Kimbra returns to headline Womad
"Womad remains a festival for everyone"ISOBEL EWING
Kimbra is returning to New Zealand for her first show here in a year - to headline at Womad for its 10th anniversary.
The New Zealand-born songstress of international fame is joined by Latin Grammy winner Buika and Americana artist Pokey LaFarge as the first artists to be confirmed, the Taranaki Arts Festival Trust announced yesterday.
The three diverse artists gave a taste of things to come, with a full lineup for the March show to be announced on October 30, Womad artistic director Drew James said.
Mr James said Kimbra would attract a wide audience to New Plymouth's Brooklands Bowl for Womad 2014.
"Kimbra will appeal to younger audiences but will surprise older people as well with the music she has.
"Womad remains a festival for everyone."
He said Taft was lucky to secure Kimbra, who was recording for her new album. The artist has publicly expressed an interest in world music and was very interested in a number of the other acts at Womad.
"It was great she wanted to come back to New Zealand when she hasn't played here for a year."
Kimbra's debut album Vows entered the Billboard Album Chart at No 14 and went platinum in both New Zealand and Australia.
She scooped five New Zealand Music Awards last year including best album and was voted best female artist for the second year in a row at the Aria Awards in Australia.
This year she won the Record Of The Year Grammy Award for her contribution to the Gotye global smash Somebody That I Used To Know and a second Grammy for best pop duo/group performance.
Kimbra has toured the globe for the last two years, delivering more than 140 shows in 2012, including three tours of the US.
Mr James said Buika, of Spanish and Guinean origin, was a "totally amazing" artist.
"She plays around with the flamenco style and has a fantastic voice."
Pokey LaFarge is an Americana artist who combined a creative mix of early jazz, string ragtime, country blues and western swing.
"He draws on Americana but it's current, not retro music."
For its 10th birthday Womad would continue to deliver great, diverse music, Mr James said.
"We're not doing anything more than we normally do, just the best lineup that we possibly can."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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