Womad Festival 2006



Andrew Mcgregor, Andy Kershaw, Fiona Talkington and Lucy Duran present a weekend of broadcasts from the globe's leading festival of world music.

From the festival site on the banks of the Thames in Reading, there are live performances and recorded highlights from the two main stages, the Open Air and the Siam Tent. Headline artists include the Mahotella Queens, the irrepressible sexagenarians from South Africa; Värttinä, the blonde bombshells of Finnish folk music; and Bellowhead, one of the most exciting bands on the English traditional scene. There is also a session from the tiny BBC studio truck with Chinese flute player Guo Yue, and, from Radio 3's own stage, a live set from South African singer Vusi Mahlasela.