Artists from across the world descend on Charlton Park for WOMAD weekend every year. Some have never performed outside their home country. The wonderful Ta Dhom Project joined us last year from Mumbai, to perform outside of India for the very first time.
WOMAD is committed to discovering artists from all over the world and bringing them to new audiences in the UK and beyond each year and welcomed artists from around 50 countries across the world to the festival in 2019! With this at its heart, WOMAD hopes to offer a place to explore, discover and learn about the many cultures that animate our world and help us to understand the importance of its diversity.
The syllables/sounds ‘Ta’ and ‘Dhom’ symbolize the idea of two words, two ideas, and two cultures. It was multi-instrumentalist Viveick Rajagopalan who had the idea to bring together the art of vocal percussion ‘Konnakol’, with the ancient Indian percussion instrument called Mridggam, to create a new stream of Indian hip-hop.
The Ta Dhom project are only one example of the effort that our music programmer Paula goes to; discovering and bringing artists from around the world to Charlton Park every year. With the WOMAD 2020 first wave of announcements just around the corner, we cannot wait to show you all the surprises in store and the amazing acts ready to take their special journey across the globe to perform at the festival.
Don’t forget, our first WOMAD 2020 lineup announcement and tier two ticket release is at 10am on Wednesday, 26th February. Put the date in your diaries!