The John Butler Trio, international ‘supergroup’ Silkroad Ensemble, singer Angelique Kidjo, Afro-psychedelic band BCUC and Adelaide hip-hop musician Tkay Maidza are among artists announced in the first taste of the 2019 WOMADelaide program.
GALLERY: Around 96,000 people converged at WOMADelaide over the long weekend to see 70 acts including jazz musician Kamasi Washington, sitar player Anoushka Shankar, the mesmerising Manganiyar Seduction and controversial feather-filled aerial show Place des Anges.
WOMADelaide has released the final 40 acts in its 2019 line-up, with highlights including Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara, Australian singer Thelma Plum, and French group The Original Gypsies – featuring members of ’80s band The Gipsy Kings.
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.
A licence extension has guaranteed WOMADelaide’s future until 2024, with renewed State Government funding also enabling confirmation of two big shows for next year – including a French aerial spectacular featuring “flying” angels.
‘Queen of the sitar’ Anoushka Shankar, Mali desert blues group Tinariwen, US saxophonist Kamasi Washington, and Australian acts The Avalanches and Dan Sultan are among the 18 artists in WOMADelaide’s first line-up announcement for 2018.
A swag of 2017 Adelaide Festival shows – including sumptuous centrepiece Saul, an intimate work by Restless Dance Theatre, circus show Backbone and 3D audio experience The Encounter – are vying for gongs at this year’s Helpmann Awards.