This year Radio WOMAD are pulling out all the stops and coming to you LIVE at home online, streaming via Mixcloud. Rather than listening in the campsite, or on your way to site in your car you can tune in from the comfort of your very own home and garden, and get the same WOMAD spirit!
Listen out for exclusive sessions from artists that have performed at WOMAD over the past ten years as well as a fantastic selection of tracks from around the world.
Feast your eyes on the Radio WOMAD Schedule and find out who is broadcasting, and when over the weekend. You can plan which live sessions you’d like to hear too! The broadcast will run from 10am – 10pm on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th July 2021.
Some of the artists who were due to perform at WOMAD will bring instead the spirt of WOMAD to audiences on air, with live and exclusive studio sessions from BBC Broadcasting House for Radio 3.
Among those taking part in the first programme are Italian collective Amaraterra with pizzica music from the country’s south-eastern region, Welsh guitarist Gwenifer Raymond – specialist in the American primitive fingerstyle – and Electric Jalaba – a fusion of traditional gnawa and electronic dance and featuring the vocals and guimbri playing of Simo Lagnawi.
In the second programme, there will be live sets from Egyptian-born Australian oud virtuoso Joseph Tawadros; Japanese vocalist Hatis Noit, who draws on everything from Gagaku and opera to Bulgarian and Gregorian chant; and Elaha Soroor & Kefaya, a new take on Afghan folk with influences from jazz, dub and electronica.
“We are delighted to be working with WOMAD and so many of its artists to create a WOMAD experience on Radio 3. Music of many international cultures is a distinctive and vital part of our output. It will be a pleasure to showcase so much extraordinary music making from our BBC studio, and to recreate the spirit of this wonderful festival.” — Alan Davey, BBC Radio 3 Controller
Saturday 24 July
Music Planet: WOMAD special: Amaraterra, Gwenifer Raymond, Electric Jalaba
4pm-6pm BBC Radio 3
Sunday 25 July
Music Planet – WOMAD special: Joseph Tawadros, Hatis Noit, Elaha Soroor & Kefaya
Many of our fabulous WOMAD family have reached out to ask if there is anything they can do to help us… We ordered over 3000 ‘WOMATS’ as part of our Covid safe plan and they’ve just been delivered in 200 boxes!! So it would be really helpful if our wonderful WOMAD family would look at buying one!
At 1.45m x 1.4m the mats were designed so festival goers could mark out their safe space while at Charlton Park. They are waterproof, making them great wipe-clean picnic blankets for the summer. Show your love for WOMAD and bring your WOMat everywhere you go this summer by buying one (or maybe more!) for all the family. Grab yours whilst you can for £14.99 plus p&p.