· Music from Russia to Senegal, Poland to Tibet booked for the BBC Radio 3 Charlie Gillett stage
· More coverage than ever, with over ten hours of live broadcasts from the festival
· 2016 BBC Introducing Radio 3 world music acts unveiled in their WOMAD debuts
· Joining World on 3 presenters Lopa Kothari and Mary-Ann Kennedy, acclaimed folk performer Kathryn Tickell plus Cerys Matthews
· Live simultaneous broadcast on 6 Music and Radio 3
· Special exclusive WOMAD sessions to be filmed for online audiences
BBC Radio 3 announced today that it will continue its commitment to world and roots music with a series of broadcasts from WOMAD, the leading festival for world music.
The broadcasts will include specially curated performances booked by BBC Radio 3 from across the globe on the BBC Radio 3 Charlie Gillett Stage; highlights of performances and interviews from other stages including Siam Tent and Open Air Stage; more bespoke performances from a session tent filmed for online broadcast; and the unveiling of this year’s BBC Introducing Radio 3 world music artists in their WOMAD debut.
Alan Davey Controller BBC Radio 3 commented: “World and roots music are a big part of BBC Radio 3’s remit as a place that connects audiences with remarkable music and culture. As the only broadcaster with a dedicated world music programme I’m delighted we have such a strong relationship with WOMAD who are a leading light in bringing interesting music to a broad audience. We too think it’s important and that’s why we’ve increased our coverage this year.”
Regular World on 3 presenters, Lopa Kothari and Mary-Ann Kennedy, will present the Radio 3 coverage from 29th July – 31st July and for the first time; acclaimed folk performer Kathryn Tickell will join them. A leading light in Northumbrian folk music and guest presenter for World on 3, Kathryn is a celebrated player of the Northumbrian small pipes and won Musician of the Year at Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013.
Cerys Matthews returns to WOMAD, presenting her BBC Radio 6Music programme from 10.00am on Sunday 31st July. Also, following a successful collaboration in 2015, BBC Radio 3 will team up with Cerys for a joint broadcast which will go out simultaneously on both stations from 11.30am – 1.30pm Sunday 31 July. Special artists featured will include Dom La Nena and Bafula, who were discovered by BBC Radio 3 as part of BBC Introducing World Music 2016.
This year’s the BBC Radio 3 line up on the Charlie Gillett Stage includes:
Alash: Having wowed the audiences at the Sayan Ring Festival in Siberia, WOMAD now encounters some of the best throat singers Tuva has to offer. They were formed from the Tuvan National Orchestra by American scholar and musician Sean Quirk, who lives in Tuva. He has been given the national accolade ‘Merited Artist of Tuva’, and he joined the band in a special fireside performance for President Vladimir Putin in 2007.
Amaraterra: Discovered by BBC Radio 3 as part of BBC Introducing World Music 2016, Amaraterra is a group of passionate expats from the Salento. The ensemble has grown into a multi-national group, presenting its audience with a joyful and energetic selection of pizzica and roots music from all over the South of Italy.
Bafula: Discovered by BBC Radio 3 as part of BBC Introducing World Music 2016, Bafula are a new group formed when Gambian percussionist, Seneke Sillah, and kora master and griot Jali Bakary Konteh started working together in London in 2015. Their vision was to create a group blending traditional melodies and rhythms from Gambia with western styles of music to create a unique and intoxicating concoction of traditional Mandinka folk, funk, rock and jazz. The name Bafula comes from a confluence of two rivers in West Africa where sweet and salty waters meet and flow together.
Diabel Cissokho: Senegalese kora player and singer who first made his name in Baaba Maal’s band, and has since gone solo. His new album is named after the area where he grew up – Tambacounda in Senegal – and his music is rooted in the traditional styles of Senegal and Mali, expressed in a dazzling virtuosity.
Dom La Nena: Dominique Pinto, known by her stage name Dom La Nena, is a Brazilian-born cellist, singer and songwriter. She was born in 1989 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and began studying piano at the age of five, before shifting to the cello three years later. After studying with American cellist Christine Walevska in Buenos Aires for several years Dom moved to Paris where she met singer-songwriter Piers Faccini. The results of the partnership were thirteen compositions that would become Dom's debut album, Ela.
Kel Assouf: A Brussels-based band founded by Touareg singer and guitarist Aboubacar 'Anana' Harouna, who moved to Europe from Niger. The band members come from Mauritania, Ghana, France and Algeria, and for their new album ‘Tikounen’ they were joined by the distinctive desert singing style of Toulou Kiki. Kel Assouf means ‘the nostalgic ones’, and the band enriches traditional desert blues with rock guitar and Afrobeat styles.
