WOMADelaide today announced the first 18 groups for its 2018 festival, to be held from 9-12 March in Adelaide’s Botanic Park, and it includes the ‘queen of the sitar’, Anoushka Shankar, the Australian premiere of Havana Meets Kingston featuring legendary reggae duo Sly & Robbie; fiery guitarists Rodrigo y Gabriela and saxophonist Kamasi Washington.
Also announced are the scorching desert blues guitarists from Mali, Tinariwen who last performed at the festival in 2008; Australia’s electronic music superstars, The Avalanches; veteran Ghanaian singer, Pat Thomas and UK dub producer Adrian Sherwood, all of whom have had an enormous influence over the past two decades on the ever-changing face of music from around the world.
The 18 artists announced today are:
- Adrian Sherwood – UK
- Anoushka Shankar – India/UK
- Architects of Air “Arboria” – UK
- The Avalanches – Australia
- Bixiga 70 – Brazil
- Chico Trujillo – Chile
- Dan Sultan – Australia
- Daymé Arocena – Cuba
- Havana Meets Kingston – Cuba/Jamaica
- Kamasi Washington – USA
- Le Vent du Nord – Canada
- Noura Mint Seymali – Mauritania
- Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band – Ghana
- Rahim Alhaj Trio – Iraq
- Rodrigo y Gabriela – Mexico
- Tinariwen – Mali
- Violons Barbares – France/Mongolia/Bulgaria
- Yirrmal & the Miliyawutj Band – Australia
The full WOMADelaide 2018 line-up, including around 45 more international and Australian groups, DJs and site artists, The Planet Talks program and much more will be released in November and December.
WOMADelaide, 9-12 March 2018, Botanic Park, Adelaide, South Australia.
For information and tickets visit www.womadelaide.com.au