Tag Archives: WOMAD

interviewed | On the couch with Constantinople

For nearly twenty years the ensemble Constantinople have explored musical diversity through the lens of ‘East meets West’, an ever changing melting pot, much like the city after which they are named.

We sat on the couch with Kiya Tabassian and Ablaye Cissoko backstage at WOMAD NZ.

Read our review and check out photographs from WOMAD NZ 2018.

SFS | 5 mins with Milly Tabak

The Miltones front-woman Milly Tabak took a break from writing her bluesy folk-rock ballads to chat with us about her band’s upcoming summer festival debut at WOMAD. You can also find them this summer at MarchFest in Nelson.

 

 

Describe your perfect summer music festival in three words

Mud, friends, dancing

Name the top three artists who would make up your ideal festival line-up

The Guess Who, Fleetwood Mac and Janis Joplin

What are you looking forward to most about playing the summer festival circuit?

Showcasing some of the new music we’ve been working on. I locked myself away this summer to write about some stuff I’ve been going through and it’s finally at the stage where I can share it with everyone!

In your opinion, what’s this year’s Summer Anthem?

All the Young Girls Love Alice – Elton John, always.

Out of all your tunes, which one is the one that ‘never fails’?

Gypsy Queen is always a crowd favourite.

What’s are the top 3 tracks on your Spotify playlist?

Nothings Wrong – Haim
Depths – Yumi Zouma
Outstanding – The Gap Band

What’s your personal ‘guilty pleasure’ track

I have sooo many!
That Don’t Impress Me Much – Shania Twain
Ignition – R. Kelly
Ride Wit Me – Nelly

What’s your social media of choice?

Instagram – I’m constantly deleting it off my phone so it doesn’t take over my life. I’m addicted to #cakeporn.

Who do you follow and where?

Anika Moa on Instagram because she’s a funny bitch! I even followed her all the way to America last month to attend the International Folk Alliance in Kansas and she had me in tears the entire time.

What’s your go-to festival outfit?

Anything by the amazing Brook Tyson. Her creations make me feel like a goddess! She’s actually just finished two new pieces for me to rock on stage at WOMAD!

Word association:

  • Music – Life
  • Festival – Dancing
  • Camping – New Years
  • Fashion –  @brooketysonnz
  • Roadie – Singing

Returning for it’s 14th year at the stunning TSB Bowl of Brooklands and Brooklands Park in New Plymouth, WOMAD New Zealand is a celebration of music, arts and dance from around the globe. Buy your tickets here.

SFS | 5 mins with My Bubba

Scandinavian folk duo, My Bubba make soft, soulful music that is playful as it is powerful. Their delicate and disarming creations form a collection of intimate stories, often described as a beguiling and contemporary take on folk music. We chat to them ahead of their WOMAD billing.

Describe your perfect summer music festival in three words
Deer, dancing, swimming hole

Name the top three artists who would make up your ideal festival line-up
Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon

What are you looking forward to most about playing the summer festival circuit?
Seeing more of Australia

In your opinion, what’s this year’s Summer Anthem?
The one with all the numbers off of Lambchop’s FLOTUS

Out of all your tunes, which one is the one that ‘never fails’?
Our Samoan clap dance song

What’s are the top 3 tracks on your Spotify playlist?
Right now its Pauline Oliveros 1, 2 and 3

What’s your personal ‘guilty pleasure’ track?
Love on top/Beyoncé

What’s your social media of choice?
Instagram

Who do you follow and where?
The moon

What’s your go-to festival outfit?
Loose linen dresses

Word association:
Music – beauty
Festival – sweaty smiles
Camping – zippers
Fashion – strange
Roadie – love ’em!

Returning for it’s 14th year at the stunning TSB Bowl of Brooklands and Brooklands Park in New Plymouth, WOMAD New Zealand is a celebration of music, arts and dance from around the globe. Buy your tickets here.

Been | Poppin’ my WOMAD cherry!

As I raced back to Auckland to catch the tail-end of another festival in what I can only describe as a tin can with wings, I paused to reflect on the WOMADness of the past day and a half, and I’m glad I gave into the FOMO epidemic that has gripped the nation (and my girlfriend).

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.