2018 has been a massive year for our first round of WOMADelaide 2019 artists, a defining year for many with total reimaginings of classic albums, breakthrough releases and HOMEcomings to name a few.
Before we turn our attention to the new year, we wanted to take a look back on the songs that defined our 2018.
1. Angelique Kidjo - Once in a Lifetime
Paris, 1983: Angelique Kidjo listens to Talking Heads' 1980s Remain in Light album. People told her it was rock & roll but to Anglelique, "it felt African somehow". Heavily inspired by the music of West Africa and in particular Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, the influential artist was not wrong. Fast forward to 2018 and Angelique has turned that iconic album into one of her own, with Once in a Lifetime a standout single.
2. Baloji - Soleil De Volt
3. Christine and the Queens - 5 Dollars
4. John Butler Trio - Just Call
Five years since their last release, John Butler Trio are finally Home and that means a return to WOMADelaide. Long term listeners of the Trio will notice a distinct difference in the meaning, sound and overall genre of John Butler's writing. Love and family are the prominent themes, straying away from political activism in his lyricism to focus on more personal issues. Just Call, an earnest love song is one of the most poignant on the album, taking Butler 13 years to finally finish.