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WOMAD 2001


Justin Adams - 7/29/2001
Justin Adams is a distinguished and unique guitarist from England whose music creates an utterly innovative Anglo-Arabic Blues Fusion. Justin performed at WOMAD USA as part of Robert Plant's fantastic new band line-up. Together with Salah Dawson, he presented his own evocative and sinuous instrumental music. Dawson Salah is a hand-percussionist of huge experience and is a long-term collaborator with Justin Adams.

Obo Addy - 7/29/2001
Born and raised in Ghana, Obo Addy now lives in Portland, OR. He and his group taught dance and drumming workshops at WOMAD 2001.

Amizade - 7/29/2001
Amizade bring us universal rhythms from Brazil led by Mendonca and Seattle based Santos Neto - featuring special guest, the percussionist and capoeira master Mestre Barro.

Baul Bishwa - 7/29/2001
A tradition of music and spirituality seven generations deep, the Bauls are a nomadic people from Bengal in northern India. "Baul" means "crazy" and with the Bauls, the normal meditative idea of Indian music is utterly confounded. This is festive, robust and accessible music designed to reach out to the listener to create thoughts of beauty and moments of inspiration - a true way of life that sees God and love as the very force of music.

Afro-Celt Sound System - 7/29/2001
After a triumphant WOMAD USA debut in 1999, the innovators of "Tribal Electronica" return to Marymoor Park in a joyful meeting of Afro-Celtic roots and high technology. The Afro-Celts have now taken their inventive blend of West African, Breton and Irish music to every continent in the world. Their fantastic stage-craft – James McNally’s bodhran spurring kora player N’Faly Kouyate onto greater heights, Iarla O Lionaird’s pure vocals cutting through Simon Emmerson’s programmed beats – brings a new dimension to the rich textures of the albums.

Raul Barboza - 7/29/2001
Two of the world's finest accordion players, Flaco Jimenez and Spain's Kepa Junkera, played at the 1998 Rivermead festival. In 1999 it was the turn of Raul Barboza, a virtuoso musician from Argentina. Argentina is, of course, the home of the tango, a style that is known the world over. But there is another indigenous Argentine music, chamamé, and it's this music that Raul Barboza has played, and even come to define, for the past 50 years.

Ifang Bondi - 7/29/2001
Be yourself – that’s what their name means, and that’s what this award-winning Gambian group does. Dazzling percussion underpins crystalline kora. Wild riti fiddling leaps joyously alongside high-energy guitar and keyboard wizardry. Haunting vocals pull it all together, and the whole glowing musical tapestry is what can only be described as West African music at its best.

Chemirani Zarb Trio - 7/29/2001
Featuring Djamchid Chemirani and his two sons Keyvan and Bijan, the men of Chemirani Zarb Trio are spellbinding masters of the zarb drum. The zarb drum has as many notes as a piano, a melodic range of four octaves, and is the oldest Middle-Eastern percussion instrument. The deft fingers of a virtuoso like Djamchid can coax a multiplicity of notes from the drum and produce blurring flourishes that leave audiences gasping in amazement.

Martin Cradick of Baka Beyond - 7/29/2001
Cradled in the heart of the African rainforest lives one of the oldest and most sensitive musical cultures on earth. The music of the Baka pygmies is very special and has profoundly influenced all who have come in contact with it. You can hear it within the music of the Baka's neighbours in West Africa and, by a process of diffusion, you can find it in American blues and western popular music.

Clarence Fountain - 7/29/2001
More than Gospel, this is the music of the deepest South, bearing also the roots of blues and the rich heritage of Africa. Centered on the legendary voice and spirituality of Clarence Fountain, the Blind Boys were formed in Alabama more than fifty years ago. Now, the Blind Boys communicate their transporting harmonies and deeply spiritual songs to audiences all over the world, with their most recent CD release on Real World Records bringing them even more international acclaim.

DJ Peretz - 7/29/2001
Front man of Jane's Addiction talks about his influences as a DJ and past, current and future projects.

Peter Gabriel - 7/29/2001
Co-founding WOMAD in 1981, Peter has also found a truly special place in music as a result of his unparalleled gift for musical collaboration. With Youssou N'Dour and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, among many others, Peter has created an intensely emotive genre of song and music which truly defies categorization. Peter’s guest appearance with The Afro Celt Sound System at WOMAD USA 2001 [was] his first American performance in more than eight years.

