WOMADelaide announces final 35 artists to its stunning 2023 lineup. The program now includes an exclusive performance by Colombian supergroup Ondatrópica, plus Grammy Award-winning American blues artist Fantastic Negrito.
Founded by Latin Grammy Award winner Mario Galeano and English DJ-producer Will Holland (AKA Quantic), Ondatrópica revives the tropical musical heritage of Colombia with some of the region’s greatest performers from the ‘60s alongside a generation of young musicians.
Their Australian exclusive show on Sunday 12 March commemorates not only the success of their ground-breaking 2012 debut album –favoured by DJs across the world -but also pays homage to the late salsa king Michi Sarmiento, who was their spiritual and artistic guide on-and-off stage.
The Grammy Award-winning and 2015 NPR Tiny Desk Contest Winner, American blues and roots artist Fantastic Negrito will perform two shows off the back of his critically acclaimed 2022 studio album, White Jesus Black Problems. The record explores the illegal, interracial romance of his seventh-generation grandparents-a white indentured servant and an enslaved black man-in 1750s Virginia.
Taraf de Caliu, a spinoff of the globally acclaimed gypsy band Taraf de Haidouks, is the last generation of traditional Romanian folk musicians known as Låtari. Under the lead of iconic violinist Georghe ‘Caliu’ Anghel, these legends of gypsy music have entertained thousands of people across the world, with fans and collaborators including the late Yehudi Menuhin and Kronos Quartet.
The international program also includes Argentinian Tango 5-piece, Quinteto Astor Piazzolla; Tibetan singer and humanitarian Yungchen Lhamo, returning after 24years; Maori singer Ria Hall, Ukrainian/Canadian electro-folk trio Balaklava Blues, and from France-dance ensemble Cie Didier Theron and a beguiling site installation work from Galma.
Australian artists include the exhilarating Ghanian-Australian Asanti Dance Theatre; neosoul from Melbourne’s Izy; rollicking blues from The Lachy Doley Group and traditional Ghuzeng player Mindy Meng Wang 王萌, performing solo and also with electronic artist Tim Shiel.
We are thrilled to be able to reveal the full program,which features the very bestin music arts and dance from around the worldand cannot wait for audiences to join us next year. It will be a WOMADelaide not to be missed,” said WOMADelaide Festival Director, Ian Scobie.
10-13 March, 2023