Live performances and interviews with RNZ Music
RNZ Music recorded several live acoustic sessions, live stage performances and interviews with WOMAD artists in 2020.
The all-Women Mexican Mariachi ensemble Flor De Toloache
From Worlds of Music, 2:00 pm on 20 June 2020
An interview with the Latin Grammy Award winning all-Women Mariachi ensemble Flor De Toloache who have overcome a number of obstacles in their career since they formed in New York City in 2008. Mariachi is traditionally a male dominated genre so it’s been no easy road for this band. However their musical prowess and vocal harmonies have been their passport to winning over an international audience with their progressive and traditional mariachi repertoire and well-crafted original songs. Equally, their respect for traditional form has seen Flor De Toloache deliver 3 albums, tour widely, including Womad 2020 and win Grammy Awards.
The Blind Boys of Alabama
From Worlds of Music, 2:00 pm on 6 June 2020
An interview recorded face to face at Womad 2020 with Jimmy Carter, the oldest surviving original member of the Blind Boys of Alabama who proved to be one of the highlights of the Womad weekend. Jimmy is 88 years old and talks about the Blind Boys of Alabama distinguished career spanning an era that included a World War, the civil rights movement and performing the White House for 3 different presidents. Jimmy proved to be a charming and inspiring man.