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Rockin’ tango orchestra bound for Botanic Park


Argentinian 12-piece tango ensemble Orquesta Típica Fernández Fierro lead the third and final program announcement for this year’s WOMADelaide, which will include artists from 31 countries.

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Featuring four bandoneóns, three violins, a viola, a cello, a stand-up bass, a piano and a singer, the group has been described by one Argentinian website as “the most rockin’ tango orchestra in Buenos Aires”.

It prides itself on playing a style of tango which is more authentic than that often performed by touring groups – or, as Womad says, “they play tango as it was meant to be; not polished to a fine art, but raw, dirty and passionate”.

The latest international acts announced also include singer-songwriter Toni Childs, who will make her WOMADelaide debut; Bokanté, a newly formed group whose influences come from both “delta and desert” and which is headed up by members of jazz collective Snarky Puppy;  Bamba Wassoulou Groove from Mali; Icelandic techno duo Kiasmos;  Israel’s The Piyut Ensemble, and French street theatre company Cie Ekart.

Director Ian Scobie says the festival’s 25th anniversary line-up for March 10-13 in Botanic Park is “one of the most exciting and diverse programs” the festival has ever presented.

Newly announced Australian performers include ARIA Award winner Montaigne and Adelaide-based musicians Kelly Menhennett, Jesse Davidson, MANE and Aaron Thomas.

Indigenous actor Uncle Jack Charles (Jack Charles v The Crown, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Blackfellas) will join singer Archie Roach in an Artist in Conversation session entitled Healing & Empowerment Through the Arts.

See previous WOMADelaide announcements here.


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