Womad Charlton Park

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Country and Region United KingdomEngland
Type of Festival Dance, Music
Location of Festival Malmesbury, Wiltshire, England UK
Festival Contact Information

Email: info@WOMAD.org

Festival Description

WOMAD stands for World of Music, Arts and Dance, expressing the central aim of the WOMAD festival—to bring together and to celebrate many forms of music, arts and dance drawn from countries and cultures throughout the world. Since 1982, the festival has always been a wonderful and unique occasion to introduce an international audience to many talented artists. As an organisation, WOMAD now works in many different ways, but their aims are always the same—at festivals, performance events, through recorded releases and through educational projects, they seek to excite, to inform, and to create awareness of the worth and potential of a multicultural society. WOMAD has moved from its long-term home in Reading to a larger venue at Charlton Park in Wiltshire.

To raise awareness about renewable energy sources WOMAD festival as part of its greening initiative will arrange for festival-goers to recharge their mobile phones using wind power. The wind-powered turbine will be installed at the festival site.

Festival Dates July 25 - 28, 2013
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Festival Events:

Artist feature 2013:
  • Mokoomba (Zimbabwe)
    • Formed in 2007, Mokoomba is made up of six Zimbabwean dudes, hailing from Victoria Falls. The locals are part of a minority group, which speaks Tonga, different to the nation’s main languages. Yet their music has brought together so many disparate nationalities, in the players and in the songs, that the 2012 LP, Rising Tide, is a very African album.
      Mokoomba create a distinct hybrid of modern and traditional sounds, embracing Latin rhythms along the way. Lead singer Mathias Muzaza was born to Angolan and Zambian parents and gathered together the songs and sounds of southern Africa through his travels. Guitarist Trustworth Samende helps flesh out the music with lines reminiscent of Oliver Mtukudzi. Abundance Matori is on bass, Donald Moyo is on keys, Ndaba Coster Moyo is on drums and Miti Mugande on percussion. All of the players sing backing vocals. It was in 2008 when the group was launched to fame on the back of a stellar performance at the Music Crossroads InterRegional Festival in Malawi. Mokoomba recorded a debut album Kweseka, and undertook a European tour in 2009, to strong notices, necessitating a return in the following year. The celebrated Manou Gallo (The Ivory Coast) produced the album Rising Tide, which made many Best Of 2012 lists. She also played keyboards and brought in more than a dozen guest musos. The challenge for the members of Mokoomba now is to maintain their energy and a true band sound, without being too influenced by outsiders.
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Lineup 2013:
  • Gilberto Gil
  • Alice Russell
  • Rokia Traore
  • David Rodigan
  • Asif Ali Khan
  • Bwani Junction
  • Canzoniere Grencanico Salentino
  • David Wax Museum
  • Debapriya and Samanwaya
  • Dub Inc.
  • Emel Mathlouthi
  • Fanfare Ciocarlia
  • Fredy Massamba
  • Gocoo
  • Huun Huur Tu
  • Jagwa Music
  • Kissmet
  • Le Vent du Nord
  • Levon Minassian
  • Mala In Cuba
  • Malawi Mouse Boys
  • Mokoomba
  • Nano Stern
  • Ondatropica
  • Osibisa
  • Sam Lee
  • Schlachthofbronx
  • Syd Arthur
  • Tamikrest Urna & Kroke
  • Toots and the Maytals
  • Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
  • Parov Stella Band
  • The Heavy


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  • Charlton Park
    Malmesbury, Wiltshire, England
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