Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A World in Musical Motion

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A World in Musical Motion

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Byline: simon broughton

WOMAD Charlton Park, Wiltshire "THE emotional effect of music changes people's lives immediately", said Gilberto Gil on Radio 4's Loose Ends broadcast from WOMAD on Saturday.

As a legend of Brazilian music, a former prisoner and a former culture minister, the lively septuagenarian gave an uplifting finale last night to a weekend of international music that is the festival's stock-in-trade. In the same discussion Peter Gabriel, who started it more than 30 years ago, said: "WOMAD certainly shows the stupidity of racism."

As well as legends such as Gil and Lee "Scratch" Perry from Jamaica, the festival included the Malawi Mouse Boys, playing outside their country for the first time. With homemade guitars and gorgeous harmony vocals, they get their name from their other job selling grilled mice on sticks. Strangely, they weren't invited to do a Taste the World session where musicians cook their favourite dishes.

Family Atlantica, one of the most impressive bands, came from London -- a finely-honed group with members from Venezuela, West Africa and the UK that are as arresting as any of the international stars. …

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