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WOMADELAIDE

Over 20 artists and speakers announced for 20th WOMADelaide festival including Angelique Kidjo and David Suzuki


Image Credit WOMADelaide 2015, Tony Lewis

WOMADelaide has announced over 20 artists and speakers for its 20th festival, including Benin’s Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo, and Canadian academic and environmentalist David Suzuki. Set to kick off in Adelaide’s Botanic Park from 11–14 March 2016, click through for the first lineup.

Festival Photos: Womadelaide (Day 4) - Adelaide Botanic Gardens (09.03.15)

To cap off a perfect weekend of World music and craft, participants in Womadelaide were treated to acts such as Sinead O'Connor, Neneh Cherry and Rocketnumbernine as well as Korean punk/pop act Jambinai. The Colour of Time parade bought people together in mutual dust and the Spanish hairdressers, Osadia were creating magnificent hairpieces. Our photographer John Goodridge brings you these photos.

Festival Photos: Womadelaide (Day 3) - Adelaide Botanic Gardens (08.03.15)

Womadelaide is a showcase of world music held over four days in the leafy Adelaide Botanic Gardens. It promotes music, arts and a grass roots lifestyle in a family friendly environment. Our photographer John Goodridge brings you some photos from the first three days of the festival.

Photo Gallery: Womadelaide Day 1 & 2 - Botanic Park, Adelaide (06 & 07.03.15)

Womadelaide is back! Check out the day 1 & 2 highlights featuring Rufus Wainwright, CW Stoneking and Willow Beats, snapped by Lauren Connelly.

Festival Review: WOMADELAIDE (Day Two) - Adelaide Botanic Gardens (07.03.15)

WOMADelaide Day Two starts off with some coconut juice and some time out in the sun soaking up the wonderful sounds of Emma Swift and Robyn Hitchcock. I know, I know, it's a hard way to spend a weekend - someone's got to do it though, right?

Festival Review: WOMADELAIDE (Day One) - Adelaide Botanic Gardens (06.03.15)

There's something about WOMADelaide that always gets me so excited. I was gutted to have missed out on the festival last year and as I took the short walk from my house down to Botanic Park, I could tell by watching the families and other people rushing through to the gates, that this was going to be another great year. The four day world music festival brings with it a bill of artists representing such a wide range of music and performance styles that it's near impossible to know every act on the line up. Which is no bad thing. Instead, you go along and discover some new favourites along the way.

The AU Interview: Criolo (Brazil) talks WOMADelaide and making music in São Paulo.

Growing up in the town of São Paulo, Criolo initially wanted to express the life he was living as a rapper, but over the years Criolo (aka Kleber Cavalcante Gomes) has expanded to include samba, reggae and other styles from around the world. He was kind enough to have a chat to us from Brazil.

the AU interview: Rufus Wainwright (New York) on his Australian return & keeping perspective on performances and his career.

Rufus Wainwright is one of those performers who, if you're a fan or have merely heard of his music, evokes a certain feeling of awe. His artistic pedigree is iconic and the projects that he has involved himself in over the past few decades have spawned some truly memorable moments in contemporary music. Having cultivated a strong fan base in Australia, Wainwright is set to embark on a national tour next week, off the back of the release of Vibrate: The Best of Rufus Wainwright, his first tour here in almost three years.

the AU interview: Willow Beats (Melbourne) talk Womadelaide, field recording and their latest EP

The duo of Willow Beats are mysterious musical makers. Unconventional recording techniques are creeping into their songwriting methods, which in turn are making some of their work the most unique dance music to come out of Australia for a while. Narayana from the duo chatted to The AU Review ahead of their shows at WOMADelaide next month.

Hello Asia! Interview: Shacho from Soil & Pimp Sessions (Japan) talks About WOMADelaide Festival, Death Jazz and More

Soil & Pimp Sessions is a Japanese band unique in its music and costume style, breaking all the rules and exploring the uncharted territories of Japanese Jazz - popularly known as self-styled Death Jazz. Known for their raw yet energetic and passionate live performances, the band will again meet their Australian audiences at Perth International Arts Festival 2015 on 5th March 2015 at Chevron Festival Gardens and at WOMADelaide 2015 on 6th March 2015 at Botanic Park, Adelaide. Our editor Johnny Au had a chat with Shacho-san from Soil & Pimp Sessions about what to expect in their coming performances, how their band and Death Jazz came about, music festivals and more.

the AU interview: Myele Manzanza (NZ) on rhythm, performing overseas and his solo album 'One'

Melody, harmony and all that notes-based stuff is kinda critical for music to really exist, but if you don’t have that rhythm section, then you just won’t cut it. Myele Manzanza is a drummer who has flowed between many critical rhythm positions in his career, from playing along with his father’s (Sam Manzanza) band, to his technical prowess as a drummer for Electric Wire Hustle.

the AU interview: Sharon Van Etten (USA)

Ahead of her Australian tour next year, with visits to Golden Plains Festival, Womadelaide and the Perth International Arts Festival, we caught up with American singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten to find out a bit more about her most recent album Are We There, her approach to songwriting, and her thoughts on touring Australia, and the Australian festival circuit.

Sinead O'Connor leads second WOMADelaide artist announcement!

The second WOMADelaide announcement landed today, further certifying the event's status as one of the premiere world dance and music gatherings in the world. Leading the second artist update is the Grammy nominated Sinead O'Connor, who will be bringing her new album I'm Not Bossy; I'm the Boss Down Under, as well as her acclaimed catalogue of music.

Festival Review: WOMADelaide, Day One & Three - Bonython Park, (07.03.14 and 09.03.14)

Adelaide’s Mad March is in full swing, and this past weekend, it only got madder…WOMADder, to be exact.

Photo Gallery: WOMADelaide - Adelaide Botanic Gardens (07.03.14 - 10.03.14)

Alex Kwong takes us to the massive WOMADelaide with this photo gallery featuring Billy Bragg, Arrested Development, Dub Inc, Fat Freddy's Drop and many, many, many more...