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14-18 NOW at WOMAD

24 - 27 July 2014

CHARLTON PARK, WILTSHIRE

Image credit: © Sabela Music Projects

14-18 NOW at WOMAD

Image credit: © Sabela Music Projects

14-18 NOW was excited to work with WOMAD, a festival that showcases the role of music and performance in world culture, during the first season of centenary commemorations. Like 14-18 NOW, WOMAD recognises the vital part played by the arts in the maintenance and enrichment of a society’s shared heritage.

A specially-commissioned new work by Zimbabwean music collective Siyaya showed how a healthy musical culture can help to sustain communities through conflict and political upheaval. The Shona name ‘Siyaya’ means ‘we are on the move’, as befitting a high-energy group of musicians, percussionists, vocalists and dancers. Originally from Bulawayo, their work with schools and community programmes has shown how the continuity of culture can transcend tumultuous social change. This new work, created specifically for this concert, was performed amidst their traditional repertoire of songs and dances.

 

Siyaya’s new work was co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and WOMAD.

14-18 NOW was excited to work with WOMAD, a festival that showcases the role of music and performance in world culture, during the first season of centenary commemorations. Like 14-18 NOW, WOMAD recognises the vital part played by the arts in the maintenance and enrichment of a society’s shared heritage.

A specially-commissioned new work by Zimbabwean music collective Siyaya showed how a healthy musical culture can help to sustain communities through conflict and political upheaval. The Shona name ‘Siyaya’ means ‘we are on the move’, as befitting a high-energy group of musicians, percussionists, vocalists and dancers. Originally from Bulawayo, their work with schools and community programmes has shown how the continuity of culture can transcend tumultuous social change. This new work, created specifically for this concert, was performed amidst their traditional repertoire of songs and dances.

Also at WOMAD: Richard Thompson performed a suite of new songs inspired by wartime correspondence, and festival-goers were invited to compose their own letter as part of Letter To An Unknown Soldier; for more details on this nationwide commission, see here.  

For tickets and more information visit WOMAD.

Siyaya’s new work was co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and WOMAD.

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Dates, Times & Locations

24 – 27 July 2014

Charlton Park, Wiltshire

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