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Second announcement adds to Womad's New Zealand strong line up


A second round of acts has been announced for Womad 2019, and for one of the performers it will be a lot of home town crowd.

Natalia Sheppard, known as MC Tali, says she can not wait to play in New Plymouth when the event returns to Brooklands Park next March.

Natalia Sheppard, known as MC Tali, can not wait to play at home crowd at Womad 2019.

Natalia Sheppard, known as MC Tali, can not wait to play at home crowd at Womad 2019.

"I hear it's pretty colourful, cultural, and showcases lots of world music. My parents have been a couple of times and always say it's amazing so I'm excited to see for myself.

"It's been a while since I played in Taranaki and I'm playing at the TSB Festival of Lights too, so two home shows."

* Taranaki welcomes 10 more years of Womad festival
* Womad announces strong Kiwi lineup along with diverse world music
* First acts announced for Womad 2019

Sheppard has a busy summer ahead of her, which she said is "the usual".

Before her performance at Womad she will tour around the country at festivals including Northern Bass, Mangawhai, north of Auckland, Rhythm and Alps, in the Cardrona Valley, near Wanaka on the South Island, Splore, at Tapapakanga Regional Park, south of Auckland , and Homegrown, in Wellington.

Sheppard said her Womad performance was a chance for people to see what she was doing and for those who are unfamiliar with her music to come and see what she is about.

Also included in the second Womad announcement is South London jazz and blues duo The Correspondents, French '80s group The Original Gypsies, German DJ and singer Shantel & Bucovina Club Orkestar and Sona Jobarteh, the first professional female skilled player of kora, a West African string instrument, and Janis Claxton Dance performing throughout the festival.

Joining MC Tali in the strong New Zealand line up with likes of Kora, The Black Seeds, and Nadia Reid is Congress of Animals.

Sheppard said she was very excited about sharing the bill with young Northland artist TEEKS, who was in the first line up announcement.

"I'm a big fan of his," she said.

Womad has taken place in New Plymouth's Brooklands Park every summer since 2003 and has generated $ 125.9 million over that time.

In October it was announced that the three day festival will remain Brooklands Park in New Plymouth for at least 10 more years.

* Womad 2019 takes place March 15 – 17. Tickets are on sale now.


International: Angelique Kidjo (Benin), Silkroad Ensemble (Various), Amjad Ali Khan (India), Baloji (DR Congo / Belguim), BCUC – Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness (South Africa), Dona Onete (Brazil), Jamie Smith's Mabon (Wales) , La Dame Blanche (Cuba), Las Cafeteras (Mexico), Maalem Hamid El Kasri (Morocco), Maarja Nuut (Estonia), My Baby (Netherlands), Rebetien (Greece), Sharon Shannon Band (Ireland) and Taiwu Childrens Ancient Ballads Troupe (Taiwan), The Correspondents (UK), The Original Gypsies (France), Shantel & Bucovina Club Orchestra, Sona Jobarteh (Gambia / UK), and Janis Claxton Dance (Australia / Scotland).

Aotearoa: Teeks, Charlotte Johansen, Finn Andrews (Aotearoa / United Kingdom), KORA, Nadia Reid, Niko Ne Zna, Ria Hall, The Black Seeds, Congress of Animals, MC Tali.

World of Words: Dominique Tourettes Hoey, Elizabeth Smither, Marama Mullen, Marcus Thomas, and Neil Silverwood, Michael Donaldson, Michele A'Court, Nick Bollinger, Penny Ashton, Pip Adam, and Sonya Renee Taylor.

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