Celebrated US bassist Thundercat has joined next year’s Womadelaide line-up, alongside 53 additional groups and projects.
The multi-genre musician, who weaves together jazz, hip-hop, psychedelia and funk, is best known for his work with producer Flying Lotus. He also appeared on Kendrick Lamar’s critically acclaimed 2015 album To Pimp a Butterfly.
Thundercat is among 28 international acts to join the bill. They include New York gypsy punks Gogol Bordello; DJ and founder of Stones Throw Records Peanut Butter Wolf; Scandinavian folk duo My Bubba; and experimental Israeli artist Victoria Hanna, whose hypnotic, rhythmic raps draw from ancient Hebrew texts. New Orleans funk and soul group Tank and The Bangas, winners of NPR’s 2017 Tiny Desk Contest, and eight-piece, Chicago-based Hypnotic Brass Ensemble have also been added.
“It is so exciting to be able to reveal the entire program, which crosses so many new boundaries, and countries as varied as Ghana, Sweden, Cape Verde, Turkey, Cameroon and PNG, as well as highlighting major projects in dance, circus and the visual arts,” said Womadelaide director Ian Scobie in a press release.
“The 2018 festival is a true celebration of the wealth of musical and creative invention from some of the world’s most original, brilliant and adventurous artists.”
Local additions include rising multi-talent Baker Boy, known in Arnhem Land as the “Fresh New Prince"; hip-hop collaboration Remi x Sampa (Remi Kolawole and Sampa The Great); nu-soul singer Nai Palm (Hiatus Kaiyote); and Mama Kin, backed by a 16-piece choir. Adelaide acts Lonelyspeck, Naomi Keyte, Abbey Howlett and Tim Whitt will also take the stage.
They join the already announced Thievery Corporation, The Avalanches, Dan Sultan, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Kamasi Washington, Architects of Air and more.
Womadelaide runs from March 9 to 12 at Botanic Park. For the full line-up go to womadelaide.com.au. The Planet Talks program will be released in December.