With WOMADelaide just around the corner (11 – 14 March 2016 to be precise) we've decided to compile a shortlist of some world music talents you may or may not have already heard of. Nevertheless, they are definitely musicians who are not to be missed!
WOMADelaide is the annual music, dance and arts festival held in Adelaide, Australia.
It’s part of the WOMAD series which was founded by legendary singer-songwriter/musician Peter Gabriel. It’s unique due to its heavy focus on developing an understanding of cultures across the world. WOMAD also provides invaluable knowledge on how to create a sustainable relationship with the planet thanks to its bountiful list of guest speakers which include Canadian academic David Suzuki.
This year’s edition of WOMADelaide has arranged a delectable tasting platter of genres in terms of music. Stretching from all corners of the globe. Our top picks include:
1. Angélique Kidjo & The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
Having come from a recent Grammy win with her most recent album Sings, Angélique continues her momentum this time round featuring the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
The Indian slide guitar maestro will treat Australians once more to an intriguing and captivating experience.
3.Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
Taking over the reigns from the late, great Fela Kuti is Seun Kuti.
Fela Kuti’s youngest son Seun is an electrifying alto sax player who also fronts the colourful performances of the legendary Egypt 80. It’s more than just music, it’s political, it’s upbeat, it’s Afrobeat.
4.TEK TEK Ensemble
TEK TEK Ensemble hail from Melbourne, Australia. Despite being locals expect to hear a unique sound that is created by a broad range of instruments. TEK TEK Ensemble who best put it themselves are inspired by ‘tropical jungles, late night Balkan weddings, 1960s chic, and shamanistic desert rituals’
Legendary Indian singer Asha Bhosle has been recording since the late 1940s, from bhajans to pop songs let Asha’s amazing voice transport you to the set of a Bollywood film (there’s a good chance she sang on the film you think of).
One of a kind rock band Tulegur’s blend of Chinese folk, grunge and traditional Khoomei throat singing is an audio collage that leaves you speechless as to how singer/guitarist Gangzi can create and hit tones that you never knew existed.
Sister duo Naomi and Lisa-Kaine Diaz combine minimal instruments into their music but add a lot with their voices. It soothes and stirs emotions, their vocal range is unlike any other and you’ll be left mesmerised.