Photography by Tom Askew-Miller
Oumou Sangaré, Alsarah & the Nubatones and the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians get the party going on Friday at WOMAD Charlton Park
Saturday morning at Charlton Park, head slightly fuzzy after Friday night’s shenanigans but at least the clothes have just about dried out after the evening’s downpour. However it takes more than a bit of wet weather to dampen WOMAD festival-goers’ spirit.
Friday kicked off with members of the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians on the Open Air Stage then there was some raucous klezmer from London-based band Don Kipper – the first act on the BBC Radio 3 Charlie Gillett stage. Two recent Songlines coverstars were among the highlights of the day – Mali’s Oumou Sangaré on the Open Air Stage and Alsarah with her band the Nubatones over in the arboretum, on the Ecotricity stage. But the joy of the ever eclectic WOMAD programme is there are always random new discoveries to be made as you wander around the site.
Two acts that left a notable impression yet were completely unknown to me were The New York Theremin Society on the Bowers & Wilkins Sound System stage and the wonderfully weird but slightly bonkers Goat from Sweden in the Siam tent who definitely get the prize for best costumes and masks. And Orkesta Mendoza’s Salvador Duran wins the award for the most flamboyant maracas playing I’ve seen in a long time! The most touching moment of the day came when a longtime Songlines subscriber came to the stand, mentioned in passing to the team that the only back issue he was missing from his collection was the first issue whereby the always eager to please publisher made a quick dash to his secret stash and then presented the loyal subscriber with a pristine copy of the very same issue from 1999 – now a collector’s item. The Songlines team always aims to please!
Saturday’s weather forecast is not looking too good but at least there’s plenty of cracking music lined up. Things on the list to check out today are Colombia’s Grupo Canalón de Timbiquí, the Indian singer Parvathy Baul who is bound to entrance the crowd and festival faves and Songlines Music Award winners Afro Celt Sound System. It looks set to be another corker of a day!
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Did you know… Elton John once spent £293,000 over a 20 month period on flowers. (thanks to thisdayinmusic.com)
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John from mandersmedia
Welcome to this week Price Reductions at mandesmedia, don’t forget, if you wish to see everything in stock for £1 or under, go to mandersmedia.cheap
Unknown Artist – Disco Gold (Effects) 4xLP, Comp was £10.00, now £3.00
Cat Stevens – Greatest Hits (Island Records) Cass, Comp was £8.45, was £4.50
Various – Sixties Mania (Telstar) Cass, Comp was £2.60, now £1.00
Blondie / Deborah Harry – The Complete Picture – The Very Best Of Deborah Harry And Blondie (Chrysalis, Chrysalis) Cass, Comp was £3.61, now £2.00
Various – Sixties Mania (Telstar) Cass, Comp was £1.80, now £1.00
Billy Joel – An Innocent Man (CBS) 7″, Single, Inj was £0.75, now £0.50
Various – Sixties Mania (Telstar) Cass, Comp was £3.27, now £1.00
Pussycat (2) – Mississippi (Sonet) 7″, Single, Sol was £0.53, now £0.42
Various – Action Replay (K-Tel) LP, Comp, Orl was £1.53, now £1.21
Stacie Orrico – Stuck (Virgin, ForeFront Records) CD, Maxi, Enh was £1.00, now £0.62
50 Cent – In Da Club (Shady Records, Aftermath Entertainment, Interscope Records) CD, Single, Enh, Uni was £0.45, now £0.34
Murray Perahia – A Portrait Of Murray Perahia (CBS Masterworks) LP, Comp was £7.84, now £5.99
Various – Walt Disney’s The Happiest Millionaire: Original Cast Soundtrack (Buena Vista Records) LP, Album, Mono was £6.77, now £0.50
The Dresden State Symphony Orchestra* Conducted By Fritz Schreiber / Ludwig van Beethoven – Bethoven’s Third Symphony “Eroica” In E Flat Major, Opus 55 (Allegro Records) LP, Mono was £5.45, now £3.90
Ja Rule Feat. R. Kelly & Ashanti – Wonderful (The Inc Records) CD, Single was £0.88, now £0.38
La Belle Epoque* – Black Is Black (Harvest) 7″, Single was £0.47, now £0.34
Art Garfunkel – Bright Eyes (CBS) 7″, Single, Sol was £0.68, now £0.38
Various – Saturday Night Fever (RSO) Cass, Comp was £2.99, now £1.25
Ash – Oh Yeah (Infectious Records) Cass was £1.45, now £1.00
Simon & Garfunkel – Simon & Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits (CBS) Cass, Comp was £3.82, now £1.97
Bon Jovi – Cross Road The Best Of Bon Jovi (Mercury) Cass, Comp was £1.59, now £0.72
Erasure – The Two Ring Circus (Mute) Cass, Album was £3.82, now £2.99
Björk – Debut (One Little Indian) Cass, Album was £5.29, now £4.22
No Doubt – Tragic Kingdom (Interscope Records, Trauma Records (2)) Cass, Album was £4.21, now £3.05
Big Audio Dynamite – No. 10 Upping St. (CBS) Cass, Album was £3.75, now £2.10
Men At Work – Business As Usual (Epic, Epic) Cass, Album was £4.00, now £2.12
Hanson – Middle Of Nowhere (Mercury) CD, Album was £0.58, now £0.45
George Michael – Fastlove (Virgin, Virgin) CD, Single, Dig was £2.29, now £0.48
JJ72 – JJ72 (Lakota Recordings) CD, Album was £0.76, now £0.35
Baddiel*, Skinner* & The Lightning Seeds* – 3 Lions ’98 (Epic) CD, Single was £0.35, now £0.22
Loretta*, Dolly*, Tammy* – Honky Tonk Angels (Columbia) CD, Album was £4.88, now £2.57
Fun Lovin’ Criminals – Come Find Yourself (Chrysalis, Chrysalis, Silver Spotlight Records) CD, Album was £2.00, now £1.12
Jem – Finally Woken (ATO Records, ATO Records) CD, Album was £1.70, now £0.90
Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols (Virgin, Virgin) CD, Album, RE, RM was £4.50, now £2.63
Roger Waters – The Wall (Live In Berlin) (Universal Music International Division) DVD-V, S/Edition, Multichannel, PAL, Reg was £10.56, now £8.05
That’s the price reductions for this week, see you next time…
John from mandersmedia
Mamas And The Papas singer Cass Elliot died in her sleep from a heart attack after playing a sold out show in London, England. She was staying at Harry Nilson’s London flat when she died. Her solo hits included ‘Dream a Little Dream of Me,’ which also featured the rest of The Mamas and The Papas and ‘It’s Getting Better’. Had also been a member of The Mugwumps.