Isaac Hayes - 7/29/2001
That's right...it's the legend himself! He started his music career at Stax Records in Memphis, TN. Since then he's tried his hand at acting (the voice of South Park's Chef), cooking, and has even accepted the responsibilities as a king of Ghana!

Pina Kollars - 7/29/2001
Pina Kollars has one of the most evocative and expressive voices in modern folk music.

Lo'Jo - 7/29/2001
Lo’Jo is one of the most unusual bands ever to emerge from France. Musically, the band embraces North African song and percussion, dub, rock and Romany violin. Lyrically...songs include French, English, Spanish...and words that just sound right, even if they don’t really exist! The seven-piece band also includes two Berber sisters whose astonishing close harmony is one of Lo’Jo’s most distinctive features. With a Caribbean bassist and French violin player, the line-up is truly multicultural.

La Familia Valera Miranda - 7/29/2001
The Familia Valera Miranda are six musicians from the Oriente region of Cuba, which is geographically close to Haiti and Jamaica. It’s a region whose dominant musical form, son, is also different from that around Havana. Son displays Cuba’s Hispanic culture through its instruments – the guitar, double bass and tres, a guitar with three double strings – and its African heritage through the call and response style of the songs. But, although it is a mixture of influences, son is unquestionably a Cuban style that is not replicated anywhere else. And its light, infectious rhythms are well suited to an English summer festival, as anyone who saw Sierra Maestra here three years ago will tell you.

Lagbaja - 7/29/2001
One of Nigeria’s foremost contemporary artists, proclaiming a strong ethos of unity and social co-operation – Lagbaja and his band blend Afro-beat, jazz & pop music.

Barbara Luna - 7/29/2001
With a passionate, intense and yet melodic voice, Barbara Luna crafts beautiful songs that draw deeply from her childhood in rural northern Argentina. Her music has distinct echoes of Tango, but touches upon other roots and rhythms, notably Milonga and the Candombe rhythms of African Paraguay and Uruguay.

Oysterband - 7/29/2001
One of England’s great live bands, the soul of The Oyster Band is rooted deeply in the traditional music of the British Isles. They sing and play with a unique integrity, passion and emotional intensity, the five-piece line-up featuring voices, violin, accordion, banjo, guitar, bass and drums. The Oyster Band has developed and refined its super-energetic sound of folk, rock and conscious music over the last twenty years; touring constantly to an ever-growing international audience. "In my time we’ve drunk away a century, In my time we’ve tried to walk it honestly . . ."

Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction) - 7/29/2001
Former Jane's Addiction drummer talks about the band and possible reunion!

Puentes Brothers - 7/29/2001
Non–identical twins Alexis and Adonis Puentes have grown up playing the Cuban dance music "Son". With their debut CD, Morumba Cubana, both have developed the style with a series of brilliantly arranged, passionate performances.

Simon Shaheen & Qantara - 7/29/2001
Simon Shaheen, master of both the oud and violin, has broken much new ground in his career, mixing traditional Arabic music into jazz. With his new band Qantara, he takes his greatest leap to date - the results are celebrated on the new Ark21 release, 'Blue Flame'.

Transglobal Underground - 7/29/2001
Transglobal Underground is notorious for mixing musical styles and rhythms with a total disregard for musical genres, technological barriers and common sense. Since their last album Rejoice, Rejoice, TGU has been organically reforming with those who’ve worked most and cared most over the last couple of years. Whatever changes take place though, the ideals remain the same . . . dance to rhythms you’ve never heard before, don’t experiment if you can’t communicate, and if you see a barrier, trash it.

Savina Yannatou - 7/29/2001
Based on traditional material - mainly from the Mediterranean Area - Savina Yannatou and the group Primavera en Salonico offer an open sound without borders or labels, from simple songs extending to contemporary music forms. Using only acoustic instruments, half of which have their origin in the East, they take them to the limits of their possibilities. Beyond her exquisite interpretive capacity Savina Yannatou gives special emphasis to the expression of the "music" of each different language, often using her voice as one more instrument. With a background that combines classical studies and "authentic" traditional music with improvised music and jazz, Savina Yannatou and the musicians of Primavera en Salonico are like rope-dancers on the chord which connects the modal music of the East with the equivalent music of Western Europe, music of the Middle Ages and the popular polyphonies of the Mediterranean. Starting from the melismatic riches of the Eastern Maqam using the charming irregular rhythms, they explore the territory of collective free improvisation meeting modern jazz.


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