Womadelaide has shared a taste of its 2019 program, revealing 19 acts from 14 countries that will grace Botanic Park next year.
Headlining is three-time Grammy winner Angelique Kidjo, who will follow up her 2016 appearance with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra with a performance of her reinterpretation of Talking Heads’ landmark album Remain in Light – a record heavily influenced by the music of West Africa. The New York Times called Kidjo’s full-circle deconstruction – which took rock back to its birthplace with Afrobeat horns and percussion – “transformative”.
Also returning is French company Artonik with its homage to India’s Holi festival, The Colour of Time. The joyous, processional kaleidoscope of dance, music and colour will culminate each night in a huge finale where vibrant shades of gulal powder are thrown into the air, colouring passers-by.
Other highlights include international supergroup Silk Road Ensemble, which was founded by acclaimed cellist Yo Yo Ma and features musicians from more than 20 countries, and the Australian debut of cinematic, psychedelic Texan trio Khruangbin.
From closer to home, the Fremantle-born John Butler Trio will return to the festival after 11 years to premiere, fittingly, their new album Home. And the 35-strong Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir will sing centuries-old German hymns in Western Arrarnta and Pitjantjatjara. Sydney singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin and Adelaide rapper Tkay Maidza round out the homegrown talent.
Womadelaide runs from March 8 to 11 at Botanic Park. The full program will be announced in November.