Womad Live 2014

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Lopa Kothari and Mary Ann Kennedy introduce the first of a weekend of broadcasts from the globe's leading festival of world music, live from the festival site in Charlton Park in Wiltshire. Norwegian Sami star Mari Boine is one of the headliners on the Open Air Stage, and Debademba present their 'big family' style of West African music to the WOMAD audience. On the BBC Radio 3 Charlie Gillett Stage, there are UK debuts for Monsieur Doumani from Cyprus, and Polish gypsy band Caci Vorba. Plus interviews and truck sessions, and Commonwealth Connections from India and Nauru, starting off more than eight hours of live broadcasting from WOMAD.

WOMAD LIVE 2014: BBC Radio 3 returns to the world-famous WOMAD festival for a fifteenth year, broadcasting from the Open Air Stage, the Siam Tent and new for this year, the 'BBC Radio 3 Charlie Gillett Stage'. This sees the Radio 3 stage moving to WOMAD's main arena, and to a stage named after a broadcaster who achieved so much for world music over many years, and was one of the original trio of presenters on Radio 3's World on 3.

MUSIC FEATURE: India

Kala Ramnath is one of the leading Hindustani musicians of her generation. Born into a dynasty of violin players who championed the instrument in Indian classical music in the 20th century, Kala has developed the instrument still further with a mixture of traditional and improvisational repertoire. In her home in Mumbai, Kala demonstrates just how closely the violin is modelled on the human voice.

HERITAGE FEATURE: Nauru

Measuring eight square miles with a total coastline of eighteen and a half miles and a population of just over nine thousand, the Pacific island of Nauru is arguably the least populous actual sovereign country in the world, although officially the Vatican State and then Monaco occupy the first and second spots. Situated in Micronesia, Nauru lies 2,800 miles north east of Australia, and used to be called Pleasant Island before independence in 1968. Itte Detenamo is a super heavyweight lifter, and his chosen music is of Nauruan songs composed by Baron Waqa, a songwriter who is currently the nation's President.

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Lopa Kothari and Mary Ann Kennedy present more from the globe's leading festival of world music, live from the festival site in Charlton Park in Wiltshire.

Jamaican reggae star Clinton Fearon is live from his headline slot in the Siam Tent and soulful Namibian singer-songwriter Elemotho is also live on the BBC Radio 3 Charlie Gillett Stage

Plus exclusive interviews and BBC truck sessions as well as highlights from legendary Sarod player Amjad Ali Khan, "Diva of the Sudanese Desert" singer Amira Kheir and Brixton based Afrobeat outfit Yaaba Funk recorded earlier in the day from across the site.

WOMAD LIVE 2014: BBC Radio 3 returns to the world-famous WOMAD festival for a fifteenth year, broadcasting from the Open Air Stage, the Siam Tent and new for this year, the 'BBC Radio 3 Charlie Gillett Stage'. This sees the Radio 3 stage moving to WOMAD's main arena, and to a stage named after a broadcaster who achieved so much for world music over many years, and was one of the original trio of presenters on Radio 3's World on 3.

MUSIC FEATURE: Trinidad and Tobago

Within these small Islands, steelpan orchestras are an integral part of daily life. The Pamberi pan yard on the outskirts of Port of Spain is a meeting place for the whole community whether they turn up to play cards, have a sociable drink together or learn many artforms from painting to dance to music. For the young people in the steelpan orchestra, this is a passion and the way they choose to spend several evenings of their week and although they play all kinds of music it is still their native Calypso which gathers the largest crowd wherever they go.

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In the first of two visits today Lopa Kothari and Mary Ann Kennedy present highlights from the globe's leading festival of world music, live from the festival site in Charlton Park in Wiltshire.

Up and coming English folk singer Maz O'Connor is live from the BBC Radio 3 Charlie Gillett Stage, plus exclusive interviews and BBC truck sessions and highlights from the Grammy-nominated Magnolia Sisters, an exciting Louisiana-based Cajun band.

WOMAD LIVE 2014: BBC Radio 3 returns to the world-famous WOMAD festival for a fifteenth year, broadcasting from the Open Air Stage, the Siam Tent and new for this year, the 'BBC Radio 3 Charlie Gillett Stage'. This sees the Radio 3 stage moving to WOMAD's main arena, and to a stage named after a broadcaster who achieved so much for world music over many years, and was one of the original trio of presenters on Radio 3's World on 3.

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Lopa Kothari and Mary Ann Kennedy with the last of our weekend of broadcasts from the globe's leading festival of world music, live from the festival site in Charlton Park in Wiltshire. One of today's Open Air Stage headliners is veteran Zimbabwean artist Oliver Mtukudzi, still performing his own 'Tuku' style four decades on. On the BBC Radio 3 Charlie Gillett Stage, Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys play the frenetic dance music of Canada's Prince Edward Island; Turkish-born Cigdem Aslan sings the classic style of Rebetiko; and the Chair perform the traditional tunes of their native Orkney. Plus interviews and truck sessions, and a Heritage Track from Commonwealth Connections.

WOMAD LIVE 2014: BBC Radio 3 returns to the world-famous WOMAD festival for a fifteenth year, broadcasting from the Open Air Stage, the Siam Tent and new for this year, the 'BBC Radio 3 Charlie Gillett Stage'. This sees the Radio 3 stage moving to WOMAD's main arena, and to a stage named after a broadcaster who achieved so much for world music over many years, and was one of the original trio of presenters on Radio 3's World on 3.

HERITAGE TRACK FROM FIJI:

Fiji will be taking part in the Commonwealth Games for the first time in eight years,having been banned from participating in 2010 after failing to meet a Commonwealth deadline for holding national elections. Team sports like Rugby sevens are still under suspension but individual athletes will be allowed to compete in Glasgow. Among them is Fijian weightlifter Apolonia Vaivai who has chosen the famous farewell song "Isa Lei" sung by Laisa Vulakoro.