Tony Hillier returns from Adelaide from one of Australia’s leading music festivals – Womadelaide 2013 with tales of great music and the heat wave. WOMAD (World of Music, Arts & Dance) was established in 1982 by Peter Gabriel, one of the early Western champions of world music. 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.
Highlights include the performance by Mara! and The Martenitsa Choir. Over the past 30 years, Mara! has created a uniquely Australian fusion of roots and modern jazz, influenced by early music & rock, with a big nod in the direction of Anglo-Celtic, Middle Eastern, Balkan and Mediterranean traditions. Mara! has made regular appearances here in far north Queensland, and I have fond memories of their magical performance at Yungaburra at the Tablelands Folk Festival.
Amparo Sanchez was a Womadelaide 2013 favourite. She did 11 years with her influential band Amparanoia, and has now embarked on a striking solo project with an album called Tucson Habana. Amparo draws on her established roots-reggae-Cuban style and blends in Americana themes to deliver quirky & energetic music.
Jimmy Cliff is certainly reggae royalty, considered by many music lovers as one of its founding fathers. He made his first hit record at age 14, released by legendary Jamaican record producer Leslie Kong in 1962. Jimmy has written some of the best-known reggae songs and has worked with big name musicians from all over the world. He’s no slouch as an actor, starring as Ivanhoe Martin in the classic 1972 reggae film The Harder They Come.
Mara! & The Martenitsa Choir Tra Parole E Silenzio from Prima Della Sera
Amparo Sanchez Alma de Cantaora from Alma de Cantaora
Jimmy Cliff One More from Womadelaide 2013 compilation