The final acts have been confirmed for this year’s World of Music, Arts and Dance festival, held annually in Charlton Park, Wiltshire. A day-by-day schedule of performances was also revealed this week, so festival-goers know when to catch their favourite artists over the long weekend of eclectic music from across the globe.
Acclaimed Senegalese afro-cuban group Orchestra Baobab will headline on Thursday night, fresh from the release of their album ‘Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng’ which saw them introduce traditional west-African kora playing for the first time.
Combining a heavy rock aesthetic with world music influences, Goat will perform on Friday in support of their genre-defying album ‘Requiem’, which appeared last year. Traditional Madagascan group Toko Telo will also bring their popular mix of guitar, accordion and vocals for a slot on Friday.
The rising star of British hip-hop Loyle Carner joins the line-up following tours which have seen him sharing the bill with the likes of Joey Bada$$, Kate Tempest and Nas. The 22 year old will join a Saturday night line-up which already boasts an appearance from legendary reggae group Toots and the Maytals.
Brazillian singer-songwriter Seu Jorge will also bring his distinctive fusion of samba, pop and soul on Saturday night. Coming to fame as an actor in the film City of God, Jorge also appeared in Wes Anderson’s 2004 movie The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou performing David Bowie’s ‘Starman’ and ‘Life on Mars’ in Portuguese.
Sunday will see performances from Benjamin Zephaniah & The Revolutionary Minds, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Nick Mulvey.
Other artists appearing across the weekend are Nigerien desert blues star Bombino, Squarepusher sideproject Shobaleader One, and Jamaican reggae veterans Inna de Yard.
WOMAD will be held on the 27th to the 30th of July. Tickets are on sale now from the WOMAD website.