He WOMAD of Gran Canaria 2023 adds six new bands and artists to the lineup, which will be held between 9 and On November 12. And once again it expands the stylistic range of this edition with them.
The WOMAD in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria will be held at the beginning of November at the Music Square and the El Rincón Coastal Park, an exceptional location due to the works in the Santa Catalina park, which is its usual space. Now he announces a new handful of artists adding to the lineup: Sammy Rae & The Friends, Dobet Gnahore, Asian Dub Foundation, Faizal Mostrizx, Onipa and Boyanka Kostova.
Sammy Rae & The Friends will bring palpable chemistry to the stage with their virtuosic and explosive sound, with mixes of classic rock, folk and funk, sprinkled with soul and jazz. Another addition, Dobet Gnahoré will present the latest album by Zouzou, who is also the winner of a Grammy in 2010 for Best Urban / Alternative Performance for the song Pearls. The artist has been dedicating her life to music and dance since she was 12 years old, and she will give all attendees a show worthy of WOMAD. On the other hand, the Ugandan Faizal Mostrizx will treat the ear to live recordings from Uganda, Congo, Ethiopia and Tanzania mixed with rhythms from southern and eastern Africa. A modern style of music and dance of various styles.
The Asian Dub Foundation group returns to the Canary Islands, which were the scene of the first show at the multi-ethnic festival in 1999. The band will provide a memorable show, after 30 years of existence and experience, with a unique combination of jungle rhythms, electronic dub bass and wild strumming guitars, overlaid with nods to his South Asian roots. Furthermore, during his career he has shared the stage with artists such as Rage Against The Machine, the Beastie Boys and Primal Scream, and has collaborated on albums by artists such as Radiohead, Sinead O’Connor and Iggy Pop. Finally, Galician trap pioneer Boyanka Kostova is a sample of Galician sarcasm and musical unprejudice. The result is rural flow and a village trap, but with universal scope. An exotic town festival in which the songs stand out like hymns.
This list of artists, who show a range of diversity since there are groups from Uganda to the United States, is added to those already announced Rocio Marquezin duet with the musician Bronchus, Mulatu Astatkefather of ethio-jazz in Ethiopia, Lirazthe award-winning Israeli-Persian singer, Bullet Desejothe Brazilian group representative of a new musical generation in their country, the Castilian folk group The nestBrothers Nakhlen and the Spanish-Venezuelan musical group Tabaibabased in the Canary Islands.
The capital will once again become the epicenter of world music, an unavoidable event on the city’s calendar that brings together tens of thousands of people every year. The Festival will be free access.