Friday, December 19th, 2008
For one weekend each March, thousands of people from across Australia gather for WOMADelaide, to be enlightened and entertained by performances by musicians, dancers, street theatre and visual artists from all corners of the globe.

From 6–8 March, 2009 Adelaide’s stunning Botanic Park will once again be transformed for two nights and three days, showcasing 380 spectacular artists from more than 30 countries. Music and dance performances and workshops across seven open air stages will sit alongside over 100 international food, crafts and display stalls, street theatre, performance installations, visual arts, KidZone, forums and more.

WOMADelaide Event Director Ian Scobie announced the International guests artists today, stating “We are thrilled to announce the return of two very special guest artists to our program for 2009. Neil Finn and Rokia Traore will headline the WOMADelaide 2009 festival”.

Neil Finn, who last performed at WOMADelaide with Crowded House in 1993, will perform as a solo artist on Sunday March 8 and will undoubtedly play some of his most memorable songs from the amazing catalogue of his work.

Peerless among pop’s most crafty modern songwriters, Neil Finn has created gorgeous contemporary anthems that endure, from the songs of Split Enz and Crowded House to solo works and recordings with his brother Tim. His songs stand the test of time, an irresistible meld of melody and incisive words that strike at the heart and head of music lovers spanning generational divides.

And we are very pleased to be able to once again present the wonderful Rokia Traore from Mali, who performed at WOMADelaide in 2005.

Her recent concerts in Europe and the UK have had the critics raving. With her twangy Gretsch electric guitar, singer-songwriter Rokia Traore has transformed Western conceptions of West African music, introducing a blues and rock edge to a still noticeable African sound. While she sings in the Malian language Bambara, her experimental sound declares that she is not a Malian traditional singer, but a true modern original.

The State Government plays a wonderful role in bringing WOMADelaide to South Australia, delighting local audiences as well as attracting many national and international attendees with its lush setting in picturesque Botanic Park.

Premier of South Australia and Minister for the Arts, Mr Mike Rann states, “WOMADelaide holds a unique place among all the wonderful festivals that South Australia has to offer. WOMADelaide engenders a spirit that is as much about hope and harmony in diversity as it is a celebration of music, art, dance and food”.

With Neil Finn and Rokia Traore headlining the festival, WOMADelaide 2009 will undoubtedly be heaven on earth!

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Neil Finn and Rokia Traore will headline the WOMADelaide 2009 festival!


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