For those who came to ‘world music’ during its boomtime in the late 1980s, this will be an essential performance. Songhai by Toumani Diabate & Juan Carmona & Josemi Carmona & Javier Colina & Guests revisits the two Songhai albums from back in the day, the superb collaboration between Malian kora legend Toumani Diabate, double-bassist Danny Thompson and the young flamenco force Ketama. The heat of flamenco guitars mixes with the coolness of the kora, creating an intoxicating mix of fire and ice. It promises to be a historic performance.
From the Democratic Republic of Congo come those ear-expanding experimentalists Konono No 1. Known over the last ten years for their fascinating series of Congotronics albums, the band actually goes all the way back to the mid-60s when they first developed their unique DIY approach to both instrumentation and amplification, utilising whatever was close to hand in their hometown of Kinshasa. The original recyclers! Join the list of their admirers, which includes the likes of Bjork and Thom Yorke.
Another man who’s employed a distinctly DIY approach over the years is Kenny Anderson, better known to discerning ears as King Creosote. The long-time spiritual leader of Fife’s Fence Collective, he put out a crazily prolific series of homemade CDRs before the world caught up with his particular folk-rock brew, a highlight of which was a Mercury Prize shortlisting. A tremendously engaging live performer making his WOMAD debut.
Others packing their bags for rural Wiltshire include…
Bamba Wassoulou Groove (MALI) • Fuel Fandango (SPAIN) • Hackney Colliery Band (UK) • Inna Modja (MALI) • Iration Steppas (UK) • Kapucha (ITALY) • Malmesbury Schools Project with Escola de Carnaval (UK/BRAZIL) • Onra (FRANCE) • Twelfth Day (UK)
Day tickets to WOMAD Charlton Park 2016 are now available for Saturday and Sunday, costing £90 per adult for a whole day’s entertainment (and no booking fee!). These will be available in-person on the day as long as they haven’t sold out, so we strongly advise booking in advance.
WOMAD FESTIVAL UK 2016
Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, UK, SN16 9DG
28-31 JULY 2016