Artists confirmed so far… Alaev Family (Tajikstan/Israel); Ane Brun (Norway); Boubacar Traore (Mali);Buena Vista Social Club (Cuba); Dizraeli and the Small Gods (UK); Grupo Fantasma (USA); Lo’Jo(France/Algeria); Joe Driscoll & Seckou Kouyate (USA/Guinea); Narasirato (Solomon Islands); Peatbog Faeries (UK); Raghu Dixit (India); Sensational Space Shifters (UK/USA/Gambia); Spiro (UK); Terem Quartet (Russia); Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra (Japan). Continue reading WOMAD 2012 – Line up announced: Buena Vista Social Club, Robert Plant and Boubacar Traore
Round up: despite a wobbly moment with the weather on Friday morning, the festival was flawless in every other way. Some great bands, clearly enjoying playing to audiences free to dance and enjoy the non-auditorium experience, strutted the various stages. My favourites were probably Alpha Blondy (I didn’t even know I liked his music that much before), Baaba Maal of course and Faiz Ali Faiz among the bigger names. The dynamo Nomfusi was a refreshing blast of energy and the reflexive Samuel Yirga caught my attention among the newer names.
It was great to see the festival so well organised. Almost no litter at all thanks to enterprising children getting money back on empty plastic glasses, the beautiful arboretum to wander through, great indian food and some damn fine coffee made it a real pleasure to be there.
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Tatiana Rucinska, compiler of the Beginner’s Guide to Scandinavia (3CD box set released on Nascente in May 2011) talks us through the inspiration for her picks
Quite an interesting statement of intention calling your debut album Same Girl with all but two tracks being covers of mostly well known songs; if she is the same, she’s always been uniquely fantastic on this evidence.
When Andy Votel isn’t putting his talents to creating album covers for Far Out Recordings he spends all his time on his other passion, creating a mix of experimental, psychedelic, folk sci-fi popcorn and his latest album is vintage Votel.
This band’s debut album last year left me a little lost for words so could they do the same with the “difficult second album” with its celestial body?
Day two of the 2010 Big Chill extravaganza was my first full day on site and by the time I was up and about the action was already well underway.
The Barbican’s Blaze festival is presenting an astounding range of contemporary music this summer, a line-up – from Staff Benda Bilili to Youssou N’Dour – that puts every other London presenter in the shade.