heard | our top picks for WOMAD 2016

Leaves are starting to turn, days are becoming (somewhat) shorter and there’s a slight chill in the air – for the NZ Festival scene, it can only mean one thing – WOMAD is upon us!

In its 12th year, the festival returns once again to Taranaki, to showcase different cultures through music – this year, WOMAD will transport you to over 20 countries over seven stages, with 30 acts performing over 3 days. It’s a festival like no other. With so much choice, we thought we’d pick out some of our not-to-be-missed acts for this year’s festival.

Hailing from France, Ludovic blends a complex concoction of blue, jazz and soul music with hypnotic electronic loops and vocal samples. Most famous for his first single, ‘Real Blues’ , which was played during Rolling Stones concerts

Hailing from Amityville, this trio has been influencing hip-hop since 1987. Their debut album saw the group raise to fame and become prominent members of the Zulu Nation. As hip-hop evolved, so did De La Soul – they even won a Grammy for their collaboration with Gorillaz on the single Feel Good Inc.

One of Bollywood’s most famous playback singers, Asha began her career at the tender age of 9. In 1981 she received her first National Film Award and in 2011, she was officially acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most recorded artist in music history, recording over 11,000 songs.

One of Aotearoa’s finest singers – Bic’s award winning song writing talent, intertwined with her melodic voice has made her a national treasure. She has three number one albums and she is currently writing her next album, which will be debuted at WOMAD!

Originally from Palestine, Jordan and Syria, 47Soul are an electro-mijwez, shamstep, choubi band. They have amazed and wowed audiences in Europe and the Middle East and they’re bringing their signature sound to WOMAD. Their music is rooted in Arab culture, fused with synthesizers, drum machines, guitar riffs and tripped out English and Arabic verses.

 WOMAD takes place at Brooklands Park & TSB Bowl this weekend.  Follow our updates on instagram and twitter.