Photography by Suzie Blake

Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Oumou Sangaré, Inna de Yard, Toots & the Maytals, Eliza Carthy, the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians and many more perform at WOMAD Charlton Park this weekend

With just days to go until the UK’s premier world music gathering, the Songlines team are gearing up for four days of festivities at WOMAD Charlton Park. Another fantastic line-up awaits as a multitude of artists from around the globe will take to the stage, including the legendary Ladysmith Black Mambazo, roots Reggae collective Inna de Yard, folk singer-songwriter Eliza Carthy, the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians, and a welcome return from Malian superstar Oumou Sangaré. Renowned as an event for all ages, a range of family-friendly activities are also on offer, including tree climbing sessions, yoga, music workshops and, new for 2017, the Giant Wheel at WOMAD. 

If you’re not able to make it, you can keep up-to-date with the latest news and events by following the Songlines team on Twitter and Facebook. To view the full line-up, visit womad.co.uk or download the free WOMAD mobile app.

Once again we’ve partnered with independent record store Rise and will be hosting artists signings for the Siam and Open Air stages. Artists confirmed include Michael League and Malika Tirolien’s new supergroup Bokanté, Ghanaian master drummers Kakatsitsi, members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and Mexican/American cumbia collective Orkesta Mendoza. You can download your own artist CD signing timetable here.


You can download your own artist CD signing timetable here.


And don’t forget that we’ll be selling copies of The Guardian and Observer throughout the festival (Fri-Sun inclusive) from both Songlines stands (next to the BBC Radio 3 Charlie Gillett Stage and inside the Rise Records shop), so be sure to drop by for a morning chat with the team!

Below are some of the acts we are looking forward to the most, and an exclusive Apple Music and Spotify playlist to give you a taste of what’s to come.




from Songlines World Music News
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