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Reggae star leads final 2020 WOMADelaide line-up reveal


Ziggy Marley – eight-time Grammy winner and son of reggae legend Bob Marley – leads the final announcement of 2020 WOMADelaide acts, which also features UK folk singer Laura Marling and Australia’s Kate Miller-Heidke and rapper Briggs.

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The 50 acts announced today for the March 6-9 festival in Botanic Park follow 20 revealed last month, including Grammy-winning American R&B and gospel legend Mavis Staples, the ‘golden voice of Africa’ Salif Keita and Australian party band The Cat Empire.

Jamaican musician Ziggy Marley has made a name for himself as a leading reggae artist in his own right, releasing eight records with his band The Melody Makers, including breakthrough album Conscious Party in 1988. He has also recorded seven solo albums, the most recent being 2018’s Rebellion Rises.

Marling, winner of the 2011 Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist, will present a stripped-back solo set for her debut WOMADelaide performance.

Other artists announced today include Brazil’s Jorge Ben Jor, aka “the King of Samba Rock”; Venezuelan disco/acid jazz/funk/Latin band Los Amigos Invisibles, said to be renowned for their explosive live shows; UK MC General Levy, and DJs Misstress Barbara (Italy/Canada) and Greg Wilson (UK).

Leading didgeridoo player and composer William Barton will perform new music with violinist Veronique Serret and his mother, singer-songwriter Delmae Barton, while Kate Miller-Heidke – who features in a virtual-reality installation that will be part of next year’s Adelaide Festival – will also take to the WOMADelaide stage.

William Barton with Veronique Serret and Delmae Barton. Photo: Keith Saunders

Other Australians added to the line-up include Yorta Yorta rapper Briggs (of the duo AB Original), the singer-songwriting trio Dyson Stringer Cloher (Mia Dyson, Liz Stringer and Jen Cloher), circus company Gravity & Other Myths, Papua New Guinea-born Australian R&B and future soul singer Ngaiire, and Adelaide’s Oisima and Dr Piffle & the Burlap Band.

Also announced today are:

Artefactum (Spain)
Company Archibald Caramantran (France)
Craig Walsh – MONUMENTS (AUS)
Deline Briscoe (AUS)
Destyn Maloya (Réunion)
Echo Drama (AUS)
Floating Flowers – B. DANCE (Taiwan)
Flor de Toloache (Mexico/USA)
Foco alAire – LosTheULTRAMAR (Mexico)
Gelareh Pour’s Garden (Iran/AUS)
Iberi (Georgia)
Ifriqiyya Electrique (Maghreb/Europe)
Kathryn Joseph (UK)
KermesZ à l’Est (Belgium)
Kim So Ra (South Korea)
King Ayisoba (Ghana)
Late Nite Tuff Guy (AUS) – DJ set
Luisa Sobral (Portugal)
Marina Satti & Fonés (Greece/Sudan)
Maubere Timor (East Timor)
Minyo Crusaders (Japan)
Northern Sound System Live Recording Studio (AUS)
Orang Orang Drum Theatre – LanguKu & The Memories (Malaysia)
Party Dozen (AUS)
RURA (Scotland)
SO.Crates (AUS)
Stellie (Adelaide, AUS)
Super Rats (AUS)
Tami Neilson (NZ/Canada)
Thandi Phoenix (AUS)
The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra (AUS)
Themba (South Africa) – DJ set
True Vibenation (AUS)
Ustad Saami (Pakistan)

Details of the full 2020 WOMADelaide line-up can be found here.

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