Womad line-up revealed and Ziggy Marley among the headliners

The son of reggae legend Bob Marley is one of the headlining acts of Womad 2020.

Ziggy Marley is an eight-time Grammy Award-winning musician who has blazed a trail of his own and upheld the family legacy begun by his father.

The Jamaican icon, known for his hit songs True To Myself and Love is My Religion, is a singer, songwriter, producer, author, humanitarian and visionary.

He will take to the stage at Womad New Zealand along with 21 other musical powerhouses from around the world.

The line-up for the award-winning three day music and dance festival was announced on Wednesday night and watch out New Zealand, it’s filled with punch and pizzazz.

The festival is famous for bringing together artists from across the globe, and the 2020 line-up sure delivers. There’s musicians from Mali, Finland, Brazil, Jamaica and Japan, representing genres as diverse as hip-hop, gospel, beatboxing, classical and funk.

The 2020 festival will showcase close to 100 hours of music, dance and voices across eight stages, and you’ll want to make sure you catch the dynamic Destyn Maloya from Réunion.

Using pounding percussion and passionate harmonies to reconnect with their ancestors, the band performs songs of slavery that emerged during hundreds of years of French Colonial rule on their island.

Another must see act at Womad 2020 will be Muthoni Drummer Queen, who hails from Kenya and France.

With her flow as a rapper and her exhilarating rocker energy on stage, Muthoni fuses everything from hip-hop to dancehall, retro-soul to R&B, never forgetting her African influences.

The all-female Finnish beatboxers Tuuletar are also bound to be a hit with the Womad audience.

Their music has featured in adverts for the hit HBO show Game of Thrones and the band exudes fierce energy, fresh beatbox rhythms and other-worldly harmonies.

Of course, Womad’s 2020 line-up also includes some of the freshest and most talented acts from Aotearoa. The Kora brother’s L.A.B. will be a major draw card, while The Soaked Oats, Reb Foundation and Albi & The Wolves are also an excellent addition to this diverse line-up.

The ever-expanding World Of Words stage, now held on the sun-drenched lawn of the Kunming Garden will be back, and this festival it hosts a slew of poets, musical legends, authors, entertainers, comedians and educators.

Among the World of Words line-up is bro’Town‘s Dave Fane, founding member of the Split Enz Mike Chunn, and beloved New Zealand comedian Te Radar.

  • Womad NZ 2020 is on March 13 to 15, 2020 at Brooklands Park and the TSB Bowl of Brooklands. Tickets are available from www.womad.co.nz/tickets


Albi & The Wolves (Aotearoa/NZ), Blind Boys of Alabama (USA), Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita (Wales/Senegal), Destyn Maloya (Réunion), Ezra Collective (UK), Hiatus Kaiyote (Australia), Hot Potato Band (Australia), Kim So Ra (South Korea), King Ayisoba (Ghana), L.A.B. (Aotearoa/NZ), Liniker e os Caramelows (Brazil), L Subramaniam (India), Ziggy Marley (Jamaica), Minyo Crusaders (Japan), Muthoni Drummer Queen (Kenya/France), Orquesta Akokán (Cuba), Reb Fountain (Aotearoa/NZ), RURA (Scotland), Salif Keita (Mali), Soaked Oats (Aotearoa/NZ),Trio Da Kali (Mali), Tuuletar (Finland).

Dave Fane (Aotearoa), Joanne Drayton (Aotearoa), Ken Arkind (USA), Mike Chunn (Aotearoa), Miriam Lancewood (Aotearoa), Penny Ashton (Aotearoa), Selina Tusitala Marsh (Aotearoa), Shayne Carter (Aotearoa), Te Radar (Aotearoa) 

Words by Taryn Utiger