Word had passed around by the festival's third instalment, with attendances at WOMADelaide 1995 jumping to 55,000, from a high of 33,000 in 1993. An unusually hot and humid evening met audiences on opening night, culminating in a rapturous end-of-night performance from ledgendary qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Other musical highlights across the weekend were a (very-late-on-stage) Gil Scott-Heron, the chaotic Leningrad Cowboys, the influential Congolese musician Papa Wemba and local favourites The Cruel Sea.

Stage 4 was added in 1995, as well as The Virtual Artists’ internet tent - at the time, a "futuristic component" of the program with the now-familiar Netscape and CUCME (early video conferencing software) launched that week. The Discovery Channel made a documentary on WOMADelaide's whiz-bang 10MB connection to that strange new beast, ‘the internet’.

"WOMADelaide remains one of the best-organised and most musically satisfying festivals in the country... [it] is an annual pilgrimage for those who love music which is performed from the heart and which can touch the very essence of the soul" - Bruce Elder, The Sydney Morning Herald

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WOMADelaide 1995 Lineup

Music & Dance
  • ALT (Ireland / NZ)
  • Archie Roach & Ruby Hunter (Australia)
  • Bad Boys Batucada (Australia / Brazil)
  • Bangarra Dance Theatre (Australia)
  • The Borderers (Australia)
  • Christine Anu (Australia)
  • The Cruel Sea (Australia)
  • Geoffrey Oryema (Uganda)
  • Gesuino Deiana (Italy)
  • Gil Scott-Heron (USA)
  • Hukwe Zawose (Tanzania) 
  • Jah Wobble’s Invaders of the Heart (UK)
  • Kashtan (Australia)
  • Kate Ceberano (Australia)
  • Kona-Lien (Chile / Australia)
  • Leningrad Cowboys (Finland)
  • Martin & Porter (USA)
  • Mouth Music (Scotland)
  • The Mutton Birds (NZ)
  • Not Drowning, Waving (Australia / PNG)
  • Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (Pakistan)
  • Papa Wemba (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
  • Richard Thompson (UK)
  • Rockin’ Rembets (Australia / Greece)
  • Rough Image (Australia)
  • Salameh & Sridar (Palestine / India)
  • Sierra Maestra (Cuba)
  • Slivanje (Australia)
  • Stella Chiwese (Zimbabwe)
  • Sunrize Band (Australia)
  • Tiddas (Australia)
  • Utungan Percussion (Australia)
  • Vika & Linda (Tonga / Australia)
  • Yolgnu Dance Theatre (Australia)
  • Yungchen Lhamo (Tibet)
  • Zap Mama (Cameroon / Zaire)