Le Vent du Nord: acclaimed as one of the top bands of Quebec, the group have been recording and touring since 2002. They are still rooted in their aim of bringing the energy and fun of a Quebec Saturday night kitchen party to a global audience.
Ngawang Lodup with the Monks of the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery: BBC Introducing Radio 3 World Music artist, Ngawang Lodup peformed his debut at WOMAD in 2015 and went on to perform at the 02 for the Dalai Lama. This summer he returns to WOMAD to perform for BBC Radio 3 and is touring with the monks of the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery. The original Tashi Lhunpo Monsatery is one of the most important historical centres of Tibetan Buddhism.
Otava Yo: Since the end of the Soviet era, Russia has been rediscovering its folk music, for so long sanitised and commercialised in previous years. Otava Yo are based in St Petersburg, yearning to rediscover folk heritage but who can’t quite get away from the fact that they were brought up in the era of punk. They have taken their anarchic mix across Russia and to India, China and America– the band is coming over especially for Radio 3, and this is their UK Festival debut.
Volosi: A Polish string band making their WOMAD debut – the band combines conservatory-trained classical players with rural folk musicians from the Carpathian Mountains, creating a lively blend of traditional folk tunes with new compositions. In their exploration of neglected Polish roots, they describe their style as ‘remembering something we have forgotten.’
Live WOMAD Broadcasts on BBC Radio 3
This year we have more live broadcasting across the weekend than ever before, with over 10 hours in total, plus 15 exclusive online sessions.
Friday 29 July: 21:00 - 22:15 and 23:45 - 01:00
Saturday 30 July: 21:30 - 01:00
Sunday 31 July: 11:30 - 13:00 and 21:45-12:30
BBC Music is the corporation’s strongest commitment to music in 30 years – comprising of new partnerships and ground-breaking music initiatives led by Director Bob Shennan. Since launching with the stunning recreation of God Only Knows in Autumn 2014, initiatives have included regular music performances on BBC One’s The One Show, the BBC Music Awards on BBC One, the classical music initiative for schools ‘Ten Pieces’ and BBC Music Day, bringing communities across the UK together through music. A raft of exciting BBC Music commissions exclusively for BBC iPlayer include Amy Winehouse in her Own Words, Elton Live at Eden, Festival Pass with Rudimental and Duran Duran and Music Box with Guy Garvey. The Mercury Prize returned to the BBC in November 2015 with extensive coverage including live programming on 6 Music and BBC Four. Adele at the BBC, a world exclusive BBC Music commission for BBC One was broadcast in November and included a sketch featuring Adele impersonators which has now gained over 42m views over the BBC YouTube channel. Festivals come alive on our digital platforms, with world leading coverage of Glastonbury, Radio 1’s Big Weekend and a whole host of unique events. The BBC Music website is also your first step to a personalised music service with playlists of your favourite tracks and the ability to follow the artists you love.
BBC Radio 3
Radio 3 broadcasts high-quality, distinctive classical music and cultural programming, alongside regular arts and ideas programmes, jazz and world music. The station has four dedicated jazz strands, is the only network station with a regular world music show and features more live classical music programming than any other. Radio 3 broadcasts every Prom live and more than 600 complete concerts a year - alongside daily speech programming, 90 full-length operas, over 25 drama commissions and over 20 new BBC music commissions a year. Radio 3 is the most significant commissioner of new musical works in the country and is committed to supporting new talent, from composers to writers and new young performers, through schemes such as New Generation Artists, BBC Classical, Jazz and World Introducing, and New Generation Thinkers. www.bbc.co.uk/radio3
BBC Introducing provides a network dedicated to supporting the best emerging talent from across the UK and a platform to propel them onto the national stage through Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2, Radio 3, 6 Music and the Asian Network.
It gives up-and-coming artists broadcast opportunities on BBC radio, television and online alongside the chance to perform at major festivals and showcases.
BBC Introducing Radio 3 for world and roots music in the UK was launched in January 2015 and plays tracks by Introducing artists every week on World on 3, and offers exclusive World on 3 sessions to selected Introducing artists as well as opportunities to play at WOMAD, Hay Festival and Edinburgh International Festival.
For BBC Music, BBC Introducing has announced a partnership with the Skills Academy Creative & Cultural; an organisation that works alongside employers to increase skills through quality training. BBC Introducing will work with academies across the country to develop the technical and production skills of the future, particularly in the live space. We will work with Academy students to produce on-air content for a range of BBC Introducing sessions and radio shows, as well as sharing the knowledge and experience of teams here at the BBC to develop different skills that are paramount to the future health of the music industry.
