Monday was the final day of WOMADelaide. I liked that nothing started till noon, and ran till midnight, which meant I could sleep in and not miss out on anything.
|Panoramic view from my upper bunk.|
|Good luck getting your tickets back, dude...|
12 - 1 pm, Stage 2As they were the main reason I flew down to Adelaide, I saw Bassekou Kouyaté and his band every time they performed while I was there. There wasn't a huge choice of shady spots at Stage 2, so I sat towards the back and enjoyed the music from there.
Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba (Mali)
|The view from the back.|
|Festival essentials. Pocket guide, hat, water, daypack.|
1 - 2 pm, Stage 1I caught a bit of this at the main stage, but headed instead to Stage 3 where I could still hear the music, while reading and resting in the shade.
Amparo Sánchez (Spain)
|So refreshing on a hot day.|
|People's chairs, set up at main stage in readiness for later that night.|
|Flags, near the bar at the back between Stages 1 and 3.|
2 - 3 pm, Stage 3I do like country and bluegrass, and enjoy a bit of Cajun music too. So I put the book away and enjoyed the Savoy Family, a husband-wife-and-two-sons outfit playing keyboard, fiddle, accordion and guitar. And as suits a Louisiana Cajun family, they spoke English, but sang in French.
The Savoy Family Cajun Band (USA)
Towards the end of the set, while going for a mist-down and water bottle refill, I stopped by Stage 2 to check out Chilean folk rock band Illapu.
3 - 4 pm, Stage 1Wanting to see Souad Massi at 4, I returned to my shady spot at Stage 3 with my book, while listening to the sound from main stage carrying over. East Journey are a rock band from Arnhem Land, with obvious comparisons to bands like Yothu Yindi.
East Journey (Australia)
4 - 5 pm, Stage 3One look through my music collection will show that I have a weakness for guitar-playing singer-songwriters. One example of those is Souad Massi, an Algerian musician now living in France after she received death threats in the 1990s. Both she and her backing band were really good live.
Souad Massi (Algeria/France)
5 - 6 pm, Taste The World tentThe "Taste The World" tent featured interviews with members of several groups performing at the festival, but the main focus was on cooking from around the world. Each band member who participated at this tent brought recipes from their part of the world, and gave a demonstration.
Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba (Mali)
In this case, Amy Sacko (Bassekou Kouyaté's wife, and singer in the group) was interviewed while she prepared Tigadeguena, or "groundnut soup" as we called it in Ghana. They only had an hour time slot, after which music would start up on the next-door Stage 7, but there were no more guests scheduled till later that evening, so the slow-cooking continued till about 6:30 or so, after which the audience members got to taste the meal for themselves.
|Amy was interviewed about her family, Malian cooking, as well as the band's music.|
|Rice and groundnut soup.|
6 - 7 pm, Stage 7While waiting for the peanut sauce to finish cooking, and after my sample meal, I stayed to listen to Mari Boine. Mari is a Sami from the north of Norway, and was another one of many performers at WOMADelaide with an incredible voice.
Mari Boine (Norway)
7 - 8 pm, Stage 4The Workshop set by the Alaev Family was slightly different from their set the night before. This time, they worked in some story-telling as well. Grandfather Allo wasn't there this time, but his two sons took turns telling stories from his and their lives about learning traditional instruments. They spoke in Hebrew, and Zvika translated into English for us. Between stories, they would then play percussion pieces to illustrate the instruments and techniques spoken about.
The Alaev Family Workshop (Tajikistan/Israel)
|Three doyra players in action.|
|Zvika Alaev drumming on his cheeks.|
|There was a little bit of crowd participation. Two girls were chosen out of the crowd to dance onstage.|
|The didjeridu made a return.|
Once again, a musical treat from the talented Alaev Family. Just like with their Sunday night performance, they were again a highlight of the day.
|Recyclable fold-up cardboard seats.|
8.15 - 9.30 pm, Stage 2I took my new cardboard seat and headed to find a spot at Stage 2 to check out Aussie hip-hop ensemble The Herd. I haven't heard (pun intended) much of their stuff before, but they were pretty good. Hip-hop is not one of my favourite genres, and I've got to say that after seeing them, I still prefer Hilltop Hoods and Bliss 'n' Eso.
The Herd (Australia)
9.30 - 10.30 pm, Stage 4
Zoë Keating (USA)
|Zoë closing out the Zoo Stage on Monday night.|
In the middle of the park, lights were strung through the trees, with old lampshades covering them. The effect was like having coloured lanterns, but it was also a cool recycling idea.
9.30 - 11 pm, Stage 1
Goran Bregovic With His Weddings & Funerals Orchestra (Serbia)
|The bright lights of main stage.|
|Goran (seated). The W&FO contained a brass section, a male choir, two female backup singers, and a string section .|
|Balkan party music time!|
The crowd called enthusiastically for an encore, and Goran returned onstage with his drummer and a trumpeter. First up he offered to play us "A drinking song, from the First World War." That went down well with the crowd, who kept dancing. Then as he played the last notes on his guitar, Goran made another announcement. "And now I'll play one from the Second World War." So then we were treated to an Italian partisan song from the 1940s.
The extremely extended encore continued, with the full band, horns, strings and choir returning onstage for a long rendition of their final song, "Kalasnjikov". With that over, Goran and his Weddings and Funerals Orchestra took their bows and finally left the stage at just after 11:40.
With that over, I headed back to the hostel. I stopped along the way to take a few pictures of the lit-up exterior panels on a funky building in the city. The ground floor is a 24-hour Hungry Jacks, the upper floors are a parking garage, yet at night it looks like something straight out of Shibuya.