The Guardian Reviews Dakhabrakha at WOMAD

This was a classic Womad, and the most unexpectedly successful, emotional performance came from a band featuring three women in furry stovepipe hats. DakhaBrakha are from Ukraine and matched edgy, eerie harmony vocals with concertina, cello and percussion work, in an exhilarating set that seemed to sum up their country’s chaos and hope. They veered from moody and atmospheric passages to a furious, exuberant percussive finale in which they waved Ukrainian flags, looking bemused at the delighted reaction they had caused.

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As the rebellious voice of Tunisia, Emel Mathlouthi’s songs have become anthems for the Tunisian revolution and the 2011 Egyptian revolution. We caught up with her to discuss everything from music to being an artist in the Arab world.

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Hassan Hakmoun, “Zidokan”

Moroccan trance music meets Jimi Hendrix. Hassan Hakmoun rocks tradition with his rumbling, three-stringed bass lute (sintir) and the spirit of American blues.

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