Liz Phair has been added to 2019 WOMADelaide line-up.
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.
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.
5AngryMen Adrian Eagle Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet Amaru Tribe Arrived The Bamboos Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino Compagnie BiLBoBaSSo 'Amor' Cool Out Sun The Correspondents Dangerous Song & Bukhu Danny Krivit (DJ set) DJ Harvey DJ SAMA' Digital Afrika DuOud Ephemeral City Fatoumata Diawara Gwenno Harts Janis Claxton Dance Jason Heerah & Otentik Groove Kaiit LaBrassBanda Leftfield (DJ set) Le Phun - 'The Leafies' (Les Pheuillus) Liz Phair Lord Echo Maalem Hamid El Kasri Maarja Nuut & Ruum The Maes Mambali Marrugeku 'Le Dernier Appel (The Last Cry)' Mojo Juju My Baby Ollie English The Original Gypsies Punctum's Public Cooling House Rebetien The Seven Ups Shantel & Bucovina Club Orkestar Sona Jobarteh Tara Tiba Thando Thelma Plum Timberwolf Ukulele Death Squad Yohai Cohen Quintet Zephyr Quartet
2019 WOMADealaide 1st Line-up
Amjad Ali Khan with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Angelique Kidjo Baloji BCUC Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir Christine and The Queens The Colour of Time by Artonik Dona Onete Jamie Smith’s MABON John Butler Trio Julia Jacklin Khruangbin La Dame Blanche Las Cafeteras Yo, Carmen by María Pagés Compañía Sharon Shannon Band Silkroad Ensemble Taiwu Ancient Ballads Troupe TEEKS Tkay Maidza