Monday, 19 January 2009




According to today's thunderous Gulf News (650g), WOMAD is coming to the Emirates! A three day world music festival will take place in Abu Dhabi in April, put together by the organisation to promote 'world' music set up by the rather talented Mr. Peter Gabriel. WOMAD (World of Music and Dance) has been breaking new artists from around the world, and particularly its more far-flung locales, for something like 26 years now. Everyone always goes on about how it discovered Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Youssou D'Nour, but I've always been more of an Afro Celt Sound Machine fan, myself.

The National adds that the festival will start with a gig at Al Ain's Al Jahili Fort but, like GN, gives no dates for the 3-day festival.

This is a real coup for the chaps and chapesses over at the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) and should be a truly fantastic event. We await dates and acts - but this is potentially a great platform for the region's more 'traditional' musicians, as well as artistes like Toufiq Faroukh and even possibly bands from the region such as Arab/rock fusion outfit Blend...

PS: Anyone interested in WOMAD and the gigs can log into and get on the mailing list or wander around in the forums and bibble about music and stuff.


the real nick said...

thanks for telling - I don't read local newspapers. brilliant news. right up my street, this kind of stuff.

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Mr Hobnob said...

Yaaaaaaaaay! As a Readingensian I've had to put up with all the dross that the Festival has delivered since when it was last good.... about '79.

And then came along WOMAD as the second major fest of the county town of Royal Berkshire.... and rainbows have never looked brighter.

Natacha Atlas and TGU c. '96. Best. Gig. Ever.

Tents are packed. Kids are braided and face painted. In the words of Republica: "Ready to go!"

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