For more than thirty years WOMAD has been internationally recognised as a centre for music, art and dance from all over the world, and this year’s festival at Charlton Park is set to be as eclectic as ever.
Brighton-born soul singer Alice Russell returns to the festival’s line-up after a last-minute cancellation of her 2013 performance to retain her reputation as the UK’s greatest name in soul. She joins an exotic line-up of musicians from such places as Bulgaria, Somalia, Cuba and Madagascar, among many others.
One of the biggest names taking to the WOMAD stage this year is Goran Bregovic, legendary Balkan guitar player and composer who will be playing with his Weddings and Funerals Orchestra which can be composed of anywhere between 10 and 37 members. Bregovic is said to be one of the most internationally known musicians from the Balkans and has collaborated with such artists as The Gipsy Kings and Gogol Bordello frontman Eugene Hutz.
Other artists to look forward to this year at Charlton Park include Bobby Womack, a soul legend from the United States whose most recent album was produced by Damon Albarn, as well as a collaboration comprised of Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca and Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara, a match to showcase the WOMAD’s all-encompassing diversity on one stage.
WOMAD Charlton Park 2014 will take place from 24th to 27th of July and adult weekend tickets cost £160. Buy yours by following the instructions on the festival’s website.
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