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WOMAD – Charlton Park 2014

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After she was forced to pull out from last year’s event, WOMAD are delighted to announce that Alice Russell, one of the UK’s greatest soul singers of this – or any other – time, will be treading the festival’s boards this summer, offering an excellent opportunity to witness a woman whose vocal range is matched by the gamut of emotions that underpin her performances. Also from these shores, Nitin Sawhney ONEZERO is the live incarnation of the polymath’s ONEZERO album, a cut-straight-to-vinyl retrospective that revisited key moments from his extensive back catalogue.

Jetting in from the other side of the planet are evergreen WOMAD favourites Fat Freddy’s Drop, the seven-piece New Zealand crew whose heady brew of dub and soul (plus a smidgeon of techno) never fails to fire the festival vibe. Another multi-membered band flying in – albeit from the somewhat closer Balkans – is Goran Bregovic whose Wedding & Funeral Orchestra marry their leader’s rock-star past with the exuberance of the gypsy brass band tradition.

Africa, of course, is always well represented at WOMAD – and Mali, in particular. Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni ba represent the musically rich country this year. Having graduated from Toumani Diabate’s band to become a star in his own right, Bassekou is the world’s most celebrated player of the ngoni, the ancient harp lute of West Africa. From the other side of the continent comes the mighty Mulatu Astatke. If you’ve ever cupped an ear in the direction of the Ethiopiques reissue series (or to the soundtrack of Jim Jarmusch’s Broken Flowers), you’ll be familiar with this bandleader/composer’s lithe and sensual Ethio-jazz. Mulatu’s performance promises to be a very special one indeed.

Another venerable elder statesman from the top table of African music makes a hugely welcome return to the WOMAD stage when Oliver Mtukudzi – and his excellent band The Black Spirits – remind us of what a joyful sound those shimmering Zimbabwean guitars can be. Also returning to Charlton Park is the Norwegian singer Mari Boine who melds elements of folk, rock and jazz to joik, the traditional music of her Sami homeland. Mari’s records have previously been released on the Real World label, WOMAD’s sister organisation; new Real World signings The Gloaming are also Wiltshire-bound, a five-strong folk super-group that, in the words of The New Yorker, “moves the music of Ireland in captivating new directions”.

Once again, this summer’s festival includes some intriguing new, transnational collaborations. These include the mouthwatering partnership between Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca and Malian songbird Fatoumata Diawara that aims to explore shared traditions, despite their respective homelands being divided by the Atlantic Ocean. Another attractive teaming-up features former Carolina Chocolate Drops songster Dom Flemons and Martin Simpson, one of the finest folk and blues guitarists these shores have ever produced. Both are impeccable players, making this collaboration a must-see.


Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16 9DG

24 July –27 July 2014

BOOKING LINE: +44 (0)118 960 6060  


  • Adult Weekend £160
  • Disabled Adult Weekend £160
  • SN16 Resident Weekend £115
  • Adult Weekend + 1 year’s subscription to Songlines £184.75

Further Ticket Pricing for WOMAD 2014

  • Teenage (aged 14-17yrs) Weekend £80 (Don’t forget to fill out the teenage registration form)
  • Child (aged 0-13yrs) Weekend FREE (suggested donation of £5 to the WOMAD Foundation)


  • Thursday £30
  • Campervan £55
  • Meadow Campervans £55
  • Meadow Park & Camp £65
  • Park & Camp £65
  • La-Di-Dah Loos £16
  • Weekend Spa Ticket £115 (17 years and over only plus backstage bar access)


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WOMAD 2012 – Line up announced: Buena Vista Social Club, Robert Plant and Boubacar Traore

womad 640x480 WOMAD 2012   Line up announced: Buena Vista Social Club, Robert Plant and Boubacar TraoreArtists 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

Ana Moura at the Barbican – 31 October 2011

Catch fado’s newest shining light Ana Moura live at the Barbican on 31st October + Belfast Festival at Queens on 29th October Continue reading Ana Moura at the Barbican – 31 October 2011

WOMAD 2011

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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WOMAD – Charlton Park 28-31 July 2011

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Baaba Maal by Damian Rafferty

WOMAD this year features: Afrocubism , Alpha Blondy, Baaba Maal, Bellowhead, Dub Colossu, Ebo Taylor, Gogol Bordell0, Penguin Café, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Susheela Raman and Taraf de Haidouks Continue reading WOMAD – Charlton Park 28-31 July 2011

Celebrating Sanctuary London 2011 – Sunday, 19 June 2011, 2 – 7pm

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Kerieva's playing at Celebrating Sanctuary

On Sunday, 19 June, Celebrating Sanctuary London, the annual free festival which launches Refugee Week (20-26 June 2011), returns to the South Bank with a profusion of new talent, including the dazzling Krar Collective from Ethiopia, one-man folk orchestra Rory McLeod, young virtuoso vena player Hari Sivenesan, the glittering harp collaboration “Home is Where The Harp Is” and nu-skool Roma singer Kerieva

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JazZstePpa – Sweet Tooth EP

If you’ve not got a sweet tooth for JazZstePpa just yet, watch out as the ‘Big Swing Sound’ takes on the credit criss with this new release, it’s a wise investment.

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Soil & “Pimp” Sessions – Now We Are 6 with Shacho

Soil & “Pimp” Sessions have release their 6th album this year and they are at the Jazz Caf?© today (and WOMAD tomorrow) so as the warmed up in Camden Town, I grabbed a few words with front man Shacho.

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V/A – Sound of the World Presents: Anywhere On This Road

“The late, great Charlie Gillett had a passion for music”, Mark Coles, BBC World Service, June 2010.

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Womad – Gran Canaria

Fancy some autumnal sunshine and great free music then you should be here at Womad’s Gran Canaria festival!

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Zun Zun Egui – Bal La Poussiere EP

This is a debut vinyl EP of “rock edges and quick edits, Japanese progressive epicness and a heavy dose of Fela Kuti inspired eternal groove. East African guitar practise hotwired to Zappa-like subversions” – YEAH!

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Dub Colossus – Return To Addis EP

With a gig lined for Dingwalls on Wednesday, it’s time to return to Addis with the astonishing sound of Dub Colossus.

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Titi Robin – Kali Sultana, L’ombre Du Ghazal

Unsurprisingly Charlie Gillett is a fan already but there’s going to be many more with this latest album release from Thierry ‘Titi’ Robin.

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Jah Wobble & the Chinese Dub Orchestra – Chinese Dub

Eclectic former PiL bass man Jah Wobble teams up with wife Zi Lan Liao to produce his best post-Invaders of the Heart album yet, a dubby yang to the yin of Damon Albarn’s Journey to the West Chinese opera

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Billy Cobham and Asere – De Cuba y De Panama

The first recording of the ongoing collaboration between the legendary drummer and the innovative Cuban group is a testament to the success of fusion music.

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