THREE WOMAD ACTS FOR 2019 ANNOUNCED

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THREE WOMAD ACTS FOR 2019 ANNOUNCED

Womad announcements have sometimes started with a whimper when a couple of acts are announced then delivered the big bang at the official announcement of the complete line-up.

This time the first cabs off the rank for next year's annual festival in Taranaki offer pretty big bangs in their own right.

5fd8e59b_70e9_4ae6_b2e5_bd02d517e3feAngelique Kidjo from Benin is a major attraction in any context but right now the Grammy-award winer rides a particular high with her remarkable reimagining and reinvention of the Talking Heads album Remain in Light, a collection which lent itself to be taken further into Afrobeat.

Also announced is the wonderful Silkroad Ensemble which is a kind of global supergroup drawing on musicians from over a dozen countries and reflects those influences in music which touches on folk of many lands, traditional music reconstituted for the 21st century and so much more.

2e3d3e5d_53be_4a37_9b85_465b976f2e37They will be a delight at Womad.

And the first local artist to be announced is also a good one, Teeks is a contemporary and soulful whose influences are sophisticated and elegant, grounded in classic soul ballads and standards.

He is a few decades younger than most in the Womad demographic but his music has as much appeal for older listeners as those who are into neo-soul for the post-hip-hop generation.

The rest of the Womad line-up will be announced on the night of October 17 at a function in Parliament.

We will keep you posted.


WOMAD New Zealand 2019 will see the festival celebrate its 15th anniversary in the stunning 55-acre Brooklands Park and the TSB Bowl of Brooklands, New Plymouth, 15-17 March 2019.

For further information and ticketing see the official Womad site here.

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