ana Tijoux, whose sound captures where the street meets tradition; Vietnamese musicians Hanoi Masters who use half-forgotten traditional instruments to convey deep, personal connections to the upheavals of the Vietnam War; the New Orleans brass group Hot 8 Brass Band (USA), who will bring their signature blend of hip-hop, jazz and funk; “The Songbird of Wassoulou” Oumou Sangare (Mali) who is known for her seamless mix of old and new sounds that create a haunting backdrop for political lyrics, making her passion clear in any language and Sudha Ragunathan (India) who will take you to the heart of Carnatic music with her voice of gold.

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Local artists include Wellington producer and multi instrumentalist Lord Echo who blends boogie-laced Funk, disco-primed Reggae, futuristic Soul, and timeless African rhythms. Hailing from Auckland is Mt Eden, expect them to fire up their trademark extended build-ups, drum solos, double and triple drops and Auckland based Sons Of Zion whose fusion of reggae, heavy rock, dub and funk will get you dancing.

There  are many, many, more exciting artists to discover at the WOMAD 2017 Festival, more below.

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