First Round Of WOMAdelaide Artists Announced

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The 25th anniversary of Adelaide's World of Music, Arts and Dance Festival is fast approaching, and the first load of artists has dropped today.

After putting out a number of international hits and hitting the 40 year anniversary of their inception, The Specials will return to Australia to bless music-lovers with songs like 'Ghost Town' and 'A Message'.

Joining them is one of the world's most successful Brazilian artists, Grammy-nominated Bebel Gilberto. She'll give the festival a hint of spice with her electronic twists on laid-back sounds.

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On the performance side of things, Cie Carabosse are returning for their fourth WOMAdelaide creation: a nightly fire installation in Frome Park called 'The Exodus Of Forgotten Peoples'. It explores global migration and mixes fire, video projections and performance.

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The 21 artists announced today are below.

WOMADelaide First Line-Up

9Bach (Wales)
Ana Tijoux (Chile)

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Archie Roach (Australia)
Bebel Gilberto (Brazil)
Brushy One String (Jamaica)
Cie Carabosse (France)
The East Pointers (Canada)
Gawurra (Australia)
Hanoi Masters (Vietnam)
Inna Modja (Mali)

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La Mambanegra (Colombia)
The Manganiyar Classroom (India)
Mercedes Peón (Spain)
Philip Glass Ensemble KOYAANISQATSI Live – Life out of Balance (USA)
Sinkane (Sudan/USA)

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The Soil (South Africa)
The Specials (UK)
Sudha Ragunathan (India)
The Waifs (Australia)

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Warsaw Village Band (Poland)
Xylouris White (Greece/Australia)

WOMAdelaide takes place at Botanic Park from 10-13 March 2017.

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