Womad Festival 2008



Direct from Charlton Park in Wiltshire, Andrew Mcgregor introduces the first in a weekend of broadcasts from the globe's leading world music festival.

Including live performances from Algerian Rai rocker Rachid Taha on the Open Air stage, desert bluesmen Terakaft in the Siam Tent and star of Irish folk Sharon Shannon on Radio 3's own stage in the shady Arboretum. Plus highlights from performances by Malian kora maestro Toumani Diabate and French acapella singers Lo Cor de la Plana, interviews and truck sessions, and the chants of the Tashi Lhunpo Monks of Tibet.


2/3. Andrew Mcgregor introduces further coverage of the globe's leading festival of world music from the festival site at Charlton Park in Wiltshire.

Among tonight's live performers are Egyptian vocalist Sheikh Taha - from the Sufi-themed Siam Tent - and Hotel Palindrone, whose pan-European folk music draws on Galician, Swedish and Balkan influences as well as the Alpine drone tradition of their native Austria. Plus highlights from sets by Cambodian-American psych band Dengue Fever and bassist Jah Wobble, who brings his Chinese Dub project to Radio 3's own stage in the Arboretum.


3/3. Lucy Duran presents more live coverage of the globe's leading festival of world music, including the UK broadcasting debut of Serbian vocalist Svetlana Spajic, highlights from a set by the duo of Malian singer Mamani Keita and French guitarist Nicolas Repac, and a truck session with Gambian riti player Juldeh Camara.