Posted on 11th June 2019
We’re thrilled to announce the line-up for the World Music Village! Curated by the charity Arms Around The Child, world music fans can expect an eclectic, entertaining and exciting experience.
The Village is opening for the first time on Friday 23rd August so be prepared for a long weekend of generous sounds and activities to fill your days.
Friday will have a jam-packed line-up of Hip-Hop, spoken word, Funk, Jazz and Experimental Sounds with performances from Dakka Skanks, Nono Music and more!
With the bonus of an added day on Friday, The People’s Lounge in The World Music Village is looking to push the boundaries once again this year. There’s a jam-packed line-up of Hip-Hop, spoken word, Funk, Jazz, Experimental and Globally inspired sounds ready for this year’s installment.
Saturday brings an array of talent to the stage with a return of the increasingly popular 9-piece Urban Voodoo Machine creating their unique brand of bourbon soaked Gypsy Blues. Later The Dhol Foundation mix it up with DJ’s, Dhol drummers, tabla and guitar to bring us the sounds of Bollywood and Bhangra.
Sunday presents music from Africa to South America, Jamaica and beyond. The ever-popular Salsa Dance Workshop offers the chance to learn dance moves to the Latin grooves of Toca Bonito. Africapella and Fellowship of Groove turn up the African vibes, and the evening culminates in a Reggae Dance party with the legendary Zion Train, flying in from Germany who are one of the most unique and enjoyable live dub acts on the planet. Their use of dynamic onstage dub mixing whilst performing alongside acoustic instruments and vocals, make them one of a kind. The Majestic, featuring the legendary vocals of Baba Ras and Mangoseed with their enthralling fusion of Ska, Soca, Jungle and Funk will provide an energetic not to be missed support.
Throughout the weekend be sure not to miss The Sages with their strong and melodic East Asian influences. Local favourites Los Hombres are back with their Latin fuelled festive sounds, and an exciting new addition to the Village, Portsmouth Uni Big Band, will be playing some classic Jazz, Samba and Bossa Nova numbers. ?This year also welcomes a new area to the World Music Village – The Secret Circle. Concentrating on Lana Yoga classes, massage, wellbeing and meditation it’s the perfect place to escape festival hustle and bustle!
Look out for performances from dance groups, including Urban Nigerian, Bhangra and traditional Chinese dance, and join in with the Drum Workshops, Yoga and Tai Chi.
The World Music Village has partnered with sponsors BIMM (British, Irish, Modern Music) and will showcase some of the up and coming fresh young talent on Friday night and throughout the weekend. Look out for Libra Libra, RAHH and Just Like Fruit.
Experience some fresh, creative, cosmic and incredible quality words, sounds and musicianship in this little pocket of festive and cosmic joy.