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WOMADelaide unveils expanded 2024 festival lineup adding 38 new artists

Renowned music, arts and dance festival WOMADelaide has expanded its already impressive lineup for 2024, adding 38 new artists to the bill.

WOMADelaide, the renowned celebration of music, arts, and dance in South Australia, has once again expanded its already impressive lineup for the 2024 festival.

Taking place from 8th to 11th March in the beautiful Botanic Park/Tainmuntilla in Adelaide, this year’s event promises to be an unforgettable experience for festivalgoers.

With 38 new artists added to the bill, WOMADelaide continues its tradition of presenting a diverse array of talent from around the world. These newly-announced acts join the previously revealed lineup, which includes the likes of Yussef Dayes, Ziggy Marley, Baaba Maal, and Arooj Aftab.

One of the standout artists added to the roster is Emel Mathlouthi from Tunisia. Her music transcends borders, effortlessly blending experimental, electronic, North-African, and Arabic styles with a cinematic flair. Mathlouthi gained international recognition in 2012 with her powerful protest anthem “Kelmti Horra (My Word is Free),” which became an anthem for the Tunisian Revolution, earning her the title of the voice of the Arab Spring.

English singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae, known for her hit “Put Your Records On,” has been making waves with her latest album, “Black Rainbows.” Described by The Guardian as her best work yet, the album was inspired by a transformative visit to Chicago’s Stony Island Arts Bank, resulting in a majestic collection of songs showcasing her versatility across various music genres.

Hailing from San Diego, Thee Sacred Souls burst onto the scene in 2019, offering timeless, sweet soul music that effortlessly captures the essence of ’60s soul and ’70s groove. Their debut single on the Daptone Records label garnered over ten million streams and caught the attention of notable figures like Gary Clark Jr., The Black Pumas, and Timbaland.

Cymande, a legendary 1970s British band, holds the distinction of being one of the most sampled bands in hip-hop, house, and dance music history. Their unique sound, which they’ve dubbed ‘Nyah-rock,’ fuses influences from their Guyanese and Jamaican roots, incorporating reggae bass lines, Nyabinghi percussion, psychedelic elements, and American-style funk.

The atmospheric trip-hop duo Morcheeba, formed in England in the mid-1990s, continues to impress with their blend of hip-hop, soul, rock, and electronica. SKYE’s captivating vocals have been a defining element of their music, making Morcheeba a household name with hits like “Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day” and “The Sea.”

WOMADelaide’s commitment to cultural diversity extends to its international talent, with acts like Belgian duo Charlotte Adigery & Bolis Pupul offering punchy electro-pop and thought-provoking themes. Réunion’s AURUS brings the traditional Maloya music of the island to life with vibrant African and British pop influences.

Ireland is represented by two exceptional artists—singer-songwriter Lisa O’Neill and instrumentalist Cormac Begley, who deliver a captivating blend of traditional and contemporary songs that reflect both the Irish culture and their personal experiences. Meanwhile, MC Yallah & Debmaster command the stage with conscious, poetic, and experimental rap.

Portuguese fado artist Marta Pereira da Costa transports listeners to another time with her mastery of the guitar. Mari Kalkun, with roots in ancient Estonian and Võru traditions, offers an ethereal combination of folk music and innovative songwriting.

The Australian lineup adds local flavor to the festival, with ARIA award-winner Jen Cloher and the energetic T’HONI kapa haka group. From Arnhem Land, Wildfire Manwurrk brings a unique blend of ancient songlines and rock guitars, while electronic jazz artist Elle Shimada adds an innovative touch. Ethio-jazz fusion band Black Jesus Experience and celebrated Filipino/Wiradjuri artist Mo’Ju further enrich the Australian representation.

In addition to these impressive acts, WOMADelaide will also showcase emerging talent through the WOMADelaide x Northern Sound System (NSS) Academy. This program, presented in collaboration with the City of Playford’s NSS, provides training and development opportunities for young, emerging First Nations and culturally diverse artists. Academy artists Rob Edwards and Sofia Menguita, graduates of this initiative, are set to perform at the festival.

Beyond the music, festivalgoers will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in captivating performances throughout the picturesque Botanic Park. French companies Cie L’Immediat, Compagnie On Off, and Gratte Ciel will astound with their aerial and theatrical performances, while Canadian dance company CORPUS brings movement and humor to the stage. Melbourne’s Born in a Taxi will illuminate the park with their physical theatre ensemble.

Ian Scobie, WOMADelaide Director, expressed his excitement for the upcoming festival, describing it as a thrilling and enriching journey of cultural discovery. Audiences can look forward to experiencing a diverse and surprising lineup of music, arts, and dance from across the globe during one glorious weekend in March.

For more information about WOMADelaide 2024, head here.

A-Z OF ARTISTS ANNOUNCED TODAY:

A. Girl (AUS) 

Al-Qasar (FRANCE/TURKEY/ARMENIA/USA)

AURUS (REUNION)

Black Jesus Experience (ETHIOPIA/AUS)

Born in a Taxi – Illuminated Angels (AUS)

Bromham (AUS)

Bumpy (AUS)

The Cambodian Space Project (CAMBODIA/AUS)

CC:DISCO! (AUS)

Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul (BELGIUM)

Cie L’immédiat – La lévitation réelle (FRANCE)

Compagnie On Off – Le Chant de L’eau (FRANCE)

Corinne Bailey Rae (UK)

CORPUS – Divine Intervention & Les moutons (FRANCE)

Cymande (UK)

Dean Brady (AUS)

Druid Fluids (AUS)

Elle Shimada (AUS)

Emel Mathlouthi (TUNISIA)

Emma Volard (AUS)

Erin Buku (AUS)

The Good Ones (RWANDA)

Jen Cloher + T’HONI (AUS/NZ)

Ju Ben (FIJI)

Katanga Junior (TANZANIA/AUS)

Lisa O’Neill & Cormac Begley (IRELAND)

Mari Kalkun (ESTONIA)

Marta Pereira da Costa (PORTUGAL)

MC Yallah & Debmaster (UGANDA/FRANCE)

Morcheeba (UK)

Rob Edwards (WOMADelaide x NSS Academy/AUS)

RoZéO – Gratte Ciel (FRANCE)

Slowmango (AUS)

Sofia Menguita (WOMADelaide x NSS Academy/AUS)

Tenzin Choegyal (TIBET/AUS)

Thee Sacred Souls (USA)

Wildfire Manwurrk (AUS)

Ziggy Ramo (AUS)

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