Highlights from this year’s WOMADelaide offering of 50+ bands included the great Malian griot Salif Keita, the Spanish viola da gamba player Jordi Savall, Indian singers Sudha Ragunathan and Manjiri Kelkar and, from Bosinia, Goran Bregovic with his Weddings & Funerals Orchestra. There were also living legends such as Jamaican reggae star Jimmy Cliff and South African trumpeter and bandleader Hugh Masekela.

Also appearing at the festival were two music heavyweights from Mali - the Sahara’s answer to Jimi Hendrix, Vieux Farka Touré, and Bassekou Kouyaté. Add to that trio of exciting and vastly different Latin acts; Colombia’s most famous 12 piece salsa orchestra LA–33, Illapu from Chile, and Novalima – creating a Peruvian old-meets-new sound, while Blank Page, the giant billboard sized living painting  from Luc Amoros captivated audience across the weekend.

The Australian contingent included a joint performance from Tim Rogers & the Bamboos, a rare show by live drum n bass trio, The Bird, the whisky-tinged blues of Mia Dyson, the sultry soul of Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes, perennial crowd-pleasers The Cat Empire and indigenous up-and-comers, East Journey.

The Planet Talks program was introduced in 2013!

“Enough words. WOMADelaide has reached musical perfection” - Tim Lloyd, The Advertiser

"There is nothing like it in the country. It is this state’s best music festival and possibly this country’s" - Christopher Sanders, The Adelaide Review

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WOMADelaide 2013 Lineup

Music & Dance
  • Abigail Washburn & Kai Welch (USA)
  • Adnaan Baraky (Syria / Australia)
  • The Alaev Family (Tajikistan / Israel)
  • Alim Qasimov Ensemble (Azerbaijan)
  • Amparo Sanchez (Spain)
  • Antibalas (USA)
  • Arpaka Dance Company (Australia)
  • Ayarkhaan (Russia)
  • Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba (Mali)
  • The Bird (Australia)
  • The Cat Empire (Australia)
  • Christine Salem (Reunion)
  • Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes (Australia)
  • Circolombia (Colombia)
  • The Correspondents (UK)
  • Dhafer Youssef (Tunisia)
  • Dj ClicK (France)
  • DJ Tr!p (Australia)
  • East Journey (Australia)
  • Golonka (Australia)
  • Goran Bregovic & His Weddings & Funerals Orchestra (Serbia)
  • Heather Frahn & the Moonlight Tide (Australia)
  • The Herbaliser (UK)
  • The Herd (Australia)
  • Hugh Masekela (South Africa)
  • Hugo Mendez (UK)
  • Illapu (Chile)
  • Jimmy Cliff (Jamaica)
  • Jordi Savall (Spain)
  • Kingfisha (Australia)
  • LA-33 (Colombia)
  • LAU (Scotland)
  • Manjiri Kelkar (India)
  • Mara! & Martenitsa Choir (Australia)
  • Mari Boine (Norway)
  • Mia Dyson (Australia)
  • Moriarty (France)
  • Nidi d’Arac (Italy)
  • Novalima (Peru)
  • Oisima (Australia)
  • Paul Ubana-Jones (UK / Nigeria / NZ)
  • Psarantonis (Greece)
  • Salif Keita (Mali)
  • Sanso-xtro (Australia)
  • Savoy Family Cajun Band (USA)
  • Seth Lakeman (UK)
  • Shunsuke Kimura & Etsuro Ono (Japan)
  • Sing Sing (Australasia)
  • Souad Massi (Algeria / France)
  • Soweto Gospel Choir (South Africa)
  • Sudha Ragunathan (India)
  • Swamp Thing (New Zealand)
  • The Tallest Man on Earth (Sweden)
  • Tim Koch (Australia)
  • Tim Rogers and the Bamboos (Australia)
  • Tuba Skinny (USA)
  • Tubular Bells for Two (Australia)
  • Vieux Farka Toure (Mali)
  • The Volatinsky Trio (Russia / Australia)
  • Zoe Keating (USA)
Site & Roving Artists
  • Barnaby Gibbons - "Charlie O’Taney, The Brooklyn Healer" (UK)
  • Compagnie L’Elephant Vert – "Man’s Best Friend" (France)
  • Compagnie Luc Amoros – "Blank Page" (France)
  • Macnas – "The Boy Explorer" (Ireland)
  • Ringbalin – "River Stories" (Australia)
The Planet Talks
  • Anna Rose
  • Bernie Hobbs
  • Prof Corey Bradshaw
  • Costa Georgiadis
  • Dr Dana Cordell
  • Giles Parkinson
  • Graham Brookman
  • Dr Graham Turner
  • Prof Ian Lowe
  • Michael Yeo
  • Miranda Gibson
  • Paul Ralph Ehrlich
  • Prof Randy Stringer
  • Robyn Williams
  • Ronni Kahn
  • Simon Bryant
  • Urthboy
  • Bowerbird - "Flutter"
  • Boxwars: The Art of Destruction
  • Carclew Youth Arts
  • Polyglot Theatre - "Tangle"
  • SA Museum Explorers' Tent