WOMADelaide have produced another stunning round of artist announcements today, with a further 49 acts (across 25 nationalities) added to the 2019 programme including The Original Gypsies (featuring key founding members of legendary '80s group, The Gipsy Kings).
Reunited after more than 20 years, The Original Gypsies' fiery rumbas and furious flamenco will ignite hearts and feet.
One of the leaders of the '90s grunge movement and major influence for future voices (particularly women), American Liz Phair will celebrate the 25th anniversary of her seminal debut studio album, 'Exile In Guyville', as she returns down under.
One of the biggest names in modern African music; actress and social activist Fatoumata Diawara brings her new album 'Fenfo' to WOMADelaide. The artist from Mali also features on Disclousue's new song 'Ultimatum'.
Fans of string instruments will be in for a treat with a slew of artists headed to WOMADelade next year; from Amjad Ali Khan and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (announced last month) to violinist and loop artist Maarja Nut & Ruum.
The line-up also includes the internationally renowned jazz harpist, Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet and the first female Kora virtuoso to come from a West African Griot family, Sona Jobarteh.
On the flip, electronic rockers DuOud combine their love of the oud with the latest in technology, and one of Australia's most lateral thinking and inventive ensembles, Adelaide's own Zephyr Quartet will take the stage.
Click here to read the first 2019 WOMADelaide artist announce.
Then there is the pioneer of Balkan clubbing, Shantel & Bucovina Club Orkestar who will perform in Australia for the first time.
The DJ line-up includes stalwarts Leftfield and DJ Harvey from the UK, American Danny Krivit and DJ SAMA’, a young woman known as Palestine's first DJ and electronic music producer.
Another first for WOMADelaide will be the appearance of Hamid El Kasri, the first Moroccan artist to grace the Botanic Park stage.
"Only in Adelaide and only at WOMADelaide can audiences experience the sights, sounds and delights of cultures from over 40 countries presented by over 600 artists across 69 groups in 1 amazing weekend, which also demonstrates why Adelaide is Australia’s only UNESCO City of Music," WOMADelaide Director, Ian Scobie says.
On the Aussie front, Mojo Juju returns to WOMADelaide after three years, while Zimbabwean-born, Melbourne-based soul singer Thando, folk star Thelma Plum and the bold hip hop style of Kaiit lead the lady power charge.
Marrugeku's latest dance production, 'Le Dernier Appel (The Last Cry)', featuring a cast from Australia and New Caledonia, explores the challenges of colonisation alongside a throbbing soundtrack by artists including Ngaiire.
Off stage, the site performance and installation artists will include Olivier Grossetête 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' combines theatre, dance and pyrotechnics, transforming one couple's turbulent pathways in love into a stunning, fiery finale.
And Le Phun bring The Leafies (Les Pheuillus) - ephemeral human figures made of autumn leaves - to Botanic Park to reflect the spirit of nature as they mysteriously populate the park.
WOMADelaide 2019 will be held 8-11 March in Botanic Park (Adelaide). Tickets are on sale now; click here for more information.
2019 WOMADealide 2nd Line-up
Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet
Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino
Compagnie BiLBoBaSSo 'Amor'
Cool Out Sun
Dangerous Song & Bukhu
Danny Krivit (DJ set)
Janis Claxton Dance
Jason Heerah & Otentik Groove
Leftfield (DJ set)
Le Phun - 'The Leafies' (Les Pheuillus)
Maalem Hamid El Kasri
Maarja Nuut & Ruum
Marrugeku 'Le Dernier Appel (The Last Cry)'
The Original Gypsies
Punctum's Public Cooling House
The Seven Ups
Shantel & Bucovina Club Orkestar
Ukulele Death Squad
Yohai Cohen Quintet
2019 WOMADealaide 1st Line-upAmjad Ali Khan with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir
Christine and The Queens
The Colour of Time by Artonik
Jamie Smith’s MABON
John Butler Trio
La Dame Blanche
Yo, Carmen by María Pagés Compañía
Sharon Shannon Band
Taiwu Ancient Ballads Troupe