Womad

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Womad festival – Gilberto Gil helps celebrate 40 years of blazing trails
The international arts festival returned after a two-year absence with a triumphant celebration of music and dance from around the world

Robin Denselow

01, Aug, 2022 @2:02 PM

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‘We like the sound of PVC tubing’: Fulu Miziki, the band who make music out of trash
The ‘Afrofuturist’ collective, who make their instruments out of what they find in Kinshasa’s dumps, play Womad this weekend

Alice McCool

29, Jul, 2022 @6:45 AM

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Post your questions for the Flaming Lips’s Wayne Coyne
As the psychedelic pop band prepare to play Womad, their frontman will take on your questions about their nearly 40-year career

Rich Pelley

29, Jun, 2022 @8:59 AM

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Field of dreams: the best music festivals still available to book
Big hitters such as Glastonbury may be sold out but – from an Afrobeats party in Portugal to Lil Wayne in a Cambridge orchard – there’s a huge variety of outdoor events out there to brighten your summer

Emma Garland, Graeme Virtue and Jenessa Williams

02, Apr, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Organisers blame government as Womad festival cancelled again
Co-founder Peter Gabriel points to lack of insurance support as festival is called off for second year

Laura Snapes

28, Jun, 2021 @6:06 PM

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Peter Gabriel: festivals risk ‘losing everything’ without government insurance
Industry figures warn nightclubs and music venues also being pushed towards ‘financial cliff edge’ by delay in lockdown easing

Laura Snapes and Jasper Jolly

17, Jun, 2021 @10:31 AM

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Nick Page obituary
Guitarist, composer and producer nicknamed Count Dubulah who was a co-founder of Transglobal Underground

Robin Denselow

18, May, 2021 @2:15 PM

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Womad 1985: the qawwali star invokes rapture
Revellers on Essex’s Mersea Island were transfixed by the sheer spiritual power of Khan’s first performance outside south Asia

Ammar Kalia

15, Jul, 2020 @10:00 AM

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Womad 2020 cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic
Festival co-founder Peter Gabriel said many artists billed to play this year’s festival have pledged to return in 2021

Laura Snapes

08, Apr, 2020 @12:13 PM

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Ustad Saami’s ‘mind-boggling’ album God Is Not a Terrorist: ‘It’s superhuman’
The 76-year-old music virtuoso released his first record last year. He’s the last surviving practitioner of a 13th century tradition at risk of dying with him

Janine Israel

02, Mar, 2020 @4:30 PM

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Womad festival review – polyphony and politics in global soundclash
Septuagenarians shone at the 37th edition of the globe-trotting music festival, that also subtly railed against Brexit with quirky European talent

Robin Denselow

30, Jul, 2019 @8:36 AM

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'So flawed and problematic': why the term 'world music' is dead
Artists, record labels and even this month’s Womad festival agree that the term is outdated. Is there a better way to market music from across the globe?

Ammar Kalia

24, Jul, 2019 @9:00 AM

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