Gypsy-rock filmmaker Emir Kusturica and Dope Lemon to play Womadelaide

The Specials headline 2017 Womadelaide line-up

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WOMADelaide crowd soaks up the family-friendly atmosphere.
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November 08, 2016 08:01:41

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Emir Kusturica & the No Smoking Orchestra are one of the headline acts at Womadelaide.

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Engaging and colourful, Angelique Kidjo on stage at the 2016 WOMADelaide world of music, arts and dance festival.
Frantic gypsy-rock group Emir Kusturica & the No Smoking Orchestra and Angus Stone’s laid back psychedelic side project, Dope Lemon, are among a further 27 acts announced for Womadelaide 2017.The world music, art and dance festival will be in its 25th year next March, having launched in Adelaide in 1992 and becoming an annual event in 2003.Emir Kusturico is a controversial filmmaker who has won the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival twice.His 11-piece Serbian-based band was described by Womadelaide organisers in today’s announcement as “genre-defying and irreverent, whose frantic ‘unza unza’ versions of rumba, rock and gypsy music are incredibly entertaining and slightly mad”. Photo:
Angus Stone will be performing with his sometime psychedelic outfit, Dope Lemon. (Supplied: Womadelaide) External Link:

Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra
The No Smoking Orchestra are on the bill along with Austrian electro-swing group Parov Stelar in its exclusive Australian debut.Festival director Ian Scobie said it had taken “some years” to get both acts to Adelaide.”Every time we’ve tried they’ve either been about to go into the recording studio or they’ve been at the wrong end of the world,” Mr Scobie said.”Things have just finally come together.”Mr Scobie said the Serbian group was in high demand around the world.”[It’s] a completely crazed Serbian gypsy experience.”They’re really an extraordinary band and Emir himself is a really high-energy performer and that sort of mixture of rumba and rock n roll and gypsy music is just the most amazing mix.”Archie Roach returnsSinger-songwriter Angus Stone will be among a group of Australian acts that include L-Fresh The Lion, DD Dumbo, and Nattali Pa’apa’a — the Blue King Brown singer in her Jamaican reggae project, Nattali Rize.Grammy Award-winning African artist Oumou Sangare is also appearing, along with New Orleans street band The Hot 8 Brass Band and Sahrawi singer-activist Aziza Brahim.The latest festival details follow the announcement in October that English band The Specials would be playing, along with Indigenous singer-songwriter Archie Roach, who was part of Womadelaide’s first line-up 25 years ago.Also taking the stage in 2017 will be the Philip Glass Ensemble, founded in 1968 by the man described as the master of minimalist composition.The work Koyaanisqatsi Live (Life Out Of Balance) will be performed to mark Glass’s 80th birthday.Next year’s festival at Botanic Park will be held from March 10-13.

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Sarah Blasko performs at WOMADelaide. (ABC News: Malcolm Sutton)
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Sacrilege, a full-scale inflatable Stonehenge replica, is an instant hit with the children at WOMADelaide and inspires some spectacular antics. (ABC News: Malcolm Sutton)
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The Violent Femmes played their popular hits for the crowd at WOMADelaide.

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Sarah Blasko hits the right notes at WOMADelaide. (ABC News: Malcolm Sutton)

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At twilight, the opening evening’s big WOMADelaide crowd soaked up the music. (ABC News: Malcolm Sutton)
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Ibeyi performs on the WOMADelaide stage.
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Violent Femmes’ frontman Gordon Gano leads a tight and energetic set at WOMADelaide. (ABC News: Malcolm Sutton)

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