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WOMADelaideTony 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.

Mara Band Karen camp cove pathHighlights 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.

amparoAmparo 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 cliffJimmy 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.

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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

TONY HILLIER CASTTony 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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