WOW Global 24 music line-up revealed

22 Jun 2020

Blog Post

As part of WOW Global 24, audiences will be able to watch exclusive performances by incredible musicians from around the world.

The Local Channel, curated by WOW Partners from a round the globe, features music interwoven throughout the 24 hours, with everything from Congolese rapper Naomie Soda to Afrofunk from Taisa Machado.

Over on The Global Channel, every hour will feature WOW Sounds; a short performance by revolutionary female musicians. The programme includes a mix of award winning artists including the platinum-selling front woman and bassist from Noisettes Shingai; the first all-girl Roma band Pretty Loud; West African supergroup Les Amazones d’Afrique; and Tunisian singer-songwriter Emel Mathlouthi, whose protest song “Kelmti Horra” became the anthem during the 2011 Tunisian Revolution and Arab Spring.

There will also be music from the “Diva of the Sudanese Desert” Amira Kheir; the first ever woman to win a film score award in Sri Lanka Gayathri Khemadasa; Syrian oudist Rihab Azar who was the first woman oudist to perform accompanied by the Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music; and Nigerian-British singer-songwriter Helen Epega (The Venus Bushfires) who wrote and composed the world’s first pidgin opera.

WOW Sounds will also feature Manchester based Sufi singer and songwriter Sarah Yaseen; the Zimbabwean ‘Princess of Mbira’ Hope Masike; Indian singer Anandi Bhattacharya who will be accompanied by her father Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, the world famous slide guitar maestro. Originally hailing from Muhoroni township in Kenya, WOW will welcome hip hop artist MC Sharon; one of Iran’s great voices Mahsa Vahdat; guitarist and singer song-writer Rasha Nahas, whose sound was shaped in the Palestinian underground scene; Indian poet, singer-songwriter and urban ecologist Ditty.

Completing the line-up is cultural leader and emerging Afro-Australian icon Kween G; Irish eclectic singer-songwriter Fehdah who describes her sound as “Sahelian-Electrosoul”; Kenyan musical and cultural firebrand Muthoni Drummer Queen; South African Nu-Jazz singer Nono Nkoane; Guatamalean rapper Rebeca Lane who makes socially conscious hip hop; all girl Sri Lankan acoustic band The Singing Potatoes; First Nation (Warnindilyakwa) singer-songwriter and activist Emily Wurramara; First Nation (Maori) singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, Māmā Mihirangi First Nation (Worimi), British, Punjabi, Swiss singer-songwriter from Australia Lydia Fairhall; and internationally acclaimed Zheng (Chinese long zither) player Mei Han.

Visit WOW Global 24's Festival page for more details and tune in from 10.30am (UK time) on Saturday 27 June, right here at The WOW Foundation's website!

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