Womadelaide 2020: uplifting, political and expansive festival offers hope amid the doom | Culture

Botanic Park, AdelaideWith Mavis Staples, Aldous Harding and Spinifex Gum in the lineup, the world music festival offered plenty of reasons to look up from our phones – and towards each other If Womadelaide had been held a few weeks later, the coronavirus bomb that is detonating over the world may have stopped the festival’s 28th year in its tracks. With more than 97,000 people congregating in an Adelaide park to see 70 music and dance acts from 32 countries, it simply wouldn’t have passed the elbow-tapping greeting test. In the end, Ziggy “One Love” Marley was the only act to pull out (due to “unforeseen family responsibilities”) of a multigenerational lineup that showcased much-loved veterans – including Brazil’s samba-rock king Jorge Ben Jor (77) and Mali’s Afro-pop pioneer Salif Keita (70) – as well as rising newcomers. Blind gospel legends the Blind Boys of Alabama opened the festival on Friday evening in sparkly black suits, delivering joyful renditions of People Get Ready and Spirit in the Sky, and bringing us some much-needed “good news”: “We’re still here!” hollered gravelly-voiced Jimmy Carter, who at 87 is the only remaining original member of a group that played its ...

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