Bobby Womack and Youssou N'Dour to star at WOMAD

Bobby Womack is the latest big name to be announced by WOMAD

Senegalese star Youssou N'Dour makes a welcome return to WOMAD, 30 years after he first appeared

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Bobby Womack and Youssou N'Dour are the latest names revealed as performers at this year's WOMAD festival at Charlton Park, Malmesbury.

Soul singer Womack is enjoying a renaissance with his most recent record, the Damon Albarn-produced The Bravest Man In The Universe, being described as an extraordinary return to form.

And N'Dour, the Senegalese singer who first appeared at WOMAD almost 30 years ago, has dominated West African music throughout the intervening decades.

Another veteran showing that advancing years offer no barrier to an ongoing music-dominated existence is Manu Dibango, 80.

The Cameroonian saxophonist will be presenting his 8 Decades show that recalls the high spots of his career and his biggest hit, Soul Makossa, is expected to get a rousing reception.

Another man bringing his horn to Charlton Park is Trombone Shorty.

Born into the New Orleans brass band tradition – and playing his instrument on the city’s streets at an early age – Shorty has, with his band Orleans Avenue, developed his sound into an attractive funk/pop/hip-hop hybrid – when he’s not in the recording studio with U2, Eric Clapton or Lenny Kravitz.

Other names being announced include Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita (Wales/Senegal), Tunng (UK), Justin Vali & Ny Malagasy Orkestra (Madagascar), 9Bach (Wales) and Snarky Puppy (USA).

Already announced include Alice Russell (UK), Nitin Sawhney ONEZERO (UK/India), Fat Freddy’s Drop (New Zealand), Goran Bregovic and His Wedding & Funeral Band (Serbia/Bulgaria), Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba (Mali), Mulatu Astatke (Ethiopia), Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits (Zimbabwe), Marie Boine (Norway), The Gloaming (Ireland/USA) and Salim-Sulaiman (India).

The festival takes place from July 24-27 and the ticket booking line is 0118 960 6060 or visit www.womad.co.uk

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