Full Lineup For WOMADelaide 2019 Released

Just this morning, more than 40 sensational new acts from over 25 countries were added to WOMADelaide’s already strong 2019 festival line-up today.

The closer we draw to the new year, the more excited we get about what it brings – and it’s bringing WOMADelaide with a huge variety of talented artists to delight our ears!

Just this morning, more than 40 sensational new acts from over 25 countries were added to WOMADelaide’s already strong 2019 festival line-up today.

Leading the charge – The Original Gypsies (France), featuring key founding members of legendary 80s group, The Gipsy Kings. Reunited after more than 20 years, their fiery rumbas and furious flamenco will ignite hearts and feet, as they perform their much-loved songs.

Joining them will be one of the biggest names in modern African music; actress and social activist Fatoumata Diawara (Mali). In 2018 she took her artistry to thrilling heights on her album “Fenfo”, featuring on Disclosure’s new song “Ultimatum” and making the cover of Songlines magazine.

Other international artists announced today include the first ever Moroccan artist to play WOMADelaide, the Gnawa music and Guembri (lute) master, Hamid El Kasri. The DJ lineup includes stalwarts Leftfield and DJ Harvey from the UK, Danny Krivit (USA) and DJ SAMA’, a young woman known as Palestine’s first DJ and electronic music producer.

Marrugeku’s latest dance production, “Le Dernier Appel (The Last Cry)”, featuring a cast from Australia and New Caledonia, exploresthe challenges of colonisation to athrobbing soundtrack by artists including Australia’s Ngaiire.

The Australian talent in the program is as rich as ever. Mojo Juju returns to WOMADelaide after three years, with her new album “Native Tongue” seeing her nominated for three ARIA Awards and three The Age Music Victoria Awards. Bringing her brand of sophisticated folk music is Thelma Plum and enchanting audiences with her honeyed vocals, fierce rhymes and bold style, comes 20-year-old Kaiit.

Thelma Plum

Offstage, the site performance & installation artists will include Olivier Grossetête (France) who creates collaborative monumental constructions with Ephemeral City. A colossal cardboard archway, towering at over 20 metres, will take shape across the festival weekend with the help of students from the new Adelaide Botanic High School and WOMADelaide audiences.

Compagnie BiLBoBaSSo’s “Amor” (France) combines theatre, dance and pyrotechnics, transforming one couple’s turbulent pathways in love into a stunning, fiery finale.  And Le Phun (France) bring The Leafies (LesPheuillus) – ephemeral human figures made of autumn leaves – to Botanic Park to reflect the spirit of nature as they mysteriously populate the park.

Compagnie BiLBoBaSSo’s AMOR

The full list of 49 artists announced today is:

  1. 5AngryMen -“TheBells”  – Australia
  2. Adrian Eagle – Australia
  3. Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet – Poland/UK
  4. Amaru Tribe – Australia
  5. “Arrived”– Spain/Lithuania
  6. The Bamboos – Australia
  7. Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino – Italy
  8. Compagnie BiLBoBaSSo”Amor”  –France
  9. Cool Out Sun – Australia
  10. The Correspondents – UK
  11. Dangerous Song & Bukhu – Australia/Mongolia
  12. Danny Krivit (DJ set) – USA
  13. DJ Harvey – UK
  14. DJ SAMA’ – Palestine
  15. Digital Afrika – Australia
  16. DuOud – Tunisia/Algeria
  17. Ephemeral City  – France
  18. Fatoumata Diawara – Mali
  19. Gwenno – Wales
  20. Harts – Australia
  21. Janis Claxton Dance – “POP-UPDUETS (fragments of love)”  – UK
  22. Jason Heerah & OtentikGroove – Mauritius
  23. Kaiit – Australia/PNG
  24. LaBrassBanda – Germany
  25. Leftfield (DJ set) – UK
  26. Le Phun – “The Leafies”(Les Pheuillus) – France
  27. Liz Phair – USA
  28. Lord Echo – NZ
  29. Maalem Hamid El Kasri – Morocco
  30. Maarja Nuut & Ruum – Estonia
  31. The Maes – Australia
  32. Mambali – Australia
  33. Marrugeku “Le DernierAppel (The Last Cry)” – Australia/New Caledonia
  34. Mojo Juju – Australia/Philippines
  35. My Baby – Netherlands/NZ
  36. Ollie English (Adelaide) – Australia
  37. The Original Gypsies – France
  38. Punctum’s Public Cooling House – Australia
  39. Rebetien – Greece
  40. The Seven Ups – Australia
  41. Shantel & Bucovina ClubOrkestar – Romania/Germany
  42. Sona Jobarteh – The Gambia
  43. Tara Tiba – Iran/Cuba­­­
  44. Thando – Australia/Zimbabwe
  45. Thelma Plum – Australia
  46. Timberwolf (Adelaide) – Australia
  47. Ukulele Death Squad (Adelaide) – Australia
  48. Yohai Cohen Quintet – Israel/Australia
  49. Zephyr Quartet (Adelaide) – Australia

Artists already announced:

  • Amjad Ali Khan with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra – India/Australia
  • Angelique Kidjo – Benin
  • Baloji – DR Congo/Belgium
  • BCUC – South Africa
  • Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir – Australia
  • Christine and The Queens – France
  • The Colour of Time by Artonik- France
  • Dona Onete – Brazil
  • Jamie Smith’s MABON – Wales
  • John Butler Trio – Australia
  • Julia Jacklin – Australia
  • Khruangbin – USA
  • La Dame Blanche – Cuba
  • Las Cafeteras – USA
  • Yo, Carmen by María Pagés Compañía – Spain
  • Sharon Shannon Band – Ireland
  • Silkroad Ensemble – various
  • Taiwu Ancient Ballads Troupe – Taiwan
  • TEEKS– New Zealand
  • Tkay Maidza – Australia

WOMADelaide is held from 8 to 11 March 2019 in the Botanic Park. To grab yourself tickets to see any one of these amazing artists, head to www.womadelaide.com.au.

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