Mysterious Swedish fusion band Goat and legendary Senegalese group Orchestra Baobab have joined the lineup for this year’s World of Music, Arts and Dance festival, held annually in Charlton Park, Wiltshire.
Combining a heavy rock aesthetic with eclectic world music influences, Goat will appear in support of their genre-defying album ‘Requiem’, which appeared last year.
Known for their afro-cuban style and classic 1982 album ‘Pirate’s Choice’, Orchestra Baobab will appear on the opening Thursday night of the festival, held on the 27th to the 30th of July.
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Resurrectionists of reggae’s golden age Inna De Yard will also be performing. Headed by guitarist Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith, known for playing with everyone from The Wailers to Jimmy Cliff, the collective will be joined by rocksteady singer Ken Boothe as well as Cedric Myton of the classic roots reggae group The Congos.
The new acts will join acclaimed Nigerian Tuareg guitarist Bombino and Squarepusher’s full-band project Shobaleader One, who were announced earlier this year.
Dub poet Benjamin Zephaniah and South African choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo are also set to make appearances at the festival famously founded by English rock musician Peter Gabriel, now in its thirty-fifth year.
Also among the new wave of artists announced for WOMAD 2017 is the Malian “Songbird of Wassoulou” Oumou Sangaré, folk singer and fiddler Eliza Carthy with her latest project The Wayward Band, and experimental Greek traditionalists Xáos.
Tickets are on sale now from the WOMAD website.