Womad 2018 is on the horizon and the first four artists featured will all be appearing there:
Tal National, the wild and unruly rockers from Niger, veteran East African rumba outfit, Orchestre Les Mangalepa, Dobet Gnahoré, singer and dancer from Côte D’Ivoire, and B.C.U.C, the progressive township soul band from Soweto. All mouth-watering prospects.
Cheikh Lô is a Senegalese singer/percussionist and one time protegé of Youssou N’Dour, whose debut album on World Circuit gets a remastering.
Diali Cissokho is a Senegalese griot based in North Carolina with his band, Kaira Ba.
Les Tambours de Brazza play an updated version of traditional Congolese vocal-percussion interplay.
Samba Touré is a Malian singer/guitarist who walks elegantly in Ali Farka Touré’s shoes.
Calypso Rose is Grand Dame of Trinidadian calypso.
Winston McAnuff and François-Xavier Bossard are the unlikely reggae-accordion pairing.
Ziggy Marley has rebellion and revolution in his sights.
Malphino are a London-based collective of worldwide origins with a seductive and idiosyncratic take on cumbia.
Very Be Careful are a vallenato and cumbia outfit from Los Angeles.
Max Baca and the Texmaniacs are back and forth across the Tex-Mex border.
Rahim AlHaj is a Carolina-based Iraqi oud player, accompanied by santoor and percussion.
Ravi Shankar is the most famous Indian musician worldwide.
Manika Kaur is a Sikh singer in collaboration with James Yorkston, Jyotsna Srikanth and Tunde Jegeda.
Thomas Bartlett and Nico Muhly develop songs from the notations and transcriptions of gamelan music by Benjamin Britten and associates in the 1940s.