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WOMAD Music Festival this weekend

by | Sep 29, 2022 | Arts & Culture, Entertainment, News | 0 comments

Top International and Local Music for FREE

WOMAD one of the longest and most respected cultural festivals WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) is coming on a “music safari” to Cape Town this weekend.

Enjoy top international and local music for free at WOMAD festival this weekend 1st and 2nd October!

Founded 40 years ago, WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) brings together artists from all over the globe for a celebration of the performing arts. It has been successfully hosted in over 30 countries with millions of attendees over the last four decades. For the first time in the event’s history, South Africans will get to experience the cultural and music festival with the annual WOMAD South Africa Safari to be hosted in two provinces this October.

‘Cape Town is a city with unrivalled culture and diversity, boasting a heady mix of old and new. Nothing speaks to this more than the city’s creative, arts and entertainment scene. Adding an event of the stature of WOMAD to our annual calendar can only enhance the already flourishing performance art scene in our beautiful city. This is also the perfect platform for local artists to showcase their talent and exchange cultural experiences with artists from other countries across the globe. I would like to encourage Capetonians to head to the V&A Waterfront to enjoy this celebration of art, music and dance,’ said Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis.

WOMAD South Africa festival director Dan Chiorboli has assembled an eclectic and quality-driven mix of global musical talent to set South African stages alight, including some of Africa’s finest performers. In the spirit of sharing ideas and experimenting with new musical styles, there will also be a number of free music workshops for local creatives – including by “First Nations” indigenous artists from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa’s Khoisan community

  • The Cape Town leg of the WOMAD South Africa Safari will take place on Saturday 1 October and Sunday 2 October 2022 with free live performances at multiple venues at the V&A Waterfront. See programme below.
  • As part of the event’s other activities, skills transfer workshops will be held by the international artists at the District Six Theatre, Langa’s Bridge Music Academy, the Ocean View Music Academy and Mitchells Plain Community Centre. Details below

WHAT: WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) 
WHEN & WHERE: V&A Waterfront – venues as above – Cape Town 8001

INFO: Visit 

Here’s the programme  for the WOMAD South African Safari this weekend in Cape Town. Times and artists may have last-minute changes – please keep watching the website for updates!

Saturday October 1 

Nobel Square – V & A Waterfront (12:00 to 16:30 – Free)
Ronan Skillen & Sean Johannes – Dr. Shellie Morris (Australia) – Dizu & Lungiswa Plaatjies – John Ellis

V & A Waterfront Amphitheatre (13:00 to 20:00 – Free)
Pedro Espi-Sanchis (Spain) – Hanepoot Brass Band – Tiki Taane (New Zealand) – Digging Roots (Canada) – Modena City Ramblers (Italy)

Ferrymans Tavern  (18:00 to 22:00 – Free)
Warongx – Jitsvinger

Quay 4 (18:00 to 22:00 – Free, Booking Essential)
“Brazilian Evening”
Sambita – Oceanico (Brazil/SA) – NAPALMA & Ain TheMachine (Brazil)

Sunday October 2

Nobel Square (12:00 to 16:30 – Free)
Julian Place – Adamu and Buddy Wells (Angola/SA) – Reinhardt Buhr – John Ellis

V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre (13:00 to 20:00 – Free)
Uhadi – Hilton Schilder Goema Club – Die Kaapunters – NAPALMA & Ain TheMachine (Brazil) – Modena City Ramblers (Italy)

Ferrymans Tavern (13:00 to 18:00 – Free)
Jenny and the Jameses – Irish Dancers

Quay 4 (15:00 to 20:00 – Free, Booking Essential)
“African Showcase”
Kujenga – Esinam (Belgium/Ghana) – Hassanadas

Saturday October 1
District Six Theatre (10:00 – Free)
“First Nations Indigenous Music Styles”
ShoShona Kish & Raven Kanatakta (Canada) – Dr. Shellie Morris – Kaise Khae April (SAN Khoisan).

Langa (10:00 – Free)
Bridge Music Academy
“Electronics and Loop Stations”
Esinam (Belgium/Ghana)

Mitchell’s Plain (10:00 – Free)
Mitchell’s Plain Community Centre
“Show your identity through your songs”
Tiki Taane (New Zealand)

Ocean View
Venue tbc (10:00 – Free)
“Brazilian percussion & electronics”
NAPALMA & Ain TheMachine


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