ROCK and Roll Hall of Fame star Bobby Womack is set to perform at WOMAD Charlton Park this year.
The soul pioneer, who has recorded with many of the music industry’s greats over five decades, is enjoying a career revival since recording The Bravest Man in the Universe album with Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz fame.
He is among the latest list of world musicians announced ahead of the four-day festival in July.
Senegalese superstar Youssou N’Dour, who featured in Neneh Chjerry’s hit “Seven Seconds” and sang at a birthday concert for Nelson Mandela at Wembley Stadium in 1988, is returning, while Trombone Shorty from New Orleans is making a first appearance at the Malmesbury country estate.
The 27-year-old, who grew up in New Orleans, has recorded with the likes of U2, Eric Clapton and Lenny Kravitz as well as performing at the White House alongside stars like Mick Jagger, BB King and Jeff Beck.
Other artists featuring in the latest announcement include the Welsh harpist Catrin Finch performing with West African kora player Seckou Keita, Julian Lennon’s stepsister Chloe Charles from Canada, Orange Hill from Colombia and folk quartet DakhaBrakha from the Ukraine.
Fat Freddy’s Drop, Alice Russell and the Magic Drum Orchestra are among acts already announced for the festival which is due to open on July 24 with a performance by Malmesbury schoolchildren.
WOMAD, which organises festivals around the world, revealed this week that it has withdrawn from plans for a WOMAD Russia this year.
In a statement it said last year’s festival had been a huge success, but: “As everyone knows, WOMAD was built on the idea of respect for others. With the current state of Russian aggression within Ukraine and the military build-up on the borders, we cannot continue with a good heart to partner in an event that is in large part-funded by the Russian Government.
We sincerely hope that the political situation changes soon and we can return and continue working with the people of Russia and the communities of the North Caucasus.”