Each year Womadelaide brings some of the World’s greatest musicians to our little old town of Adelaide for a spectacular weekend of sound and sight. Now in its 20th year, 2016 was already looking set to be another amazing year with the likes of French Electronica group Orange Blossom, Middle Eastern Electro-mijwez crew 47 Soul and legendary singer and Grammy winner Angélique Kidjo all set to perform at the event. However, things just took another leap forward with Womadelaide’s 2nd release of artists announced this week. Here’s a round up of who we can’t wait to catch from the latest listings:
Asian Dub Foundation
English Electronica act Asian Dub Foundation have been pushing their unique style of electronic-dub-breaks-D’n’B for over 20 years now. Not limited to any one genre the group’s sound includes the use of Indian Sitar inspired guitars, as well as African drums and even Reggae rhythms. Their lyrics are thought provoking and genuine, they’re unstoppable live and they’ve MBE and Mercury Music Award nominations under their belt as well as well-over 10 albums. With a pedigree like that you’ve got to take notice. They’re headlining the final day’s main stage, expect this one to go off.
We were chuffed here at Fresh to find out that local talent Surahn was going to be performing at Womadelaide this year. A previous member of The Swiss (alongside our pal Luke Million) as well as a former member of the Empire of the Sun’s tour band plus having worked on his own electronica side project Sidwho? Surahn manages to bring his eclectic tastes together in a fusion of trippy-disco-electronica-rock….We likey! Definitely one to watch.
This US Missouri born DJ and producer has pedigree, real pedigree. He’s a Defected Label artist, has worked across the world on a huge number of musical projects and is an accomplished pianist, DJ and priest. He’s worked with everybody from Jazzy Jeff to Ame, is A&R man at Yoruba and he even recently released a book of his own photographs taken while visiting Burning Man Festival over 6 years. A truly worldly individual (he now lives on a tiny island in Greece) Osunlade will no doubt take us somewhere really special when he lights up the stage.
Sampa the Great
Zambian born poet, rapper and singer Sampa the Great lists Nina Simone, Lauryn Hill and Yasiin Bey as her influences but there’s no doubt this lady is her own creation. With her own unique take on music and lyricism she’s both enchanting and thought-provoking in the same breath and she’s positively brimming with attitude and style. A real breath of fresh air against much of the mediocrity that counts as pop R&B Sampa knows what’s what and she says so too. She’s also recently released her own mixtape on Melbourne’s Wondercore Island label. Check it out below. #ttude!