Preview: WOMAD Festival @ Charlton Park (Wiltshire; Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th July 2018)

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No need to book your travels for the summer, let them come to you! WOMAD music festival is one of the most exciting parties this year. Travelling the world through live music in four days, it is a unique chance to discover an eclectic range of the most talented acts from across the globe. With a loyal following, this fiesta brings together a community of world music lovers that come back every year.

The 2018 line-up consists of many brilliant and explosive acts and mixes afro-pop, Saharan blues, Caribbean, folk, jazz, DnB with flavours of world fusion

Headlining the festival are iconic Malian stars Amadou & Mariam, who bring their own brand of Afro-blues. The iconic couple met and married at Mali’s only school for the blind and have been playing music together since the eighties. With a disco-esque funky backbone to their music, they also experiment with full sensory performances, taking you into the depths of their world.

Havana Meets Kingston directed by Mista Savona will be melting Cuban sounds against the vibrations of the Jamaican sound system culture. Bringing together some of the top musicians from Cuba, this is a collaboration that will warm up the carnival spirit, lighting the soles of your feet.

As with a number of the acts, for Thievery Corporation this will be their only performance in the UK this season. An electronic band from the US, they are heavily influenced by their love of Brazilian culture. Their music sound combines dub, bossa nova and jazz with heavy electronica.

Other exceptional acts on the bill include Ezra Collective, a jungle-jazz fusion, Camille, French pop star with pulsing tribal energy, DnB DJ Goldie, world music professor Gilles Peterson and Gaye Su Akyol and her flavours of psychedelic Turkish rock.

So, put away your passport, grab your wellies and be ready to indulge in some of the best music the world has to offer.

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