Next year, a collection of the best new British talent will perform at four BBC Introducing showcases in North America. This is as a result of a new partnership BBC Introducing has formed with PRS for Music Foundation, the UK’s leading charitable funder of new music and emerging talent. All four showcases will be co-funded by the PRS for Music Foundation and is part of BBC Introducing’s commitment to offer the best new artists unrivalled opportunities to be seen and heard, and extending those opportunities wider than the UK and into North America.
New Talent Initiative
The BBC runs 16 new talent initiatives, designed to support and nurture artists and help to launch them onto the national and international stage. The 16 schemes are:
- BBC Young Musician
- BBC Young Jazz Musician
- BBC Young Scottish Musician
- BBC Proms Inspire
- Radio 3 New Generation Artists
- Radio 2 Young Brass
- Radio 2 Young Chorister
- Radio 2 Young Folk
- BBC Cardiff Singer of the World
- BBC Songs of Praise Choir of the Year
- BBC Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year
- BBC Introducing
- BBC Music Sound Of...
- BBC Wales Horizons/Gorwelion
- BBC Young Dancer
- BBC Radio Ulster’s School Choir of the Year
WOMAD held its first festival in 1982 at the Bath & West Showground in Shepton Mallet, Somerset. Over the intervening 34 years, the Peter Gabriel-fronted organisation has hosted festivals across the globe, from Spain to New Zealand, Chile to Abu Dhabi. This is the tenth year, its flagship UK festival will be held at Charlton Park, near Malmesbury in Wiltshire 28-31 July 2016.
Other artists confirmed for WOMAD Charlton Park 2016...
AFRIQUOI (UK) / ANA TIJOUX (France/Chile) /ANOUSHKA SHANKAR (India)/ ASIAN DUB FOUNDATION (UK)/ ASIQ NARGILE (Georgia) / AUNTIE FLO (Scotland) / AYNUR (Turkey) / AZIZA BRAHIM (Western Sahara/Spain) / BAABA MAAL (Senegal) / BALOJI & L’ORCHESTRE DE LA KATUBE (Belgium) / BLICK BASSY (Cameroon) / BUIKA (Majorca) /BROADWAY SOUNDS (Australia) / CABRUERA ( Brazel)/CHARLES BRADLEY (USA) / CHOUK BWA LIBETE (Haiti) / CUNCORDU E TENORE OROSEI (Italy) / DUBIOZA KOLEKTIV (Bosnia) /DESERT SLIDE (India) / DOM LA NENA (Brazil) / ETHNO-TRIO TROITSA (Belarus) / FEDERICO ALBANESE (Italy) / FLORIAN KELLER (Germany) / GEORGE CLINTON PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC (USA) / HANOI MASTERS (Vietnam) / HOT 8 BRASS BAND (USA) / HEARTBEAT (Palestine/Israel) / HINDI ZAHRA (Morocco/France) / IBRAHIM MAALOUF (Lebanon/France) / IMARHAN (Algeria) / JOHN GRANT (USA) / KEFAYA (INDIA, ITALY, SPAIN, AFGHANISTAN, CUBA)) / KIM JULONG’s ENSEMBLE NOREUM MACHI (South Korea) /LA MAMBANEGRA (Colombia) /LES AMAZONES D’AFRIQUE; Oumou Sangara, Mariam Doumbia, Kandia Kouyate, Rokia Kone & Mamani Keita (Mali) / LULA PENA (Portugal) / LURA (Cape Verde/Portugal) / MERCEDES PEON (Spain) / META & the CORNERSTONES (USA, Senegal) /MOH! KOUYATE (Guinea/France) / MUZYKANCI (Poland) / N’DIALE (Mali/France) / PAT THOMAS AND HIS KWASHIBU AREA BAND (Ghana) / PIERCE BROTHERS (Australia) / ROOTS MANUVA (UK) / SELDA BAGCAN & BOOM PAM (Turkey, Israel) / SIDESTEPPER (Columbia) / SONS OF KEMET (UK) / SOOM T (UK) / ST Germain (French) / TETISH (Israel) / THE BREATH (Ireland/England) / THE EAST POINTERS (Canada) / THE GRIT ORCHESTRA (UK) / THIS IS THE KIT (UK) / WIYAALA (Ghana) /
WOMAD FESTIVAL UK 2016
Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, UK, SN16 9DG
28-31 JULY 2016