Soloman Burke heads up WOMAD 2009

Soloman Burke heads up this year's WOMAD line-up, which also includes Ethiopiques, Fat Freddy's Drop and Nneka.

Dub Colossus have also been confirmed alongside Oumou Sangare and Rokia Traore, who both come from Mali.

India’s Darbar Morchang Party and Gypsies of Rajasthan are also set for the world music event alongside French artists Hindi Zahra and Caravan Palace.

Other names from around the globe include A Filletta (Corsica), Acetre (Spain), Andy White (Northern Ireland), Ba Cissoko (Guinea/Conakry), Besh o droM (Hungary), and The Black Arm Band (Australia).

Dhoad Enkh Jargal
(Mongolia), Etran Finatawa (Niger), Mariem Hassan (Western Sahara), Victor Démé (Burkina Faso) and Wang Li (China) will also play the World Of Music And Dance festival along with UK stars Mad Professor Dub Show, Portico Quartet, RSD featuring Joe Peng and Spiro.

Speaking about today’s announcement, festival director Chris Smith said: "Whether you are looking for the excitement of the main stage experience or keen to discover something new, WOMAD 2009 has some of the very best and most exciting music from around the world. This is going to be one great festival."

The festival’s Taste The World tent is set to return which gives artists the chance to show off their cooking skills and which often turns into an impromptu gig.

The drum n bass tent is set to return for 2009 with yoga classes and salsa lessons as well as big names in the dance genre.

The World of Kids will have the usual comprehensive programme of workshops, entertainment and activities being held throughout the weekend and the magnificent Children’s Parade.

WOMAD 2009 will take place at Charlton Park, Wiltshire from 25-27 July.

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