Womad has announced who's joining The Specials in 2017

After causing a stir with the announcement of its headliner, The Specials, Womad has now released the rest of its line-up for 2017.

In true Womad style, the UK Ska legends will be joined by acts from across the world, including Grammy-nominated Brazilian artist Bebel Gilberto; French-Chilean musician Ana Tijoux; Vietnamese musicians Hanoi Masters and more.

Local artists include Auckland act Mt Eden, Kiwi favourites Sons of Zion, and Wellington producer Lord Echo - who blends everything from funk and disco to reggae, soul, and African rhythms.

The huge lineup (see full list below) will help Womad celebrate its 13th anniversary back in Brooklands Park and the TSB Bowl where it's gained a reputation as one of the most beautiful outdoor festivals in the world.

Tickets for the festival are on sale now ranging from $79-$261 depending on which day or how many days you go, and single day passes are available for $35 for children aged 12 and under.

Here's the full lineup (in alphabetical order)
9Bach (Wales)
Ana Tijoux (Chile)
Archie Roach (Australia)
Aziza Brahim (Western Sahara)
Bebel Gilberto (Brazil)
Brushy one string (Jamaica)
Emir Kusturica & the No Smoking Orchestra (Serbia)
Hanoi Masters (Vietnam)
Hot 8 Brass Band (USA)
Inna Mojia (Mali)
La Mambanegra (Colombia)
Lord Echo (Wellington/Aotearoa)
Mercedes Peón (Spain)
Mt Eden (Auckland/Aotearoa)
Oumou Sangare (Mali)
Rob Ruha (Matakaoa (Gisborne)/Aotearoa)
Sinkane (Sudan/USA)
Sons Of Zion (Auckland/Aotearoa)
The East Pointers (Canada)
The Soil (South Africa)
The Specials (UK)
The Swan Sisters (Christchurch/Aotearoa)
Sudha Ragunathan (India)
Swamp Thing (Tauranga/Rotorua/Aotearoa)
Warsaw Village Band (Poland)

The Low Down

Where: Brooklands Park and TSB Bowl of Brooklands, New Plymouth
When: March 17 - March 19, 2017
How: For tickets and info head to Womad.co.nz

- NZ Herald

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