Seu Jorge, Toko Telo and Loyle Carner added to electrifying WOMAD line-up

Seu Jorge, Toko Telo and Loyle Carner added to electrifying WOMAD line-up

With just weeks to go before the most colourful global party in the world kicks off on a country estate in deepest Wiltshire, today WOMAD announces the final names to be playing the festival completing a stellar line up celebrating the best of the best of global music, as the full programme is revealed on the website.

One of Brazil’s most talented and acclaimed artists, Seu Jorge will be playing his only UK festival show at WOMAD, with his distinctive mix of samba, pop and gentle soul. Jorge is best known for his role in City of God, and then as the enigmatic David Bowie-singing sailor in Wes Anderson’s 2004 movie The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, which Jorge will pay tribute to in his WOMAD performance.

The beauty of a WOMAD event is discovering music you don’t yet know, sounds you never knew existed. In that spirit, hot tips for this year include the Malagasy super group Toko Telo, the extraordinary Finnish folk band Varttina Vocal Trio, who have been thrilling audiences for more than three decades with their unique vocal harmonies, exhilarating rhythms and imaginative acoustic arrangements, Spanish talent Prexton, who has made his name playing in ska and hip-hop bands before launching his current folk-oriented solo project and one of the forefathers of the UK dance scene, Joey Negro who will close the B&W stage on Saturday with a set of funk, disco and house to truly showcase Sound System’s bass range.

Joining them will be Loyle Carner, without a doubt one of the brightest rising stars on the UK hip-hop scene, with his debut album ‘Yesterday’s Gone’ released to critical acclaim in January this year. His confessional style, sensitive and eloquent rhymes and smart beats incorporate easy-going soul and laid-back jazz, creating his own school of UK rap that refuses to conform to the on-trend grime template.

Hitting up the Ecotricity stage on Sunday, Ifé is the latest project from African-American DJ and producer Mark Underwood, mixing traditional rumba and other island rhythms with electronic styles which draw on house and Jamaican dancehall. The result is a glorious otherworldly mash-up of ancient shamanistic roots and cutting-edge modernity.

Elsewhere, composer/musician Shye Ben Tzur and The Rajasthan Express, a group of Indian musicians, have combined to create Junun, a collaborative album showcasing Ben Tzur’s compositions which feature Sufi qawwal musicians who sing in Urdu as well as in his native Hebrew. Recorded earlier this year in a makeshift studio inside the 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, India, the album was made with Radiohead’s producer Nigel Godrich, who worked with the ensemble to create this two LP/CD album.

Over on the Big Red Stage, each evening is given over to the latest sounds stirring the planet’s club dancefloors. Among the highlights here will be Clap! Clap!, the Italian producer mixing global sounds with electronica, Brazilian-born DJ Markey and MC GQ who have been making waves on the London drum and bass scene for over two decades with their full-tilt club beats and laid-back house grooves and the trance sounds of Ifriqiyya Electrique who fuse ancient Tunisian rhythms and chants with 21st century global sounds.

The sizzling line-up can be seen all over the festival, with other high points including !!! (chk chk chk) bringing their fresh mash up of punk roots, funk, electronic dance styles and liberal sampling techniques from New York City to the Siam stage on Sunday, the irresistible Indian group The Ska Vengers whose rhythms of Jamaican ska with elements of dub, punk, jazz, rap and Latin music are sure to get the crowd jumping and psychedelic, enigmatic trance rock gods Goat, making their only UK festival appearance this summer.

And, looking as close to home as it’s possible, a couple of acts signed to WOMAD’s sister organisation Real World Records will join the party this year – the Mercury-nominated jazz-tinged instrumentalists Portico Quartet and the much-admired Joseph Arthur who has just released a 15th anniversary edition of his third album Redemption’s Son.

And for those who can’t make the festival, there is more coverage than ever before with BBC Radio 3 broadcasting performances from the diverse range of artists on the BBC 3 Charlie Gillett Stage, plus interviews and sets from the Siam Tent and Open Air Stage.

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