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Sun 28 Mar 2010 01:55 PM

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Damian Marley to close WOMAD Abu Dhabi

Marley to make his first ever appearance in the UAE at the three-day music festival.

Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley, son of Reggae legend Bob Marley, will be the closing act at WOMAD Abu Dhabi 2010, the festival’s organisers announced on Sunday.

Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) and WOMAD (World Of Music Arts and Dance) confirmed that Marley will make his first ever appearance in the UAE and is one of a number of new artists announced to play the three-day music festival.

The new artists confirmed to appear at the free festival, taking place at the Abu Dhabi Corniche from Thursday April 22, include Amparo Sánchez from Spain, Debashish Bhattacharya from India, Mayra Andrade from Cape Verde, Sierra Maestra from Cuba, Ilham Al Madfai from Iraq, Tinariwen from Mali performing with Mehdi Haddab from Algeria and Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe from US band ‘TV on the Radio’.

Last week, it was announced that Egyptian legend Hakim is set to headline the event. Founded in 1980 by former Genesis lead singer Peter Gabriel, the first ever WOMAD festival was held in 1982 in the UK. Since then, WOMAD has worked with over 1,000 artists and staged more than 160 festivals in 27 countries including Australia, the USA, New Zealand, Singapore and Sicily.

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