WOMADelaide is one of Australia's most iconic festivals: a four day event of the world's best artists, thinkers, dancers, and creators, celebrating the diversity of global cultures against the backdrop of Adelaide's Botanic Park. In commemoration of 25 years of WOMAD, the team has just announced its thrilling first lineup for 2017.
The first round of headliners include:
Philip Glass: Founded by minimalist composer and the ensemble's namesake, Philip Glass, this performance marks his 80th birthday. Conducted by Michael Riesman, the ensemble will deliver a live performance accompanying the screening of Godfery Reggio's 'environmental masterpiece' "Koyaanisqatsi" (1982.)
The Waifs: Formed the same year that WOMAD began, The Waifs distinctive Australian sound is built on a 'special telepathy', expressing the depth of their songwriting talent with the raw emotions explored through their music.
The Specials: In 1979, The Specials introduced the English revival of ska music, a mix of Jamacian Bluebeart and punk. With hits such as 'Gangsters' and 'Ghost Town', the group makes their WOMAD debut.
Other artists include:
Ana Tijoux (Chile)
Archie Roach (Australia): Iconic Indigenous performer and national treasure Archie Roach performed at the first WOMAD in 1992. In 2017, Archie returns to perform his poignant songs, which reflect his varied life experiences and gift for storytelling.
Bebel Gilberto (Brazil)
Brushy One String (Jamacia)
Cie Carabosse (France)
The East Pointers (Canada)
Gawurra (Australia): Celebrating the natural wonders of his Arnhem Land, Gawurra sings in his native Gupapuyngu language, evoking powerful sentiments. His contemporary revival of ancient songlines awarded him four National Indigenous Music Awards in 2016.
Hanoi Masters (Vietnam)
Inna Modja (Mali)
La Mambanegra (Colombia)
The Manganiyar Classroom (India)
Mercedes Peon (Spain)
Philip Glass Ensemble
The Soil (South Africa)
The Specials (UK)
Sudha Ragunathan (India)
The Waifs (Australia)
Warsaw Village Band (Poland)
Xylouris White (Greece/Australia): A bold improvisation of thrashy drums and the lute. The music of Xylouris White is fluid and experimental, yet retains familiar folky, post-punk roots.
More lineups to be announced over the coming months.
Tickets for WOMAD are still available for individuals, groups, concession holders, youth, and children. This exciting line up is sure to fuel a rush for tickets, so we recommend you grab your family and friends, and get in there quick!
WOMAD 2017 Facebook Event
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