Your First Look at WOMADelaide 2019

Once again, Adelaide’s Botanic Park will house the annual WOMADelaide festival over three packed days next March. The line-up is set to be incredible, led by Grammy winner Angelique Kidjo premiering her full-circle reinterpretation of Talking Heads’ 80s classic, Remain the Light – an album that was heavily influenced by West Africa’s Afrobeat. Kidjo has redefined it as a call to contemporary issues and a true African rock album, with the New York Times describing it as, “transformative…raises the ante on every parameter of the original”. After performing beside the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in 2016, she’ll be back at WOMAD with something completely different.

After an 11-year hiatus from Adelaide, the John Butler Trio returns to WOMADelaide to debut their new album, Home. The band will be joined by the powerful 35-voice Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir and the Taiwu Ancient Ballas Troupe, a children’s choir consisting of 18 unique and outstanding voices, who will be performing traditional indigenous songs of Taiwan’s Paiwan villages.

Adelaide’s favourite hip-hop star, Tkay Maidza, will be performing at the WOMADelaide stages for the first time and follows the successful release of her second album as well as her biggest year of international touring.

WOMADelaide Director Ian Scobie says, “with the combination of the fearless work of artists like Angelique Kidjo, John Butler Trio, the wonderful voices of the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir, and Taiwu Ancient Ballads Troupe alongside a powerful new generation of musicians, WOMADelaide 2019 is certain to be a unique and memorable sonic journey around the world.”

The full WOMADelaide 2019 line-up will be announced in November.

WOMADelaide initial line-up:

Angelique Kidjo
Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness
John Butler Trio
Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir
Taiwu Ballads Group
Silkroad Ensemble
Amjad Ali Khan (with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra)
La Dame Blanche
Tkay Maidza
Maria Pages
Artonik’s The Colour Of Time
Dona ONete
Julia Jacklin
Jamie Smith’s MABON
Las Cafeteras
Sharon Shannon Band


WHERE? Botanic Park, Adelaide SA

WHEN? 8th-11th March 2019

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Images provided by WOMADelaide. Header image by Grant Hancock




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