The world comes to Womad

This Is Wiltshire: The world comes to Womad The world comes to Womad

HE is arguably reggae’s greatest living singer, a national hero in Jamaica... and is coming to a field near you! Jimmy Cliff joins another impressively exotic and eclectic global line-up at this year’s WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) in Wiltshire this weekend. Recently lauded by ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr as the Jamaican Dylan, Cliff, now 64, is on the comeback trail with a new album, Re.Birth. The owner of one of the most distinctive and uplifting voices in pop, he is also a songwriter of some distinction with a string of distinguished self-penned songs to his credit; Many Rivers To Cross, You Can Get It If You Really Want and The Harder They Come. The latter, from 1972’s cult gangsta flick of the same name (in which he starred) propelled Cliff and Jamaican music to the wider world... and opened the door for the global success of his friend Bob Marley. Another Cliff classic, Vietnam, remains one of pop’s definitive anti-war songs. The 30th WOMAD at Charlton Park, near Malmesbury, (around 30 minutes from Swindon) stars another artist who helped define his own l From page 1 particular genre. Trumpet player Hugh Masekela has been one of the pioneers of South African jazz-funk music for more than four decades... long before the term world music was coined. Offbeat, bizarre and perhaps a little crazy: The Manganiyar Seduction by Roysten Abel will feature more than 40 musicians in separate pods which will light up when each member plays or sings. All this and Robert Plant’s new band too. The full programme, times and admission prices are available at womad.org. – BARRY LEIGHTON

Comments (1)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

7:37pm Thu 26 Jul 12

itsamess3 says...

What a great festival it has been--and will remain so if our police dont try to spoil it year after year with vexatious appeals against the alcohol licence part of the 2 companies involved in applications for licences.
Of course they had to back down or the festival would have been lost to Malmesbury and along with it the revenue it brings to that area.
The people of Malmesbury love it-as does the town council and the District Council who issued all the appropriate licences as the venue is known as the safest and most crime free festival in the country as it is a very family friendly venue--see you all there i hope and for years to come.
What a great festival it has been--and will remain so if our police dont try to spoil it year after year with vexatious appeals against the alcohol licence part of the 2 companies involved in applications for licences. Of course they had to back down or the festival would have been lost to Malmesbury and along with it the revenue it brings to that area. The people of Malmesbury love it-as does the town council and the District Council who issued all the appropriate licences as the venue is known as the safest and most crime free festival in the country as it is a very family friendly venue--see you all there i hope and for years to come. itsamess3
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree