Official WOMAD 2009 Line Up Announced

Thursday 30 October 2008

One Legendary Beat King, Two Kiwi Music Icons, Three Days and more than 200 reasons to go.

New Zealand’s pre-eminent celebration of music, arts and dance is set to be a sell-out success once again as organisers Taranaki Arts Festival Trust (TAFT) today announced the star-studded line up for WOMAD 2009, to take place at New Plymouth’s Brooklands Park and TSB Bowl 13-15 March 2009.

Widely proclaimed ‘King of Afrobeat’ Seun Kuti and his legendary big band Egypt 80 of Nigeria will fire up the stage, as will some of New Zealand’s biggest names including soul superstars Fat Freddy’s Drop, world-respected harmonica genius Brendan Power and icon of staunch New Zealand-ness Shona Laing.

The brilliantly eclectic bill for WOMAD 2009 includes unique splashes of quirk with the irresistible collision of Jamaican ska & Cuban mambo from Ska Cubano, Tibetan Gyuto Monks and The Mobile Sewing Company - a theatrical pair of seamstresses re-inventing spectators’ clothes, with the audience pedalling the power to their vintage machines!

AFT Chief Executive Suzanne Porter says “WOMAD 2009 carries some of the biggest names we’ve had.  With the confirmation of the line-up we’re offering some of the most interesting talent in the world, a very high standard.”

She adds “On top of the great music, you can eat and shop your way around the world in the famously popular Global Village, enjoy the new Sustainable Village and let children get creative at the Kidzone.”

If the previous two WOMADs are anything to go by, WOMAD 2009 earlybird tickets will be expected to sell out within two weeks, so festival-goers are advised not to delay in purchasing their tickets to avoid the disappointment that many experienced when earlier WOMAD tickets have sold out.

WOMAD’s New Zealand Artistic Director Roger King says “WOMAD offers a unique environment to savour such a colourful array of music, arts and dance.  I’m really very proud we’ve been able to once again achieve a programme of such great quality and diversity.”

WOMAD New Zealand has become an annual event and in 2009 introduces a new concept, the Sustainable Village, which showcases sustainable practices and merchandise.  This adds to the already hugely successful Global Village (international food, arts and craft) and Kidzone.


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)
Mercedes Sosa (Argentina)
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 and Egypt 80 (Nigeria)
Shona Laing (NZ)
Ska Cubano (Cuba/UK)
Speed Caravan (Algeria/France)
U Shrinivas (India)

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