The Womad line-up looks as fabulous as ever. If I end up going I’d like to see Gilberto Gil, Tamikrest, Ondatropica, Mala and Kissmet but I’m sure I’d end up discovering a whole load of other more beautiful, exciting, innovative and evocative musicians.
There is Alice Russell, Rokia Traore and Sam Lee to name just three more that I happen to have heard of. See the whole shebang here. There will be lots more announced in the weeks and months to come.
If you even have a passing interest in music of non-Anglo-Saxon origin and you are not looking for a festival’s more risque pursuits then you should go. You may miss some edginess but sometimes being comfortable is nice. And then there’s the music….