WOMAD Singapore 2005 in the Heartlands

Singapore – WOMAD Singapore will present WOMAD in the Heartlands
on Saturday, August 20 at 6:30pm at the Punggol. Admission is free.
Jointly organized by WOMAD Projects Singapore and the Northeast Community
Development Council, the open field opposite to Compass Point will be
transformed into a night of high-energy and diverse performances by WOMAD
artists onstage, together with WOMAD’s hallmark festival flags and a Global
Village laden with international foods and merchandise.Artists Appearing at in the Heartlands:

Cara Dillon (Ireland)

This young singer-songwriter has won the hearts across Europe in just a few
short years with her irresistibly natural personality and mesmerizing ability to
relate a great story in song, is an all-embracing quality that defies borders,
cultures and even languages.

Ravibandhu Vidyapathy & Ensemble (Sri Lanka)

Classical Kandyan dancer and renowned boundary-breaking choreographer Ravibandhu
will coordinate and direct performances of the percussion and dance of Sri
Lanka. Distinct drumming and dance traditions will be represented, reflecting
the huge cultural diversity to be found throughout the island.

Anna Mudeka (Zimbabwe)

28 local primary school students will work with Anna Mudeka , a talented dancer
and drummer who has collaborated with many of Zimbabwe’s great musicians. See
the students culminate their experience onstage with Anna in just 3 workshops.

Sri Anura (Sri Lanka)

The tradition of puppetry in Sri Lanka goes back 250-300 years. Nalin Gamvary
began to craft string puppets from a young age, taught and inspired by his
father and is adept at carving, making and animating while singing and
improvising dialogue. Marvel at the wonders of Sri Anura puppets that come alive
with Nalin’s magical fingers.

DJ r-H (Singapore)

r-H a.k.a. Rajesh Hardwani takes his myriad of influences from
funk and soul, blues and hip-hop; as well as electronica, big beat, drum and
bass, jazz and more. His sounds are born of these, brilliantly meshed together
into a remarkably cohesive and wildly infectious sound that is all his own.

Kudaushe Matimba (Zimbabwe)

Kuda who last played at WOMAD Singapore in 2001 with The Bhundu Boys, will
accompany Anna and brings his skill as a percussionist and marimba player to the
duo. Together, they will bring the arts of their country alive for the

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