WOMADelaide's festival spirit is well and truly alive with another 40 artists-bands added to the 2022 line-up including The Cat Empire (final SA show with original line-up), NZ reggae-funk heavyweights L.A.B. and hip hop super group A.B. Original.
The opening night of WOMADealaide will welcome oud virtuoso Joseph Tawadros AM who'll partner with his brother James Tawadros and a 52-piece Adelaide Symphony Orchestra to perform Joseph's grand, cinematic 'Concerto For Oud And Orchestra'.
There'll be a contingent of international travellers as well, with Brazilian jazz legends Azymuth and Marcos Valle, Grammy nominated Mississippi blues artist Cedric Burnside, and Grammy-winning Guatemala-born, US-based folk singer Gaby Moreno.
The trad-electronic magic of Scottish veterans Elephant Sessions, Māori musician and genre chameleon Troy Kingi, and multi-instrumentalist Tio from Vanuatu will also venture to WOMADelaide 2022.
World-renowned composer-producer-DJ Floating Points (UK) and Grammy-nominated environmentalist and house music DJ Jayda G, alongside NZ DJ Aroha will provide the beats.
"ADELAIDE!!!!!!!! Hello. You have been so patient. Today is your day," begins The Cat Empire. "We are so proud and beyond excited to let you know that we will be walking onto the WOMADelaide stage for the seventh and final time as the original line-up.
"We have had a long and lovely association with this festival both in Australia and overseas, so it feels right to finish up in SA with all of these good people at this uniquely special family-friendly festival.
"We will all be bringing our kids, so pack yours too(!) and fly in from another state if you haven't got your hands on tickets to our final tour yet."
A.B. Original's performance at WOMADealide will be their first since 2020, the duo Briggs and Trials keeping busy writing and recording new material for a sophomore album to 2016 record 'Reclaim Australia'.
Winners of the 2020 Best Roots Artist at the Aotearoa Music Awards, five-piece L.A.B regularly sell-out stadiums back home with their weighty mix of reggae, electronic, blues, funk and rock.
WOMADelaide has partnered with Music In Exile to present South Sudan's King of Music Gordon Koang, Ausecuma Beats and Chikchika; and with Nexus Arts to present ZÖJ, Dhungala Baarka and Farhan Shah & Sufi-Oz.
WOMADelaide x Northern Sound System Academy graduates Sokel, Sonz of Serpent with the Tervete Collective and Elsy Wameyo will also perform.
"Expanding our 30th anniversary line-up with the calibre of artists we are announcing today is hugely exciting," Director Ian Scobie says.
"The diversity of our 2022 line-up and celebrating predominantly Australian artists is exceptional, from Asteroid Ekosystem (Ed Kuepper, Lloyd Swanton & Alistair Spence), Australian hip hop royalty A.B. Original, Farhan Shah & Sufi-Oz and DJ Floating Points, exemplifies the mix of diversity and discovery our audiences have come to love and expect at WOMADelaide."
WOMADelaide 2022 takes place at Botanic Park (Adelaide) 11-14 March.
WOMADelide 2022 Line-up
A.B. Original Adelaide Symphony Orchestra - Silence AROHA (DJ set) Asteroid Ekosystem Ausecuma Beats Australian Art Orchestra - Hand to Earth Azymuth & Marcos Valle Bullhorn Bush Gothic Carla Lippis' Mondo Psycho The Cat Empire (final SA show of the original line-up) Cedric Burnside Chikchika Dhungala Baarka Elephant Sessions Elsy Wameyo The Empty Threats Farhan Shah & Sufi-Oz Floating Points (DJ set) Gaby Moreno Glass Beams Gordon Koang Jayda G (DJ set) Jerome Farah Joseph Tawadros & James Tawadros (duo show) Joseph Tawadros with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Karen Lee Andrews L.A.B. Luluc Makepisi Sokel Sonz of Serpent Springtime Taikoz Te Tangi O Te Ka'ara Tijuana Cartel Tio Troy Kingi Victor Martinez Parada Yé-Yé 2.0 ZÖJ
Who join the already announced:
Baker Boy Balkan Ethno Orchestra Barkaa Courtney Barnett The Crooked Fiddle Band Dancenorth - 'NOISE' Eishan Ensemble El Gran Mono Electric Fields Emma Donovan & The Putbacks Goanna Grace Barbé Haiku Hands High Ace Inner City King Stingray Kutcha Edwards L-FRESH The LION Martinez Akustica Melbourne Ska Orchestra Motez (live) The New Monos Parvyn Paul Kelly Reb Fountain Danse Carpe Diem/Emmanuel Jouthe, Maï(g)wenn et lesOrteils & Restless Dance Theatre - 'Écoute Pour Voir (Listen to See)' The Shaolin Afronauts Sorong Samarai Valanga Khoza YID!