WOMADelaide 2019 opens its gates in only three weeks’ time, but audiences don’t have to wait to get a taste of the many brilliant musical delights on offer, with the release today of the festival’s annual compilation CD. The compilation features 13 international artists, including Angelique Kidjo, Baloji, La Dame Blanche and Sharon Shannon Band, all of whom will be gracing the stages at WOMADelaide from 8-11 March. One of the great performers of our age, Angélique Kidjo, opens the CD with her reimagined cover of Talking Heads’ Once In A Lifetime from their iconic 1980 albumRemain In Light. The vibrant drums and horns mixed with her powerful voice makes for a cracking track that gives the original new life. Taiwu Ancient Ballads Troupe are keeping traditional, indigenous Taiwanese music alive with the beautiful, hypnotic Qai Qai. Next up is legendary Irish group Sharon Shannon Band who show off their all-instrumental, fun folk stylings on Rusheen Bay. The first professional female virtuoso of the Kora (21-stringed African harp) to come from a West African Griot family, Sona Jobarteh is a pioneer in a male-dominated, 700-year-old hereditary tradition. Her mastery of this delicate instrument shines on Fatafina. Jamie Smith’s MABON break free of traditional Celtic music boundaries with The Space Between and Las Cafeteras’Tiempos de Amor is an homage to the love and sacrifice shown by immigrant families in the USA.
Angélique Kidjo – Once In A Lifetime
Shantel & Bucovina Club Orkestar, celebrating 30 years of touring, spice up the CD with the infectious gyspy rhythms of their worldwide hit Bucovina. And 79-year-old Brazilian starDona Onete contributes Tipiti, a joyous celebration and tribute to life (and food) in the Amazon. Paris-based Cuban star La Dame Blanche’sMentira is a sassy statement about lies, power and ego before the album moves on to Baloji’sL’Hiver Indien, which first achieved mainstream recognition from a most unusual source; EA Sport’s FIFA 18 game. My Baby’sElectrified is trippy, blues-and-funk infused psychedelia in full force, whileMaarja Nuut & Ruum feature with their haunting electronica in Haned kadunud. The CD closes with South Africa’s BCUC delivering their powerful cover of Nobody Knows, led by singer Jovi’s raspy and soulful tones and backed by brooding drums.
The WOMADelaide 2019 compilation CD is available for purchase here and at all good music stores across Australia.
It will also be for sale at the Mr V Music record store onsite in Botanic Park during WOMADelaide between 8-11 March.
Previous festival compilation CDs are available from Cartell Music and music by past festival artists can be tracked down by contacting Vic Flierl at Mr V Music viawww.facebook.com/Mr-V-Music