This show was broadcasted just before the Womad Festival kicked off in the UK and it included: from Haiti, Moonlight Benjamin’s voodoo rock and the folk-blues of Melissa Laveaux; the irresistible party-fare of Havana Meets Kingston; the pile-driving wedding music of Omar Souleyman; the irresistible Bollywood Brass Band; the sweet Cape Verdean sounds of Miroca Paris; and the dearly beloved Amparanoia. Also UK multiculturalists Rafiki Jazz, the Belgian-Senegalese trio Tamala, and Brazilian Nordeste folk from Renata Rosa. All played at Womad.
The same weekend in Dublin saw the “Hotter Than July” free festival take place in central Dublin. The Discovery Gospel Choir, Fehdah and Paddy Groenland were just some of the homegrown World Music artists appearing.
Also in Dublin, Maya Youssef, virtuoso of the qanun, originally from Syria and now based in London, plays in the National Concert Hall on Wednesday August 15th in Waltons World Masters series.
Hermeto Pascoal, veteran Brazilian composer and bandleader pays tribute to the forró genre.
Kobo Town is Trinidadian Drew Gonsalves and his contemporary calypso.
Thabang Tabane is South African drummer and singer in the malombo style.
Markus and Shahzad are a French trio in collaboration with a Pakistani qawwali singer.
Red Baraat are Brooklyn Bhangra with jazzy flourish, rap and spoken word.
The Eishen Ensemble play the music of the Iranian composer, Hamed Sadeghi.
Baul Meets Saz is an Indian, Turkish and Belgian encounter.
And NES are a trio who met in Spain and bring together Arabic music, jazz and pop.