For the thirty-third year in a row WOMAD will let the world play. From the 23rd to the 26th of July Charlton Park in Wiltshire will entertain hundreds of thousands of world music fans, charming and inspiring their senses.
…And so the musical atlas of WOMAD 2015 begins to take shape as it starts to define its lineup. Artist after artist, band after band and tradition after tradition enter the melting pot that represents the most popular as well as some uncharted world music at one of the most renowned festivals in the world.
If you can tell how something will go by how it begins, the thirty-third edition of the World of Music, Arts and Dance Festival will be glorious as the names already announced are creating some hype amongst its aficionados. Celebrated acts like Tinariwen and Noura Mint Seymali and their dreamy desert blues will share the stages with the Balkan brass fury of Kočani Orkestar and Shantel & Bucovina Club Orckestar. Meanwhile the energetic Latin rhythms of Aurelio and Doña Onete will alternate with the more urban sonorities of De La Soul and Luke Vibert.
Alongside those, numerous other remarkable acts have already joined the early roll call, with musicians from the Tashi Lhunpo Monks of the Tibetan heights to Orquesta Típica Fernández Fierro from the streets of Buenos Aires, and passing through London’s multiethnic soundscape, residence of 47Soul, Lokkhi Terra and Molotov Jukebox.
But of course WOMAD is much more than just music. Other worlds will be represented throughout the four festive days: dance, spoken word, food and wellbeing will all be a part of the cultural circle dance.