Two more headline acts have been announced for Womad 2018.

Jazz superstar Kamasi Washington and sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar will head to New Plymouth for the three-day festival next March.

Washington, whose Harmony Of Difference EP was released this week, has been compared to John Coltrane, Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis.

Shankar, half sister of Norah Jones and daughter of Ravi Shankar, is a Grammy nominee who has performed with artists including Eric Clapton, Lenny Kravitz and Sting.


The pair join Kiwi rockers Dragon on the bill, with the full line-up announced on October 18.

Womad New Zealand is on March 16 to 18 at Brooklands Park in New Plymouth. Tickets are on sale now from

Julia Deans is set to release new music.

The former Fur Patrol singer and accomplished solo artist will release Walking in the Sun on October 13.

The track is described as being "full of sharp observations about generational roles and behaviours that serve only to restrict people, and especially women".

"The song is really saying, 'Think of all the amazing things we could be doing if we stopped holding each other down'," says Deans. Walking in the Sun will be the first single from her upcoming second album We Light Fire.

Smashproof's TY (Tyree Tautogia) has a new single and is set to release his third solo studio album.

The new track Morning will appear on the album One Hundred, due out October 27.

Speaking about the album, TY said: "It's all about where I'm at in life. Anyone that knows me knows I put 100 per cent into everything. Also this is the first time in my whole career I've had 100% control over an album, with no one suggesting any direction."

Graeme James this week releases his new single Wish You Well.

The track, described as a country-infused dance tune, deals with the departure of an old friend getting on a plane to travel the world.

James has announced a 12-date national tour in October and November, including venues in Hastings, Hamilton and Tauranga. The singer is set to move overseas and the tour is his way of saying farewell to local fans.

James, who features on a number of international Spotify playlists, racking up more than 7 million streams, is one of New Zealand's most listened-to indie artists.

His 2016 album News from Nowhere was a finalist for NZ Folk Album of the Year.

Fri 27 Christchurch Blue Smoke
Sat 28 Dunedin Benessere Studios

Thu 2 Feilding Feilding Little Theatre
Fri 3 Wellington Meow
Sat 4 Hastings Common Room
Thu 9 Hamilton Nirvana Lounge
Fri 10 Tauranga Vinyl Destination
Thu 16 Auckland Whammy Bar
Sat 18 New Plymouth 4th Wall
Thu 23 Queenstown Sherwood
Fri 24 Wanaka Gin & Raspberry
Thu 30 Nelson East Street Vegetarian Cafe

Bic Runga's Drive has had a 21st century makeover as part of its 20th anniversary celebration.

The haunting electronic Silicon remix is an amazing reimagining of the classic Kiwi track.

Runga said: "This remix by Silicon makes me think of self driving cars and sad lovesick robots."

The track has been described as "futuristic and dancey - a vocoded parallel universe that is fully embraced by her alter-ego".

Runga was nominated for this week's Silver Scroll awards for her song Close Your Eyes.

Kimbra has released the first single from her forthcoming third album Primal Heart.

Everybody Knows is a low-key, steadily paced but funky late-night groover.

The two-time Grammy winner who is set to tour Europe features in the forthcoming book 200 Women: Who Will Change The Way You See The World alongside Margaret Atwood, Alicia Garza, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Jane Goodall.

Wellington's Estère has released the video for her new single Control Freak.

The clip, set in central Wellington, was directed by Paascalino Schaller and features Kiwi actresses Johanna Cosgrove and Esther Lees.

Control Freak comes from Estere's forthcoming mini-album My Design, due out on October 13. My Design is part one of an interconnected body of work, due to be released in March as a two-part album called My Design, On Others' Lives.

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