30 Extraordinary Artists Revealed for WOMADelaide 2023 Lineup

WOMADelaide today announced a further 30 performers for its festival from 10-13 March 2023 at Adelaide Botanic Park. From Korean folk to Scottish rock, Americana to Moroccan blues and everything in between, artists represent the best in music, arts and dance from around the world and include Senegalese headliner Youssou N’Dour & Le Super Etoile de Dakar, AURORA, The Proclaimers, Sampa The Great, Bangarra Dance Theater and Angel Olsen.

Returning for his fourth WOMADelaide appearance since the inaugural festival in 1992, Youssou N’Dour has built an international fanbase of millions over his 50-year career. An artist who broke cultural barriers and gained recognition for his music, political and humanitarian commitments, his pioneering style defines the essence of West African groove. Described by the NY Times as “West Africa’s cultural ambassador to the world”, N’Dour has collaborated with Peter Gabriel, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen and Tracy Chapman, but it’s the hit song 1994’s “7 Seconds” with Neneh Cherry that really shot him to stardom.

The eclectic Norwegian folk-pop singer AURORA will make her festival debut. The young artist, whose distinctive voice featured in the mega-hit children’s film Frozen II, has amassed more than 20 million monthly listeners on Spotify and over 1 million album sales worldwide since appearing on the scene in 2015.

Authors of iconic songs I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) and I’m On My Way, Scottish folk-rockers The Proclaimers will also make their festival debut as part of their first Australian tour since 2019, following the release of their new studio album, cheekily titled Dentures Out.

Since debuting at WOMADelaide 2016, Sampa The Great has taken the world by storm, winning multiple ARIA, AIR, APRA and J Awards and the Australian Music Prize in 2017 and 2019. The Zambian artist has recently collaborated with WOMADelaide alumni and global megastar Angelique Kidjo on her track Let Me Be Great, which also featured on the FIFA 2023 video game soundtrack. Her latest single Never Forget features in the new Marvel movie, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

The internationally acclaimed Bangarra Dance Theater returns to the festival after 24 years, performing their iconic work Terrain, choreographed by new Associate Artistic Director Frances Rings. Breathtaking exploration of Australia’s largest salt lake, Kati Thanda – Lake Eyre, South Australia, highlights the ancestral ties that bind people to the country

Angel Olsen is becoming one of the biggest rising stars in American alternative country music. Her critically acclaimed sixth studio album, Big Time, features sumptuous vocals and vulnerable storytelling and her reputation for “daring and admirably uncompromising performances” (Rolling Stone) has led to sold-out tours around the world.

The depth of WOMADelaide 2023’s lineup is also evident through Justin Adams (of Robert Plant’s Sensational Shape Shifters from the UK) and Mauro Durante (Italian singer, violinist and percussionist with Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino and Ludovico Einaudi), whose Lockdown album Still Moving was described by The Guardian as “a thrilling, spontaneous affair”; legendary banjo husband and wife, both stars in their own right, the duo Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn (USA) and the visually arresting Korean shamanic folk group ADG7.

Also on the program is Franco-American jazz singer-songwriter Madeleine Peyroux, and the Australian contingent, with many more to be announced next month, includes the electric and inimitable Genesis Owusu and the all-female rock band of Maningrida, Ripple Effect Band.

“We are incredibly delighted to be able to once again present a full international program with such a diverse array of artists from 26 countries, many of whom will be making their Australian debut at WOMADelaide next March,” said Ian Scobie, Director.

South Australian Premier Peter Malinauskas hosted the diverse international lineup that will bring visitors to Adelaide from across the country and around the world over the March long weekend.

“It’s exciting to see the return of world-renowned international artists to WOMADelaide, highlighting that events in South Australia are back and bigger than ever,” Premier Malinauskas said.

“Events like WOMADelaide fill our hotels, pubs, restaurants and shops, driving up business expense and boosting local jobs.”

Joining Florence + The Machine, Bon Iver, Gratte Ciel’s Places des Anges and Soul II Soul, the artists announced today are –

  • ADG7 (Korea)
  • Angel Olsen (USA)
  • AURORA (Norway)
  • Bab L’Bluz (Morocco/France)
  • Bangarra Dance Theater (Australia)
  • Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn (USA)
  • Billy Bragg (UK)
  • Cimafunk (Cuba)
  • Constantinople (Canada)
  • Foco alAire (Mexico)
  • Gaia by Luke Jerram (UK)
  • The Garifuna Collective (Belize)
  • Genesis Owusu (Australia)
  • Jaguar (UK) – DJ set
  • Justin Adams & Mauro Durante (UK/Italy)
  • Kee’ahn (Australia)
  • Kefaya and Elaha Soroor (Afghanistan/UK/Italy)
  • The Langan Band (Scotland)
  • Madeleine Peyroux (USA)
  • Mdou Moctar (Niger)
  • Nakhane (South Africa)
  • Nightmares on Wax (UK) – DJ set
  • Pandit Ronu Majumdar & Dr Jayanthi Kumaresh (India)
  • The Proclaimers (Scotland)
  • Ripple Band (Australia)
  • Rizwan Muazzam Qawwals (Pakistan)
  • Sampa the Great (Zambia)
  • San Salvador (France)
  • Small Island Big Song (Taiwan/Mauritius/Madagascar/PNG/AUS)
  • Youssou N’Dour & The Super Star of Dakar (Senegal)

The next announcement of the WOMADelaide program will take place at the end of November.

WOMADelaide is supported by the Government of South Australia through the South Australian Tourism Commission.

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