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WOMADelaide releases full lineup for 2013

Thursday 22 November 2012

WOMADelaide releases full lineup for 2013
WOMADelaide this morning unveiled its full lineup for 2013, adding to the 29 acts announced last month. The acclaimed world music festival is held in Botanic Park in Adelaide between Friday March 8 to Monday 11. 

They include international acts African singer Salif Keita; Mali guitar hero Vieux Farka Touré; Colombian 12 piece salsa orchestra LA–33; Mali’s Bassekou Kouyate & his band Ngoni Ba; Illapu, who were exiled from Chile during Pinochet's brutal regime; Peru’s mixer of old and new traditions Novalima; Azerbaijan singer Alim Qasimov, and UK jazz-rappers The Herbaliser DJs. 

Australia is putting together a Sing Sing (a large musical gathering) of 16 Pacific nations, including Melbourne-based the Bull Sisters (Tonga), George Telek (PNG) and Darwin’s Ego Lemos (Timor Leste). The Australian contingent includes a team-up of Tim Rogers and the Bamboos, a rare show by drum n bass trio The Bird, Mia Dyson, Clairy Browne & the Bangin' Rackettes and Northern Territory’s emerging act East Journey. 

The 2013 event introduces two new programs: a late night lounge showcasing Adelaide ambient electronica DJs and musicians, and a series of environmental discussions called The Planet Talks. Said festival director Ian Scobie: “We believe The Planet Talks is an obvious extension to our already global program and that it will provide a valuable forum for everyone to engage in a discussion about the many environmental issues facing us all.” 

In June, a study by Economic Research Consultants found that this year’s Womadelaide injected $11.1 million into the South Australia economy. Nearly half of the 87.500 who attended came from interstate, and on average stayed for six nights or more.

- by Christie Eliezer, The Music Network