CD of the Week: WOMAD 2012

Written by on February 20, 2012

WOMAD: The World's Festival 2012


Can’t wait for WOMAD?  Experience the sounds of WOMAD New Zealand 2012 on the newly released compilation CD, WOMAD: The World’s Festival 2012. The CD is the official compilation released ahead of the three-day festival which takes place from 16-18 March 2012 at New Plymouth’s Brooklands Park and TSB Bowl.

The CD features 16 tracks and provides a snapshot of artists performing at WOMAD New Zealand 2012. Opening with the distinctive Congolese rhythms of Staff Benda Bilili, the CD takes listeners on a colourful journey around the globe – from Mongolia with Anda Union, to France for Lo’Jo and Chapelier Fou, Romania with Mahala Rai Banda, Spain with Diego Guerrero Y El Solar de Artistas and Ireland for accordion extraordinaire Sharon Shannon; Jamaica with Groundation; taking in India with Shivkumar Sharma‘s masterful santoor performance, and Palestine with Le Trio Joubran; to Africa for Dobet Gnahore (Ivory Coast) and the sublime voice of Senegal’s Baaba Maal and Australia for the spine-tingling sound of Gurrumul. Two New Zealand artists feature on the album with Pajama Club‘s ‘TNT for 2’ and The Black Seeds‘ ‘Bulletproof’.

WOMAD: The World’s Festival 2012
1.       Staff Benda Bilili – Moziki
2.       Anda Union – Hoorai
3.       Lo’Jo – Je prends la nuit
4.       Le Trio Joubran – ‘Nawwār’
5.       Pajama Club – TNT for 2
6.       Chapelier Fou – Secret Handshake
7.       The Black Seeds – Bulletproof
8.       Blue King Brown – Never Fade Away
9.       Creole Choir of Cuba – Edem Chante
10.   Mahala Rai Banda – Tu Rommie
11.   Sharon Shannon – The Wild West Wagon Train
12.   Donet Gnahore – Deka
13.   Diego Guerrero Y El Solar De Artistas – Malos Tiempos
14.   Groundatin – Humility
15.   Baaba Maal – Fanta
16.   Gurrumul – Gopuru
17.   Shivkumar Sharma – Jhala

WOMAD: The World’s Festival 2012 is available now from selected music retailers and will be available on-site at WOMAD New Zealand 2012.

Tickets for WOMAD New Zealand 2012 are still on sale through Ticketek, phone 0800 TICKETEK (824 538) or visit Three day passes, day passes and camping tickets are all available. The full line-up and more detailed information are available online at

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