It’s that time of year already – WOMADelaide has announced their first lineup reveal for 2019.
Returning to Adelaide’s Botanic Park from March 8-1, WOMADelaide has revealed the first 19 groups on the bill.
Headlining is three-time Grammy winner Angelique Kidjo, with the Australian premiere of her re-imagining of Talking Heads’ 1980s classic Remain in Light, an album heavily influenced by West Africa’s Afrobeat.
Australia’s John Butler Trio will also return to WOMADelaide after 11 years to premiere their aptly-named new album, Home.
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.
From Central Australia, the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir will be singing centuries-old German hymns in Western Arrarnta and Pitjantjatjara, the two living languages of the NT and SA. Plus the Taiwu Ancient Ballads Troupe, a children’s choir of 18 will perform the traditional indigenous songs of Taiwan’s Paiwan villages.
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. Thai-flavoured psychedelic grooves of Texan trio Khruangbin, who will also make their Australian debut.
Adding to WOMADelaide’s Grammy winning artists will be international supergroup Silkroad Ensemble, comprising musicians from over 20 countries and founded by cellist Yo Yo Ma. And 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.
You can see all 19 artists announced at womadelaide.com.au.
The full WOMADelaide 2019 lineup will be announced in November.
WOMADelaide 2019 is on March 8-11 in Botanic Park. For all the details, see womadelaide.com.au.