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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Review: Pussy Riot (San Fran, 12 March) Wgtn Fringe Festival

The Coffee Bar Kid checks out Russian counter culture legends Pussy Riot and how art will always triumph over the great machine of conformity, regardless of the adversity.

Monday, March 11, 2019

The new WOMAD Australasian Compilation is out now!

Set among the trees, lake and view of the mighty Mount Taranaki in stunning 55-acre Brooklands Park and TSB Bowl of Brooklands, WOMAD New Zealand 2019 will see the festival celebrate its 15th anniversary in New Plymouth, 15-17 March 2019.

The internationally established three-day world music, arts and dance festival WOMAD is all about artist discovery and once again, the 2019 festival features an array of artists from all corners of the globe.

The latest compilation of artists performing at the internationally renowned WOMAD Festival is available now via Inertia / Border Music. Giving you a chance to get to know your WOMAD artists BEFORE the festival next week!

Featured on the 2019 Australia and New Zealand 2019 compilation is:
1. Angelique Kidjo – Once In A Lifetime
2. Taiwu Ancient Ballads Troupe & Daniel Ho – Qai Qai
3. Sharon Shannon – Rusheen Bay
4. Sona Jobarteh – Fatafina
5. Jamie Smith’s Mabon – The Space Between
6. Las Cafeteras – Tiempos De Amor
7. Shantel – Bucovina (Haaksman & Haaksman Soca Bogle Mix)
8. Dona Onete – Tipiti
9. La Dame Blanche – Mentira (feat. Mantiega (Batuk))
10. Baloji – L’hiverindien
11. My Baby – Electrified
12. Maarja Nuut & Rum - Haned Kadunud
13. BCUC - Nobody Knows 

The 13 artists represented on the compilation are just a mere snippet of the forty act strong WOMAD 2019 line up! Artists from countries as varied as Benin, Belgium, Ireland, Wales, Mexico and Greece are invited to Aotearoa to share their cultures, identities and heritage. They'll be sure to tell ancient, joyous and powerful tales via a mixture of traditional and modern performances. From upbeat Afropsychedelic party vibes to quiet moments of reflection and meditation, WOMAD 2019 will feature cellos, bagpipes and voices. WOMAD is a dizzying cocktail of exhilarating experiences for all. With over 40 local and international artists, WOMAD New Zealand is excited to deliver this discoverable and eclectic line up.

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Thursday, March 07, 2019

Herbie Hancock plays the Jazz Festival 5-9 June Artists Announced (more to come)

We are thrilled to share with you the first release acts for 2019 Wellington Jazz Festival – starting with undisputed legend of jazz, Herbie Hancock, who will open the Festival at the Michael Fowler Centre on Wednesday 5 June.

The full programme will be announced on Monday 15 April. 

Tickets for everything go on sale to the general public at 10am on Wednesday 13 March, so secure your seats early and we will see you at the Michael Fowler Centre in March for some serious play.

The first release of this year’s programme also features the explosive funk ensemble Ghost-Note, ground breaking trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, and the exquisite vocalist Alicia Olatuja.

A new commission from composers Lex French and Jasmine Lovell-Smith performed by Canadian/NZ collaborators CODE Quartet, along with perennial favourite the Rodger Fox Big Band spearhead the distinct sounds of New Zealand jazz.


I like to discover new rules so I can break them.
That’s where innovation comes from, that’s what keeps me playing.

Herbie Hancock Winner of 14 Grammy Awards during his illustrious career, Herbie Hancock has had an unparalleled influence on acoustic and electronic jazz and R&B for more than five decades.

In 2019, the 79-year-old maestro remains at the forefront of world culture, technology, business and music.


 The most distinctive, elusive and ultimately satisfying trumpeter of his generation.

The New York Times Motivated by the spiritual and practical value of art, Ambrose Akinmusire aspires to create richly textured emotional landscapes that tell stories of the community, record the time and change the standard. Ambrose's acclaimed quartet will deliver a powerful performance of genre-defying music that sits within the centre and at the periphery of jazz, while intersecting the circles of hip-hop and classical music. Thursday 6 June 8pm 


 A sprawling kaleidoscope of sound, passion, funk, and might. Okayplayer Friday night is all about the Funk with explosive ensemble Ghost-Notepromising seductive danceable grooves and a contagious feel-good energy.

Headed by Snarky Puppy’s multi-Grammy Award-winning percussion duo of Robert ‘Sput’ Searight and Nate Werth joined by a stelllar line up of next level musicians, this is one energy-charged evening not to be missed.
Friday 7 June 8pm

 A singer with a strong and luscious tone and an amiably regal presence on stage.

The New York Times Alicia Olatuja has been astounding audiences with her exquisite vocals, artistic versatility and captivating demeanor.

Her critically-acclaimed album Intuition: Songs from the Minds of Women, celebrates the achievements of esteemed female composers including Brenda Russell, Sade, Tracy Chapman, Kate Bush, Angela Bofill, Joni Mitchell and Linda Creed.
Saturday 8 June 8pm

A powerhouse collective of Canada’s leading jazz composers and improvisers,

CODE Quartet features original compositions that draw from each member’s unique background, along with the premiere of new compositions commissioned by the Festival.
Saturday 8 June 3pm 

SIMON O'NEILL AND THE RODGER FOX BIG BAND The Rodger Fox Big Band continues to defy musical boundaries in a stunning collaboration with international opera star and New Zealand native Simon O’Neill. Spend Sunday afternoon in the company of giants.
Sunday 9 June 3pm

 Wellington Jazz Festival

Monday, March 04, 2019

MC Tali will be at WOMAD 2019

New Zealand's most famous drum and bass export MC Tali has become a prolific artist in the international electronic scene. Originally from a dairy farm in Taranaki, this multi award-winning MC is a fiercely talented freestyler and a soulful singer who has worked her magic with some of the biggest names in the drum and bass scene.

Tali often works with Liquid Lowdown founder and DJ and radio host - Chiccoreli. Originally hailing from London, since arriving in New Zealand more than six years ago, Chiccoreli has played at several festivals around the country including Rhythm and Vines, Rhythm And Alps, Wanderlust, Northern Bass and Splore.

Sat, 10.30 pm, Gables Stage
Sun, 3.00 pm, OMV Taste the World

LAS CAFETERAS will be at WOAMD 2019

Las Cafeteras fuse Afro-Mexican, hip-hop, folk and First Nations rhythms into songs of activism and celebration. Generating a genre-bending sound and electric live performance with four versatile vocalists, their lyrically rich storytelling shares the hidden stories of migrant life in Los Angeles.

Sat, 2.00 pm, TSB Bowl Stage
Sun, 1.00 pm, Todd Energy Brooklands Stage
Sun, 7.45 pm, OMV Taste the World

Angélique Kidjo will be at WOMAD

In 1980 Talking Heads’ Remain in Light album, heavily influenced by the music of West Africa, caught the attention of a young Angelique Kidjo in Paris. Hearing it again years later sparked the idea of a full circle deconstruction that seemed only natural. Using Afrobeat horns and percussion, and infusing the lyrics with new meaning, Grammy Award-winning Angelique brings her stunning twist on a classic album to WOMAD in March.

Fri, 9.30 pm, OMV Taste the World
Sat, 10.30 pm, TSB Bowl Stage