Day three of WOMADelaide finds its groove

The mood of a multi-day festival seems to evolve over the course of the event. The first day is usually hectic as everyone is nervous and trying to find their bearings. The second day is more bleak as heat and exhaustion begin to take their toll. “How will we last all four days?” But the third day is usually when contestants start to venture away from the headlines and look for gems in the program.

WOMAN early starters could catch up on their yoga routine, families could visit the well-equipped KidZone, and the intellectuals could watch ABC’s “The Party Room” live. Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas chatted with Penny Wong and Tory Shepard about a wide range of current news and affairs.

Return performances from Kronos Quartet and Great Negrito was well received, with Negrito having even more energy than the day before. Self Asanti Dance Theatre over on stage 7 Moreton Bay Figs shook to their roots.

french sextet, San Salvador use two drums and their voices to create cascading hypnotic vocal harmonies. Using the Occitan language from the center of France, they create sweeping sounds that fill the arena. The rhythm makes people dance and to the almost primitive beat.

Cockroach are a contemporary band from London who have an almost cult following following performances at Glastonbury. Led by trumpeter Sheila Maurice-Grey, the music is a mix of dance, jazz and cabaret. As with most artists during WOMADelaide, the band seem to be enjoying themselves even more than the audience. Their enthusiasm is contagious.

Been a fan of Sampa the Great for many years it has been satisfying to see her not only play the basic stage, but to fully own it. Her confidence and strength give her immense power and she commands the stage at all times. Her backing band gives full support to her vocal power and her performance is mesmerizing.

Pulling further away, over on stage 7, Mdou Moctar has created his own fiery style of Sahara music. Sons of Zöku and their brand of psych rock was enthusiastically received by a solid crowd.

Meanwhile at Galmae, Juhyung Lee has created a massive cat’s cradle of a maze for spectators to unravel. Beginning with sounds of sirens and piercing searchlights, it looks like a war zone. Starting with a single stone to tear the string, the spectators soon join forces to solve the seemingly impossible. Bringing people together seems to be a theme of this work.

Mute closed stage 2 with a triumphant mix of techno and marching band sounds. A massive end to a huge day of music, art and dance.


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