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WOMAD New Zealand 2009


Fri 13 Mar 2009, 5:00pm–1:00am
Sat 14 Mar 2009, 12:00pm–12:30am
Sun 15 Mar 2009, 12:00pm–11:30pm

Where: TSB Bowl of Brooklands, Pukekura Park, New Plymouth, Taranaki

Ticket Information:

  • Adult 3-day: $209.00
  • Adult 3-day + camping: $259.00
  • Adult 3 day + marae style accommodation: $279.00
  • Friday night: $77.00
  • Saturday and night: $120.00
  • Sunday and night: $95.00
  • Sunday night only: $60.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: Cleo Wood

Hot on the heels of last week's announcement that Malian Rokia Traore will join the WOMAD 2009 bill, comes the confirmation of Kiwi audience favourites Anika Moa and band, The Sami Sisters and Andrew White to the line-up.

Argentinian diva Mercedes Sosa, who was announced as part of the WOMAD NZ 2009 line-up on 29 October, has unfortunately had to withdraw from her Australia-New Zealand tour due to conflicting recording commitments.

WOMAD 2009 is excited to welcome Rokia Traore from Mali to join the party. By her own admission, Traore is not a “Malian traditional singer,” instead blending blues, contemporary rock and a hint of rockabilly. But that really doesn’t sum up Traore’s sound. She is regarded as one of the most experimental African singer-songwriters and has really just created her own style.

Full artist line-up for WOMAD 09:

Arte Kanela (Australia/Spain)
Bedouin Jerry Can Band (Egypt)
Brendan Power (NZ)
Dengue Fever (Cambodia/USA)
Dona Rosa (Portugal)
Fat Freddy’s Drop (NZ)
Geoffrey Gurrumul (Australia)
The Gyuto Monks (Tibet/Australia)
Hinemoana Baker (NZ)
Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara Trio (UK)
Little Bushman (NZ)
Lo Cor de la Plana (France)
Rokia Traore (Mali)
Mihirangi (NZ)
Mikidache (Mayotte/France)
Moana and the Tribe (NZ)
The Mobile Sewing Company (Netherlands)
Natacha Atlas (Egypt/UK)
People In Your Neighbourhood (NZ)
Rachel Unthank and The Winterset (UK)
Russ Jones - Future World Funk (UK)
Sa Dingding (China)
Seckou Keita SKQ (Senegal)
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Nigeria)
Shona Laing (NZ)
Ska Cubano (Cuba/UK)
Speed Caravan (Algeria/France)
U Shrinivas (India)

Over three-days, more than 200 artists from 20 different countries perform on six stages. The essence of this festival - New Zealand's pre-eminent world music, arts, and dance festival - is the discovery and enjoyment of music from around the globe.

Set in the stunning 52 hectare park and garden - the TSB Bowl and Brooklands Park, New Plymouth, this venue has gained a reputation as one of the most beautiful outdoor venues in the world.

At the heart of the festival is The Global Village. Made up of more than 80 stalls trading a vast range of international foods, beverages, arts and crafts.

Workshops with performers are very popular and the Kidszone brings out the creativity in all children. WOMAD is known for its family-friendly atmosphere.

This annual event has a capacity of 11,500 people per day so there is ample space to accommodate everyone within the 52-hectare park.

For the first time, the 2009 event will feature a Sustainable Village and new chill out areas.

Camping and marae style accommodation is available on-site and the city offers a wide variety of accommodation – from low cost to high cost.

This festival is three-days of vibrant and dynamic enjoyment, discovery and journey.

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