Various Artists: Womad, Australia and New Zealand 2016 (Cartell/Border)

 |   |  <1 min read

Golden Straws of Wheat (by Mahsa Vahdat)
Various Artists: Womad, Australia and New Zealand 2016 (Cartell/Border)

Just a quick heads-up on this 16-track compilation in advance of the Taranaki Womad which opens in a fortnight.

This is one of those pleasurable homework assignments for the car if you are driving there.

It kicks off in fine fashion (wait until you are out of city traffic to push play) with the vibrant and percussive sound of 47Soul from Palestine, Jordan and Syria who deliver an electro-street beat and then things get serious with Spiro from the UK who offer some finely wrought white-line concentration with their blend of folk and minimalism with fiddles, mandolin, accordion and acoustic guitar.

And so it goes: plaintive Spanish gypsy music (singer Diego el Cigala) Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda, Iranian singer Mahsa Vahdat, the urban funk and blues/New Orleans r'n'b fusion of Hazmat Modine from the US . . . 

Also here are a track apiece from John Grant, Calexico, Songhoy Blues, Tulegar, Seun Kuti, St Germaine . . .

It's a scattershot collection but as interesting as the Taranaki Womad will be over the three days.

Enjoy.

Elsewhere has covered a number of these acts recently or in the past: click on the highlighted ones or go here for more.

resized__600x254_e431b816_ee33_4c35_a990_b9bfde5fadcd

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   World Music articles index

Various: Bollywood Dreams/Bhangra (ARC)

Various: Bollywood Dreams/Bhangra (ARC)

My guess is that if you are asked to do a Bollywood compilation you'd be somewhat spoiled for choice, right? There are some thrilling Bollywood soundtrack albums and bhangra compilations out... > Read more

Jah Wobble and the Nippon Dub Ensemble (30 Hertz/Southbound)

Jah Wobble and the Nippon Dub Ensemble (30 Hertz/Southbound)

Because Japanese folk tends to be elegantly austere and melodically understated you could think there's not a lot to flute, koto and percussion that could be done by way of dub. But that would... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Moroccan Roast Beef inna barbecue style

Moroccan Roast Beef inna barbecue style

If you don't have a barbecue with a lid you might want to do this one in the oven, but there is nothing quite like the steamy aroma of the Moroccan flavours when you open the lid to check on this... > Read more

Jack DeJohnette: Sound Travels (Shock)

Jack DeJohnette: Sound Travels (Shock)

The great jazz drummer -- who turns 70 this year -- shows no signs of either slowing down or repeating himself, and on the evidence of his performance of Miles Davis' tribute to Jack Johnson last... > Read more