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Womad 2023 review — still an uplifting feast of global music

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An evergreen oasis of mellow egalitarian vibes in a summer of overhyped superstar festivals, this year’s Womad drew a reliably huge, all-ages crowd to its leafy Wiltshire home. The term “world music” may be outdated and problematic nowadays, but the multicultural idealism that first powered this feast of global roots music 41 years ago remains a powerful, uplifting, tangible force.

Reggae was once Womad’s universal currency, and it remains deeply woven into the festival’s DNA. But hip-hop is the true world music of the past 30 years, and figured prominently this year. Festivities kicked off on Thursday night with a party-friendly blast of hip-hop, jazz and house music from the New York rap legends Jungle Brothers. Later in the weekend the Brazilian rapper, activist



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Taliban burn musical instruments – DW – 07/30/2023

Taliban's religious police reportedly burned a number of musical instruments in the western province of Herat, according to a Sunday report by the state-run news agency Bakhtar. Sheikh Aziz al-Rahman al-Muhajir, the provincial head of the Ministry of Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, said music led to "misguidance of the youth and the destruction of society," according to the report. People could be corrupted, according to the official. The Taliban banned nonreligious music the last time it ruled the country in the 1990s. Pictures […]

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