By Shane McGinley
Officials sign a three year deal to stage world music concerts in UAE capital.
Egyptian singing legend Hakim is set to headline this year’s WOMAD Abu Dhabi music festival, it was announced on Sunday.
Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) has signed a three year deal to stage the WOMAD festivals in Abu Dhabi and have announced that the 2010 event will feature over 30 artists.
The festival, which runs for two days from April 22, will open with the Drummers of Burundi.
Hakim, who is known as “the king of Jeel,” will be joined by an eclectic musical mix, including Mongolian folk music group Hanggai, Palestine ensemble Le Trio Joubran, French musicians Babylon Circus, Pakistani singer Faiz Ali Faiz, French musician Titi Robin, Nigerian male vocalist Femi Kuti, the UAE’s ABRI, British group Transglobal Underground and Iran’s Chemirani and Algerian superstar Rachid Taha.
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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