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7th April 2016

John Grant confirmed for Malmesbury's WOMAD Festival

Plus Roots Manuva, Les Amazones D’afrique, Charles Bradley and Ana Tijoux

This year's WOMAD at Charlton Park is shaping up and the next wave of musical performers has just been announced.
 
Previously singer with Denver indie-rockers The Czars, John Grant has emerged as a singer-songwriter in his own right. His 2010 album Queen Of Denmark – a deeply personal offering paved the way for a breakthrough and since then John’s star has continued to ascend, as has his fascination with electronica. 

John Grant
John Grant
 
Charles Bradley is another artist for whom the last few years have been remarkable, after a lifetime of dead-end jobs, the soulman was picked up by Daptone Records, the New York label that brought belated elation to the likes of Sharon Jones and Lee Fields. Now Charles brings his glorious honey-and-sandpaper voice to Wiltshire for the next step in his journey.
 
There are glorious voices a-plenty in the ranks of the all-woman supergroup Les Amazones D’afrique. Behind the name are some of the greatest female singers to emerge from Mali; Grammy award-winning Oumou Sangare is no stranger to WOMAD, having graced our stage many times over the decades, and bandmate Mariam Doumbia is best known as one-half of Amadou & Mariam. Malian jewel Kandia Kouyaté will also be bringing her hypnotic, emotional tones to the stage and completing the stellar group is the stunning voices of Rokia Koné and former member of Salif Keita’s band, Mamani Keita.
 
Ana Tijoux is one of the most significant rappers, born to Chilean parents who fled the brutal Pinochet regime in the 1970s, her music is shot through with an innate grasp of politics and injustice, tackling subjects not often confronted by other artists. Her song 1977 was one of the musical highlights of Breaking Bad.
 
There’s a very strong case for declaring Roots Manuva to be one of the UKs greatest rappers. Born and bred in London, his impressive body of work has spawned countless UK rap anthems over the years, jam-packed full of original lyrics and heavy and humorous themes.

Roots Manuva
Roots Manuva
 
WOMAD is far from being all about the big names on the big stages. Little known musical gems can be found in every corner of the site, from Vietnamese protest performers to Sardinian choirs, other acts just announced are Broadway Sounds, Chouk Bwa Libète, Cuncordu e Tenore de Orosei, Hanoi Masters, Heartbeat, Hindi Zahra, La Mambanegra, Lura, Mercedes Peón, N’Diale, Sons Of Kemet, Soom T, Wiyaala and Xaos.

Tickets for WOMAD 2016 available from the Festival Website
Adult Weekend £175
Disabled Adult Weekend £175
SN16 Resident Weekend £120
Teenage Weekend £85 (14-17 years) 
Children 13 and under free
WOMAD Spa Ticket £125
Thursday £35
Campervan £70
Park & Camp £75
La-Di-Dah Loos £25

WOMAD Festival takes place at Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wiltshire from the 28th to the 31st July 2016
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