WOMADelaide today announced the 35 final artists for its festival from 10-13 March 2023 at Adelaide Botanic Park. In addition to the 35 artists already announced, the program now includes an exclusive performance by Colombian supergroup Ondatrópica, as well as Grammy Award-winning American blues artist Fantastic Negrito, as well as the Australian premiere of the German “techno brass band”. , PACK.
Founded by Latin Grammy Award winner Mario Galeano and English DJ-producer Will Holland (AKA Quantic), Ondatrópica brings Colombia’s tropical musical heritage to life with some of the region’s greatest performers from the 60s alongside a generation of young musicians.
Their exclusive Sunday March 12 Australian show not only commemorates the success of their groundbreaking 2012 debut album – favored by DJs around the world – but also pays tribute to the late King of Salsa Michi Sarmiento, who was their spiritual and artistic guide on – step on and off.
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Grammy Award winner and winner of the 2015 NPR Tiny Desk competition, American blues and roots artist Fantastic Negrito will perform two shows on the back of his critically acclaimed 2022 studio album, White Jesus Black Problems. The record explores the illegal, interracial romance of her seventh-generation grandparents — a white indentured servant and an enslaved black man — in 1750s Virginia.
MEUTE will make their Australian debut with three performances at WOMADelaide. The eleven drummers and horn players transcend musical barriers with high-octane performances that redefine the concept of a marching band. Since gaining worldwide notoriety with their remix of Flume’s You & Me, which has amassed over 57 million views on YouTube, the band have played concert halls in Vienna and coveted festivals including Coachella.
Taraf de Caliu, a spin-off of the world famous gypsy band Taraf de Haidouks, is the latest generation of traditional Romanian folk musicians known as Låtari. Under the direction of iconic violinist Georghe ‘Caliu’ Anghel, these legends of gypsy music have entertained thousands around the world, with fans and collaborators like the late Yehudi Menuhin and the Kronos Quartet.
Fresh off the release of their debut album Could We Be More, London jazz collective Kokoroko will play their first Australian shows in March 2023. They have been described by The Guardian as “a vital example not just of the new form of jazz , but also of the shape of things”. coming for UK music.
Iconic Jamaican dancehall DJ, Sister Nancy (AKA Muma Nancy), performing with Legal Shot, will make her WOMADelaide debut. His best-known album, Bam Bam, released in 1982, has stood the test of time.
The international program also includes the Argentine tango 5 pieces, Quinteto Astor Piazzolla; Tibetan singer and humanitarian Yungchen Lhamo, back after 24 years; Maori singer Ria Hall, Ukrainian/Canadian electro-folk trio Balaklava Blues and, from France, Cie dance ensemble Didier Theron and a haunting installation work by Galmae.
Australian performers include the uplifting Ghanian-Australian Asanti Dance Theatre; the neo soul of Izy in Melbourne; wild blues from Lachy Doley and traditional Ghuzeng player Mindy Meng Wang 王萌, both solo and with electronic artist Tim Shiel.
The program also features a contingent of South Australia’s best, including 2 emerging artists from WOMADelaide x NSS Academy, hip hop duo from APY lands DEM MOB and New Zealand rapper TAIAHA.
“We are delighted to be able to reveal the full programme, which showcases the best of musical and dance arts from around the world and we look forward to audiences joining us next year. This will be a WOMADelaide not to be missed,” said WOMADelaide Festival Director Ian Scobie.
South Australian Premier Peter Malinauskas said the WOMADelaide 2023 lineup offers the talent and diversity that inspires audiences to come to this iconic event.
“As WOMADelaide prepares for its return as a truly global festival, the wide range of acts and genres from around the world and closer to home will deliver a wonderful four days at Adelaide’s Botanic Park/Tainmuntilla,” said Prime Minister Malinauskas.
“Events such as WOMADelaide are a cornerstone of South Australia’s economy and provide a vital boost to hotels, restaurants, bars and retail businesses in the city and beyond.”
The 35 new artists of WOMADelaide:
Joining previously announced artists including Youssou N’Dour, Florence + The Machine, Bon Iver, Gratte Ciel’s Places des Anges, AURORA, Billy Bragg, Sampa The Great and many more, here are the artists announced today:
- Ailan Songs Project (AUS)
- Alexander Flood (Australia)
- Asanti Dance Theater (Ghana/AUS)
- AuroraVocal Ensemble (AUS)
- Balaklava Blues (Ukraine/Canada)
- Bandaluzia (AUS)
- Beckah Amani (Australia)
- Cie Didier Theron The Great Phrase / The Great Phrase (France)
- DEM MOB (AUS)
- Didier Kumalo (Australia)
- Dili Allstars (Timor Leste/AUS)
- Fantastic Negrito (USA)
- Galmae it’s not there, it’s over there / it’s not like that, it’s like that(France/South Korea)
- Gosti (AUS)
- Grace Cummings (Australia)
- GUTS (DJ) (France/Spain)
- Izy (Australia)
- Julian Belbachir (Australia)
- Jyoty (UK)
- Kokoroko (United Kingdom)
- Ku Arts Country connection(Australia)
- The Lachy Doley Group (AUS)
- PACK (Germany)
- Mindy Meng Wang 王萌 and Tim Shiel (China/AUS)
- Ondatropica (Colombia)
- Quinteto Astor Piazzolla (Argentina)
- Ria Hall (New Zealand)
- Richard J. Frankland (Australia)
- Sister Nancy & Legal Shot (Jamaica)
- Son of Zöku (AUS – Adel)
- TAIAHA (AUS/NZ)
- Taraf de Caliu (Romania)
- Tarobeat xMzRizk (Lebanon/AUS)
- Tiana Khasi (Australia)
- Yunchen Lhamo (Tibet)
WOMADelaide, March 10-13, 2023, Botanic Park/Tainmuntilla, Adelaide, South Australia For tickets, full lineup and information, visit: www.womadelaide.com.au.