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Crossing boundaries: WOMADelaide reveals full 2018 program


WOMADelaide has added more than 50 extra acts to complete a 2018 line-up spanning everything from Israeli hip-hop, New York gypsy punk and Scandinavian folk to Indigenous rap and vintage Aussie rock.

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Highlights among the latest additions include American jazz fusion bass guitarist, singer and producer Thundercat, who has released three albums and contributed to Grammy-winning releases by both Kendrick Lamar and Kamasi Washington, and Israeli “vocal experimentist” Victoria Hanna, who performs Aramaic hip-hop and raps on ancient Hebrew texts.

Other international acts include American gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello, Chicago-based eight-piece Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Bulgarian polyphonic singers Eva Quartet, Zanzibar mini orchestra Rajab Suleiman & Kithara, Scandinavian folk duo My Bubba, Cameroon musician Blick Bassy (who blends blues, Bossa Nova and folk) and China’s TAO Dance Theater.

WOMADelaide director Ian Scobie AM says the program for the world music festival, to be held in Botanic Park from March 9-12, crosses “many new boundaries, and countries as varied as Ghana, Sweden, Cape Verde, Turkey, Cameroon and PNG, as well as highlighting major projects in dance, circus and the visual arts”.

“The 2018 festival is a true celebration of the wealth of musical and creative invention from some of the world’s most original, brilliant and adventurous artists.”

Australian group Tex, Don and Charlie ­– which comprises Tex Perkins from The Cruel Sea, Don Walker from Cold Chisel and guitarist Charlie Owen – will be performing on the back of their third album, You Don’t Know Lonely, released this year.

Young Indigenous singer, rapper and dancer Baker Boy (known in Arnhem Land as the “fresh new prince”), NSW-based men’s choir Dustyesky (which performs Russian folk songs), hip-hop collaboration Remi x Sampa (Remi Kolawole and Sampa The Great), Mama Kin’s new project Mama Kin Spender and Hiatus Kaiyote’s Nai Palm are among other Australian acts bound for Botanic Park.

Previously announced WOMADelaide 2018 highlights include “Queen of the sitar” Anoushka Shankar, Mali desert blues group Tinariwen, US saxophonist Kamasi Washington, producer Mista Savona’s Havana Meets Kingston project, and Australian acts The Avalanches and Dan Sultan

The full line-up announced today is:

a Bit na Ta – PNG/Australia
Abbey Howlett (Adelaide – Electrolounge) – Australia
Ackroyd & Harvey (visual artists) – UK
Baker Boy – Australia
Bashka – Turkey/Australia
Bedouine – USA/Syria
Cie Bivouac – Erica’s Dream (Circus) – France
Blick Bassy – France/Cameroon
Constantinople & Ablaye Cissoko – Canada/Iran/Senegal
Deborah Conway – Australia
Didirri – Australia
DJ Marky – Brazil
Dustyesky – Australia
Elephant Sessions – Scotland
Eva Quartet – Bulgaria
Francois Knoetze (site performance) – South Africa
Ghada Shbeir – Lebanon
Gogol Bordello – USA
Hana & Jessie-Lee’s Bad Habits (Adelaide) – Australia
Hartway (Adelaide – Electrolounge) – Australia
Hat Fitz and Cara – Ireland/Australia
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – USA
JAZZ Party – Australia
Jojo Abot – Ghana
Justine Clarke (KidZone) – Australia
Kings & Associates (Adelaide) – Australia
Lonelyspeck (Adelaide – Electrolounge) – Australia
Lura – Cape Verde
Mama Kin Spender – Australia
Mission Songs Project – Australia
Moussa Diakite & Wassado – Mali/Australia
My Bubba – Sweden/Iceland
Nai Palm – Australia
Nano Stern – Chile
Naomi Keyte (Adelaide) – Australia
Nature Village (KidZone) – Australia
Nickodemus (DJ set) – USA
Peanut Butter Wolf (DJ set) – USA
Cie Pernette – Commandeau (Dance – site performance) – France
The Pin (live panel discussion with Remi x Sampa & N’Fa Jones, ex 1200 Techniques) – Australia
POW! Negro – Australia
Rajab Suleiman & Kithara – Zanzibar
Remi x Sampa – Australia
Robyn Davidson (author, Tracks and Desert Places) in Conversation with Roysten Abel (director, The Manganiyar Seduction)
San Lazaro – Australia
Soul Capoeira (Adelaide – workshop) – Australia
Tank and The Bangas – USA
TAO Dance Theater – China
Tex, Don & Charlie – Australia
Thundercat – USA
Tim Whitt (Adelaide – Electrolounge) – Australia
Victoria Hanna – Israel
Yellow Blue Bus (Adelaide) – Australia
YID! – Australia

They join the 21 artists already announced:

Adrian Sherwood – UK
Anoushka Shankar – India/UK
Architects of Air “Arboria” – UK
The Avalanches – Australia
Bixiga 70 – Brazil
Chico Trujillo – Chile
Dan Sultan – Australia
Daymé Arocena – Cuba
Gratte Ciel – Place des Anges – France
Havana Meets Kingston – Cuba/Jamaica
Kamasi Washington – USA
Le Vent du Nord – Canada
The Manganiyar Seduction – India
Noura Mint Seymali – Mauritania
Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band – Ghana
Rahim Alhaj Trio – Iraq
Rodrigo y Gabriela – Mexico
Thievery Corporation – USA
Tinariwen – Mali
Violons Barbares – France/Mongolia/Bulgaria
Yirrmal & the Miliyawutj Band – Australia

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