Over the March long weekend in Adelaide, WOMADelaide returns again to the green oasis of Adelaide’s stunning Botanic Park. WOMADelaide is one of Australia’s iconic festivals and is an award-winning celebration of the very best of the World of Music, Arts & Dance.
Returning to Adelaide’s Botanic Park from 8-11 March 2019, WOMADelaide has announced the first 19 extraordinary groups from 14 countries of its 2019 line-up.
The first 20 artists announced who are coming to WOMADelaide 2019 are:
- Amjad Ali Khan & The Aso
- Angélique Kidjo
- Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir
- Christine and The Queens
- The Colour Of Time – by Cie Artonik
- Dona Onete
- Jamie Smith’s Mabon
- John Butler Trio
- Julia Jacklin
- La Dame Blanche
- Las Cafeteras
- Yo, Carmen – María Pagés Compañía
- Sharon Shannon Band
- Silkroad Ensemble
- Taiwu Ancient Ballads Troupe
- Tkay Maidza
Visit the WOMADelaide 2019 website for more updates and the WOMADelaide 2019 day schedule
There are many more still to come but here is a little taste of the line up so far:
The announcement is led by the extraordinary three-time Grammy winner Angelique Kidjo, with the Australian premiere of her full-circle re-imagining of Talking Heads’ 1980s classic, Remain in Light, an album heavily influenced by West Africa’s Afrobeat.
Complementing this will be BCUC (Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness), a band turning the page on the next generation of musicians from South Africa’s Soweto, a place that has always been a hotbed of ingenuity. Their rebellious ‘Afropsychedelic’ energy will make for a stark contrast with the cinematic, Thai-flavoured psychedelic grooves of Texan trio Khruangbin, who will also make their Australian debut.
French pop icon Christine and the Queens will perform on the opening night of the 2019 festival on Friday 8 March (International Women’s Day) as part of her first ever tour to Australia. Critically acclaimed, Christine and The Queens was nominated for Best International Female Solo Artist at the 2017 UK BRIT Awards alongside Beyoncé, Solange, and SIA. Since she first burst onto the scene in 2014, Héloïse Letissier (aka Christine and The Queens) has been a bold force of bravado and artistry, using pop music as “a Trojan horse” to ask complex questions of gender and sexuality over pulsating synth-pop beats. Released in 2014, Christine’s debut album, ‘CHALEUR HUMAINE’, sold over 1.3 million copies and since then, she has appeared in instantly classic live TV performances on Later with Jools Holland, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and the Graham Norton Show, as well as being a highlight of the world’s biggest festivals including Glastonbury, Coachella, and Pukkelpop.
Australia’s John Butler Trio will return to WOMADelaide after 11 years to premiere their aptly-named and stunning new album, Home; while from Central Australia and singing centuries-old German hymns in Western Arrarnta and Pitjantjatjara, the two living languages of the NT and SA, is the immensely powerful 35-strong Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir. Expanding upon this collective vocal journey the Taiwu Ancient Ballads Troupe, a children’s choir of 18 exquisite voices will perform the traditional indigenous songs of Taiwan’s Paiwan villages.
Adding to WOMADelaide’s list of Grammy winning artists is international supergroup Silkroad Ensemble, comprising musicians from over 20 countries and founded by cellist Yo Yo Ma. Acclaimed as “one of the 21st Century’s great ensembles” (Vancouver Sun) they draw on a rich tapestry of tradition, converging centuries, continents and cultures. Yet another Grammy winner, virtuoso and master of the sarod, India’s acclaimed Amjad Ali Khan, will give two special performances; his Samaagam concerto with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and a performance of classical Indian repertoire accompanied by his sons Ayaan and Amaan.
Daughter of Jesus ‘Aguaje’ Ramos (trombonist and Musical Director of the Buena Vista Social Club), the Cuban vocalist, flautist and percussionist, La Dame Blanche has carved out her own musical identity that’s an explosive mix of Cumbia, dancehall, reggae and hip-hop. While Adelaide’s own rising hip-hop star Tkay Maidza will grace the WOMADelaide stages for the first time, following the release of her second album and her biggest year of international touring to date.
There will also be the irresistible celebration of unity & diversity that is Artonik’s homage to India’s Holi festival, The Colour of Time. This joyous, processional kaleidoscope of dance, music and colour returns to WOMADelaide after four years of international touring. We absolutely loved this last time and have been hoping it would return. Our wishes have been granted!
For more about what WOMADelaide is like for families, check out our review of WOMADelaide 2017
For more information please visit the WOMADelaide website and Facebook page.
What: WOMADelaide 2019
When: Friday 8 – Monday 11 March 2019
Where: Botanic Park | Frome Rd, Adelaide
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