No worries at Womad

TARYN UTIGER
Last updated 17:07 15/03/2014
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Ane Brun held the audience spellbound with her soulful performance on day two of Womad 2014

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LATEST: The medics at Womad have been able to relax and soak in some songs.

The majority of ailments the paramedics have been dealing with have been "good time injuries", St John spokesman Doug Ashby said.

"There's been a lot of plasters for blisters and people wanting panadol for things. All those good time injuries," he said.

The staff had seen a few people who twisted their ankles as a result of the slippery slopes, though.

"Apart from that it's been a relatively quiet Womad." 

In true Taranaki fashion Saturday's weather treated the crowds to four seasons in one day.

Despite the periods of rain and glaring sunshine, the crowds settled in for an evening of international music at the Bowl.

Portuguese star Carminho's passionate performance proved to be a good opportunity for the audience to take a break from dancing and sit back and enjoy a relaxing concert. 

Tim Finn and his rocking moves were back on stage at the Brooklands stage, while three-piece Latinoaotearoa shook up the crowd at the Dell stage.

The artists at Womad have the crowd singing the praises of the three day festival. 

New Zealand band Weird Together proved to be a crowd favourite this afternoon, with their exotic global sound ringing out from the Gables stage.

Waiheke Island visitors Peter Lennox, Natalie Evans and their two-year-old daughter Evie were having a good boogie to the band.

"I think they are pretty good. We just turned up not knowing what they'd be like and they are amazing," Mr Lennox said.

The couple come to Womad every year and Ms Evans said it was a great environment for their young daughter.

"She's had a little dance and she's a bit tired now," she said.

People were anything but tired on the grass in front of the TSB Bowl of Brooklands stage.

New Plymouth woman Barbara Marshall said Colombian band La Chiva Gantiva were the highlight of the day so far.

Along with listening to music and hiding from the rain Mrs Marshall had been taste testing some exotic food and some Kiwi favourites.

Although she enjoyed the hot chips it was the vegetarian dosa which really hit the spot.

The artist hitting the spot with the audiences was Ane Brun.

Swedish singer Brun left her mark on the crowd with her emotional set.

The soul-soaring songs are being touted as the performances that brought the sun out for just over an hour.

People are already naming her the performance of the weekend and are planning to be at her final show at 2pm on Sunday on the Bowl stage.

New Zealand band Moana and the Tribe used Womad to unveil a new song, Warrior Woman.

The song is the sister song to Moana's hit, Black Pearl.

Taranaki women Wendy Langlands and Kelly Manaia said the singer was "amazing".

"And it's flippen hot sitting here in the sun. So much for the cyclone," Ms Langlands said.  

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