BALKANS SUPERGROUP AND ELECTRO SWING STARS LEAD SECOND WOMADELAIDE 2017 PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT

WOMADelaide, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017 from 10-13 March, today announced the second round of a further 27 groups in the lineup for next year’s festival, including headline shows from the Balkans’ gypsy-rock supergroup Emir Kusturica & the No Smoking Orchestra and Austrian electro-swing pioneers Parov Stelar.

Leading the charge is the feisty 11-piece Serbian band headed by controversial filmmaker Emir Kusturica, who has twice won the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival. Emir Kusturica & the No Smoking Orchestra are a genre-defying and irreverent band whose frantic ‘unza, unza’ versions of rumba, rock and gypsy music are incredibly entertaining and slightly mad.

Austria’s electro-swing stars Parov Stelar, fronted by singer Cleo Panther, will make their Australian debut exclusive to WOMADelaide. Their insanely catchy music that has been used in advertising campaigns across the world with joyous horns and sophisticated style, has the sass and panache of 1920s cabaret, with modern-day dance floor appeal.

In total contrast comes one of the greatest African stars of her generation, the majestic and gifted Oumou Sangare. Endearingly referred to as the ‘Songbird from Wassoulou’, Sangare’s music is funky and vibrant but her lyrics always challenge convention; from bold expressions of sensuality to passionately advocating for women’s rights.

A glance across the other artists announced today sees the WOMADelaide debut of Baba ZuLa’s psychedelic Turkish rock n roll; Nattali Rize, the new Jamaican reggae project for Natali Pa’ap’a ex Blue King Brown; the sassy brass of New Orleans street band in the Hot 8 Brass Band and the stunning vocals of Sahrawi singer-activist Aziza Brahim.

Australian artists will include:- the dreamy new Angus Stone side project, Dope Lemon; the loops and soundscapes of D D Dumbo and the socially-conscious hip-hop of L-FRESH The Lion and “Attractor” from Queensland’s Dancenorth and leading choreographers Gideon Obarzanek and Lucy Guerin.
Together with Indonesia’s Javanese trance musicians Senyawa, Attractor will take audiences on a trance- noise odyssey transcending the borders of dance, music and ritual. Commissioned through the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative with Arts Centre Melbourne’s Asia TOPA, Brisbane Festival and WOMADelaide, this immersive work will presented on a special ‘surround’ stage where the demarcation between dancer and audience dissolves as the performance transitions into a large-scale dance event.

The festival site will also host the extraordinary installation Giidanyba by Indigenous artist Tyrone Sheather, an extraordinary sound and visual installation using ancient stories and new technology, where sound and light are made responsive to the movement of the audience moving through seven floating ‘sky beings’ representing his spiritual ancestors and Gumbaynggirr Dreaming culture.

“Since 1992 WOMADelaide has always been an extraordinary meeting point of cultures, performances and artistic creativity from around the world and the artists announced today truly showcase this diversity of cultural experience for the widest possible audience” said WOMADelaide director Ian Scobie

“To be able to have Dancenorth’s Attractor presented alongside Turkish rock and roll, one of Mali’s most stunning vocalists & cultural ambassadors, and Austrian electro-swing truly epitomizes the cultural diversity of WOMADelaide.”

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