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5th July 2013

Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & Max Romeo join the WOMAD line up

A host of stars are heading to Wiltshire this July

Dub reggae pioneers, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and Max Romeo will break their European Tour to perform at this summer’s WOMAD festival.  Veteran, Grammy-winning producer and songwriter Lee 'Scratch' Perry has become a legend of Jamaican reggae, and is acclaimed as a pioneer of dub. He is now well into his 70s, but with no thoughts of retiring, he and long-time collaborator, Max Romeo, are sure to enchant the audience along with their spectacular, soulful band.
“'We are delighted to be able to host two of the greatest reggae legends, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and Max Romeo within this already exciting and unique line-up.  I am positive they will be a highlight of the festival and the WOMAD audience will have them on their must-see list."
Festival Director Chris Smith
Other highlights this year include; Malian star Rokia Traoré, the world-famous Gilberto Gil, the extraordinary Mokoomba from Victoria Falls, everyone’s favourite Afrocentric hip-hoppers Arrested Development,  the irrepressible ska, punk, jazz and swing duo from France Babylon Circus and with their very own brand of Afrobeat, Nigerian’s Seun Kuti, son of the Fela and his band Egypt 80.

Other performers heading to Malmesbury this year are Adjágas (Norway), Alice Russell (UK),  Amesmalúa (Spain), Asif Ali Khan (Pakistan), Barrule (Isle of Man), Bwani Junction (Scotland), Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (Italy), Capercaillie (Scotland),  Carminho (Portugal), Christine Salem (Reunion), Craig Charles (UK), David Rodigan MBE (UK), David Wax Museum (USA), Dawanggang (China), Debrapriya & Samanwaya (India), Desmali & D'Ambô de la Costa (Equatorial Guinea), Dizu Plaatjies & Ibuyambo Ensemble (South Africa), DJ Tudo e Sua Gente de Todo Lugar (Brazil), Dogan Mehmet & the Boombox Karavan(UK), Dub Inc (France), Ed Harcourt (UK), Emel Mathouthi (Tunsia), Family Atlantica (UK/Venezuela), Fanfare Ciocarlia (Romania), Fimber Bravo (Trinidad & Tobago), Flavia Coelho (Brazil), Fredy Massamba (Congo), Gocoo (Japan), Guy Schalom and the Baladi Blues Ensemble (Egypt & UK), Hidden Orchestra (UK), Huun Huur Tu (Tuva), Iadoni (Georgia), Imperial Tiger Orchestra (Switzerland), Jagwa Music (Tanzania), Jesca Hoop (USA), Joseph Arthur (USA), Katy Carr & the Aviators (UK), Kissmet (UK), Kon Koma (Ghana/UK),  La Chiva Gantiva (Colombia/Belgium),La Pegatina (Spain), Le Vent Du Nord (Canada), Lévon Minassian (French-Armenian), Mala In Cuba (UK), Malawi Mouse Boys (Malawi), Malouma (Mauritania), Mavrika (UK/Greece), Mohammad Reza Mortazavi (Iran), Nano Stern (Chile), Nefes with Fidan Hajiyeva (Turkey- Azerbaijan), Ondatrópica (Columbia), Osibisa (Ghana), Nynke (Netherlands), Parov Stelar Band (Austria), Rachid Taha (Algeria), Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band (USA), Riot Jazz Brass Band (UK), Roopa Panesar (UK) Sam Lee & Friends (UK), Schlachthofbronx (Germany), Spoek (South Africa), Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys (USA), Syd Arthur (UK), Tamikrest (Mali), Urna & Kroke (Mongolia & Poland), The Baladi Blues Ensemble  (Egypt/UK), The Bombay Royale(Australia),The Bookshop Band (UK), The Heavy (UK), and Yesking (UK), Zykopops (Croatia).
 
Those who can make a really long weekend of it can buy a separate Thursday ticket this year which allows them to catch both that raspy revolutionary of Algerian rai-rock Rachid Taha and the extraordinary spectacle of Italy’s Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio updating Mozart’s Magic Flute by way of mambo, salsa, rock and country-pop. There will also be the traditional Thursday night Malmesbury School Project, a collaboration between local school kids and, this year, Middle Eastern musicians and dancers.
 
WOMAD is about much more than the music though. 2013's festival will welcome back the Taste The World stage, where artists performing in the line-up are invited to present and prepare native dishes for audiences, occasionally using techniques not familiar to these shores. Throughout the weekend children of all ages (all children aged 13 and under get into WOMAD for free all weekend) are welcome to join the festival's extensive workshops and activities in the World of Children. On Sunday afternoon all the wonderful creations are presented by their makers in the much loved Children's Parade, which snakes its way through the festival site. Festival goers can unwind in the WOMAD Spa, experience the sights, smells and tastes of the festival’s Global Market or simply enjoy the vintage rides at Carter's Original Steam Fair.
 
WOMAD will take place from the 25th to the 28th July 2013 at Charlton Park, Malmesbury in Wiltshire.
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