Eight-Time Grammy Winner Ziggy Marley Leads WOMAD 2020 Full Program Announcement

WOMADelaide has released the final 50 artists to complete its 2020 artistic program, bound for Adelaide’s Botanic Park from 6–9 March.

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Led by the exclusive Australian show from eight-time Grammy winner Ziggy Marley, WOMADelaide has released the final 50 artists to complete its 2020 artistic program, bound for Adelaide’s Botanic Park from 6–9 March. 

From his early immersion in the music industry, as he sat in on recording sessions with his father, reggae legend Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley has gone on to release eight records with The Melody Makers and seven solo albums, four of which debuted at #1 on the Billboard  Reggae Album Charts. Amongst his many awards is a Grammy for Best Children’s Album for his first children’s album Family Time in 2009 and a daytime Emmy for his track I Love You Too, which shares its title with his 2012 debut children’s book.

Joining Marley is the darling of modern folk, singer-songwriter Laura Marling from the UK. Winner of the 2011 Brit Awards for Best British Female Solo Artist and Best New Artist at the 2011 NME awards, Marling has gone on to release seven studio albums.  Her maiden performance at WOMADelaide will be a stripped-back solo set.

Also announced today is ‘the King of Samba Rock’, Jorge Ben Jor. One of the biggest stars of Brazilian music, Jorge Ben Jor became a global sensation in 1963, with the release of his first album and the smash hit Mas Que Nada. His smooth and distinctive mix of samba with Bossa nova, funk, pop and rock placed him at the forefront of the ‘jovem guarda’ (young guard) and ‘tropicalia’ (tropical-psychedelia) movements.  

Also included is Australia’s acclaimed Kate Miller-Heidke who effortlessly glides between the worlds of contemporary pop, folk and opera and PNG/AUS force of nature, Ngaiire whose striking live shows fuse fashion, art and music.  Venezuela’sLos Amigos Invisibles, celebrated for their explosive live shows with their acid jazz, cheeky disco-funk and Latin grooves, return after a decade.  

UK MC General Levy, best known for his defining drum n bass hit Incredible and work with Shaggy, Desmond Dekker and Sly & Robbie, brings his staccato vocals and creative twists through jungle, ragga and calypso and, leading the late-night DJ sessions are techno producer Misstress Barbara (Italy/Canada) and disco/electro maestro Greg Wilson (UK) whose careers have seen them play almost every major music festival worldwide.  

“WOMADelaide plays host to an incredible program of traditional and contemporary music, arts and dance from around the world,” said WOMADelaide Director, Ian Scobie.

“Being able to bring together such diverse artforms – from spiritual and trance music to folk and funk music, contemporary dance and theatrical site performances and circus – in the space of only four days, in such a beautiful environment, is what keeps this festival so vibrant.  It is a one-of-a-kind event and our 21st edition is no exception.”

ARTISTS ANNOUNCED TODAY:

  • Artefactum (Spain) **
  • Briggs (AUS) 
  • Company Archibald Caramantran (France)
  • Craig Walsh – MONUMENTS (AUS)
  • Deline Briscoe (AUS)
  • Destyn Maloya (Réunion)
  • Dr Piffle & the Burlap Band (Adelaide, AUS)
  • Dyson Stringer Cloher (AUS)
  • Echo Drama (AUS)
  • Floating Flowers – B. DANCE (Taiwan)
  • Flor de Toloache (Mexico/USA)
  • Foco alAire – LosTheULTRAMAR (Mexico)
  • Gelareh Pour’s Garden (Iran/AUS)
  • General Levy (UK)
  • Gravity & Other Myths – A Simple Space (AUS) 
  • Greg Wilson (UK) – DJ set
  • Iberi (Georgia)
  • Ifriqiyya Electrique (Maghreb/Europe)
  • Jorge Ben Jor (Brazil)
  • Kate Miller-Heidke (AUS)
  • Kathryn Joseph (UK)
  • KermesZ à l’Est (Belgium)
  • Kim So Ra (South Korea)
  • King Ayisoba (Ghana)
  • Late Nite Tuff Guy (AUS) – DJ set
  • Laura Marling (UK)
  • Los Amigos Invisibles (Venezuela)
  • Luisa Sobral (Portugal)
  • Ziggy Marley (Jamaica)
  • M.O.D (AUS) 
  • Marina Satti & Fonés (Greece/Sudan)
  • Maubere Timor (East Timor)
  • Minyo Crusaders (Japan)
  • Misstress Barbara (Italy/Canada) – DJ set
  • Ngaiire (PNG/AUS)
  • Northern Sound System Live Recording Studio (AUS)
  • Oisima (Adelaide, AUS)
  • Orang Orang Drum Theatre – LanguKu & The Memories (Malaysia)
  • Party Dozen (AUS)
  • RURA (Scotland)
  • SO.Crates (AUS)
  • Stellie (Adelaide, AUS)
  • Super Rats (AUS)
  • Tami Neilson (NZ/Canada)
  • Thandi Phoenix (AUS)
  • The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra (AUS)
  • Themba (South Africa) – DJ set
  • True Vibenation (AUS)
  • Ustad Saami (Pakistan)
  • William Barton & Veronique Serret (AUS)

** The participation of Artefactum (Spain) is made possible with the support of Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), who supports the participation of Spanish music group, Artefactum through the Programme for the Internationalisation of Spanish Culture (PICE), in the framework of the Mobility Grants.

PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED ARTISTS:

  • Aldous Harding (NZ)
  • As the World Tipped – Wired Aerial Theatre (UK)
  • Bill Callahan (USA)
  • The Blind Boys of Alabama (US)
  • The Cat Empire (AUS)
  • Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita (Wales/Senegal)
  • Ezra Collective (UK)
  • Hiatus Kaiyote (AUS)
  • Kikagaku Moyo (Japan)
  • L. Subramaniam (India) 
  • Liniker e os Caramelows (Brazil)
  • Mavis Staples (USA)
  • Sleaford Mods (UK)
  • Odette (AUS)
  • Orquesta Akokán (Cuba)
  • Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi (USA/Italy)
  • Salif Keita (Mali)
  • Spinifex Gum (AUS)
  • Trio da Kali (Mali)
  • Tuuletar (Finland).

WOMADelaide 2020 will be held from 6-9 March in Botanic Park, Adelaide, South Australia.  

For information and tickets visit: www.womadelaide.com.au

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