5 under-the-radar gems from 2017's WOMADelaide line up

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Whether you're going or not, don't miss hearing these WOMADelaide highlights.

WOMADelaide takes over Adelaide's Botanic Park again this weekend, bringing people a fine array of diverse music from all around the world. 

Not all of the acts on the bill are household names, so here are a few tips if uyou're looking to discover something ewn from this bill - whether you're heading along or not.

Inna Modja

Malian artist Inna Modja was encouraged to sing as a child by her neighbour, legendary afro-pop musician Salif Keita.

A mixture of electronica, hip hop, desert blues and African influence, her music is powerful and so is her message.

Inna is outspoken when it comes to issues such as female genital mutilation and violence against women and has a very powerful and positive message for the future.

A strong young woman, Inna sings in both her mother tongue, Bambara, and English throughout her songs. She’s just released her latest album Motel Bamako, and no doubt she will have us all simultaneously thinking and dancing at WOMADelaide this year. 


That falsetto!

Genre-blending is the word of the day when it comes to this US-based artist. Blending Sudanese pop, Afrobeat, soul, jazz, funk and krautrock, Sinkane is the true definition of world music.

Born in London, he lived in Sudan for years before moving to the US. He’s worked as a session musician with the likes of Caribou, Of Montreal, Born Ruffians and Yeasayer but took centrestage with his Mean Love album in 2014.

He’s just released his latest offering, Life & Livin’ It, and it continues in the same vein - smooth vocals, solid beats and an undercurrent of Sudanese culture.

The Soil

The Soil met in high school, making music and mixing harmonies in the corridors between classes. Now they are one of the most popular acts to have come out of Soweto.

They define their style as Kasi Soul, a mixture of deep gospel, soul, jazz, beatboxing and the harmonies from their township.

If you ever thought that a capella was a dying art form then you need to hear these guys - they are seriously breathing new life into the genre, while making it entirely their own.

Their new album is in the works, reportedly featuring special guests such as legendary South African musician Hugh Masekela and Nigerian singer Asa. 

Parov Stelar

Electro swing is rapidly increasing in popularity, but Parov Stelar was one of the originators of the genre back in the 1990s.

An Austrian producer, musician and DJ, he will be bringing magnetic chanteuse Cleo Panther with him to Australia this time around. She’s been collaborating with Parov Stelar for years, and her saucy vocals grace tunes like ‘Nobody’s Fool’ and ‘Sally’s Dance’.

So, if you feel like stepping back in time to a world of 1920s cabaret but don’t want to give up the beats and energy of modern day electro, this is your jam. 

Ana Tijoux

In the late 1990s Ana Tijoux rose to fame as the MC of hip hop group Makiza. But these days she is one of the most respected bearers of rap en Espanol in her own right.

She is outspoken about injustice in the world, melding traditional sounds with her forthright messages and empowered sound.

Growing up in Paris, Ana traced her Chilean roots and moved back to her homeland after the return of civil power in 1993. Her music blends both her French and Chilean heritage, and is a force to be reckoned with.

Political and passionate, she is one of the top MCs in the world, and well worth a look at WOMADelaide this year.