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Tony Hillier heads to Adelaide this weekend for one of Australia’s leading music festivals – Womadelaide 2013. WOMAD (World of Music, Arts & Dance) was established in 1982 by Peter Gabriel, one of the early Western champions of world music. WOMAD launched a record label, and music festivals around the world. Womadelaide began in 1992. It’s now an annual event, renowned for its friendly vibe and its ability to attract the best acts from all over the planet.

LAUThis week Tony previews some of the acts appearing at Womadelaide 2013, starting with a band right at the centre of the recent folk music revival. Lau started out with three blokes playing a few songs around their kitchen table in Edinburgh nine years ago. They’ve reached out from Scotland to attract audiences and win critical acclaim.

Marie BoineMari Boine sings in the Sami language of far northern Norway. She began dreaming of making music after hearing Doris Day and Otis Redding on Radio Luxembourg. She overcame parental opposition and discrimination against the Sami people to become a compelling performer and one of her country’s best known artists. Mari’s 1990 album Gula Gula was released on Peter Gabriel’s Real World label, and she’s been a much-loved presence on the world music scene ever since.

souad-massiSouad Massi is an Algerian singer song-writer who played with a very political band called Atakor. Death threats forced her to leave her home-land. Souad had listened to a lot of American country and roots music as a child, those sounds blend with more Eastern styles in her music. She sings in several languages, often in the same song. Listen to Souad live on US radio here

GORANGoran Bregovic was born in Sarajevo where he learned violin as a child, but it was the guitar that captured his heart & his imagination. He played guitar in a rock band and composed film scores before finding international success as a solo performer. Goran stretches notions of traditional Balkan musical styles to create a unique sound that transcends borders and categories.


Lau                  Throwing Pennies       from the album Race The Loser

Mari Boine           Lene Majja                 from the album An Introduction To Mari Boine

Souad Massi        Nekreh El Keld            from the album Raoui (The Story-teller)

Goran Bregovic       Presidente               from the album Champagne for Gypsies

More about Womadelaide 2013 at

Tony Hillier is one of Australia’s leading music journalists and a musician of long standing here in far north Queensland. His informed and insightful coverage of music features in The Weekend Australian and Rhythms magazine .

Tony Hillier’s World of Music is also available as a podcast. Search for Tony Hillier on your podcast app or in the iTunes store. And you can stay in touch with the FNQ music scene with Tony at


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