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.
Bebel Gilberto - Image © Vincent de Paulo
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.
Cie Carabosse - Image © Vincent Muteau
The 21 artists announced today are below.
WOMADelaide First Line-Up9Bach (Wales)
Ana Tijoux (Chile)
Archie Roach (Australia)
Bebel Gilberto (Brazil)
Brushy One String (Jamaica)
Cie Carabosse (France)
The East Pointers (Canada)
Hanoi Masters (Vietnam)
Inna Modja (Mali)
La Mambanegra (Colombia)
The Manganiyar Classroom (India)
Mercedes Peón (Spain)
Philip Glass Ensemble KOYAANISQATSI Live – Life out of Balance (USA)
The Manganiyar Classroom
The Soil (South Africa)
The Specials (UK)
Sudha Ragunathan (India)
The Waifs (Australia)
The Waifs - Image © Jarrad Seng
Warsaw Village Band (Poland)
Xylouris White (Greece/Australia)