Techno Marching Band Sensations MEUTE Lead WOMAD Lineup Additions

Techno Marching Band Sensations MEUTE Lead WOMAD Lineup Additions

Founded by Latin Grammy Award winner Mario Galliano and English producer Will Holland (aka Quantic), Ondatropica revives the legacy of Colombian tropical music with a generation of young musicians alongside some of the best artists of the 1960s.

In addition to celebrating the success of their 2012 debut album, which is loved by DJs worldwide, the exclusive Australian show on Sunday 12 March pays tribute to the late King of Salsa, Michy Sarmiento, who was their spiritual and artistic mentor, and closes the stage.

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Grammy Award-winning and 2015 NPR Tiny Desk Contest winner American blues artist Fantastic Negrito will perform two concerts on the back of his 2022 studio album White Jesus Black Problem. The chronicle explores the illicit interracial affair of her seventh-generation grandparents—a white slave and a black slave—in 1750s Virginia.

German "techno marching band" MEUTE make their Australian debut with three shows at WOMADelaide Eleven. Drummers and trumpeters break musical barriers with a high-octane performance that redefines the concept of a brass band. Since gaining global fame with their remix of Flume's You & Me, which has over 57 million views on YouTube, the band has performed at prestigious festivals including the Vienna Concert Hall and Coachella.

Taraf de Caliu, a descendant of the world famous gypsy band Taraf de Haiduc, is the latest generation of traditional Romanian folk musicians known as Latari. These legends of gypsy music, led by renowned violinist Georg Kali Angel, have entertained thousands around the world with fans and collaborators including the late Yehudi Menuhin and the Kronos Quartet.

Following the release of their debut album Can We Be More, London-based jazz group Kokoro will play their first Australian show in March 2023. The Guardian called it “not only an important example of a new form of jazz, but an important example of the shape of things. Come to British music.'

Popular Jamaican ballroom dancer Sister Nancy (aka Muma Nancy) of Legal Shot makes her WOMADelaid debut. His most famous album, Bam Bam, released in 1982, has stood the test of time.

The international program also includes 5 pieces of Argentine tango, the Astar Piazzolla Quintet; Tibetan singer and humanitarian Yungchen Lamo, who returned after 24 years; Fascinating installation work by Maori singer Ria Hall, Ukrainian-Canadian folk trio Balaclava Blues and French dance troupe C Didier Theron and Galmey.

Australian performers include Ghana's exciting Australian dance theatre, Asante; New Soul by Melbourne's Easy; Blues singer Lachie Dolly Group and traditional guzheng player Mindy Meng Wang 王萌 along with electronic and solo artist Tim Shill.

The show also features a host of South Australian hotties including WOMADelaide x NSS Academy, country hip-hop duo APY DEM MOB and New Zealand rapper TAIAHA.

"We are delighted to present a full line-up of the best music and dance from around the world and we can't wait for audiences to join us next year. This will be a WOMADelaide not to be missed," said WOMADelaide Festival Director Ian. Scoby.

South Australian Premier Peter Malinauskas said the WOMADelaide 2023 series showcases the talent and diversity that continues to draw crowds to this iconic event.

Premier Malinauskas said: "As WOMADelaide prepares to return as a truly world-class festival, a wide range of acts and genres from around the world and closer to home will deliver four fantastic days at Adelaide Botanic Park/Teynmuntill."

"Events like WOMADelaide are the backbone of the South Australian economy and provide a significant boost to hotels, restaurants, pubs and retailers in the city and beyond."

Womaladlid presents 35 new artists:

Joining previously announced acts including Youssou N'Dour, Florence + The Machine, Bon Iver, Gratte Ciel's Places des Anges, AURORA, Billy Bragg, Sampa the Great and more, here are the announced artists:

  • Elan Song Project (Australia)
  • Alexander Flood (Australia)
  • Asante Dance Theater (Ghana / Australia)
  • Vocal group Aurora (Australia)
  • Balaclava Blues (Ukraine/Canada)
  • Bandaluzia (Australia)
  • Becca Amani (Australia)
  • Cie Didier Theron La Grande Frase / The Big Frase (France)
  • DEM MOB (Australia)
  • Didier Kumala (Australia)
  • Daily Allstars (East Timor / Australia)
  • Fantastic Negrito (USA)
  • Galmae c'est pas là, c'est par là / It's not like that, it's like that (France / South Korea)
  • Flavors (Australia)
  • Grace Cummings (Australia)
  • GUTS (DJ) (France / Spain)
  • Lung (Australia)
  • Julian Belbisher (Australia)
  • Jyoti (UK)
  • Kokaroku (UK)
  • Connect to Ku Arts Country (AUS)
  • Lachie Dolly Group (Australia)
  • MEUTE (Germany)
  • Mindy Meng Wang 王萌 and Tim Chill (China/Australia)
  • Ondatropica (Colombia)
  • Quintito Astar Piazzolla (Argentina)
  • Rhea Hall (New Zealand)
  • Richard J. Frankland (Australia)
  • Sisters Nancy and Legel Shute (Jamaica)
  • Son of Zuko (Australia - Fair)
  • Taiha (Australia/New Zealand)
  • Taraf de Caliu (Romania)
  • Tarobeat xMzRizk (Lebanon/Australia)
  • Tiana Khasi (Australia)
  • Yunchen Lamu (Tibet)

WOMADelaide, 10-13 March 2023, Botanic Park / Tainmuntilla, Adelaide, South Australia. For tickets, full line-up and information visit: www.womadelaide.com.au.