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Radio 3 at Womad 2017

Get ready for a wild weekend of sounds and beats from around the world as Radio 3 returns to Womad.

World on 3 presenters Lopa Kothari, Kathryn Tickell and Andrew McGregor introduce live performances by artists from around the globe – from electro fusion veterans Afro Celt Sound System to legendary choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo and from virtuoso kanun queen Maya Youssef to Baul boss Parvathy Baul.

Meanwhile, musician and presenter Cerys Matthews joins us on Sunday to co-present her weekly BBC Radio 6 Music show as a special live simulcast with BBC Radio 3.

With more hours of live broadcasting than ever before, join us as we go live on air at the BBC Radio 3 Charlie Gillett Stage throughout the festival.

Friday night: gypsy punk rock, Syrian classical, Spanish folk and Estonian turbo-folk

Kicking off more than 11 hours of live broadcasting across the WOMAD weekend, Emir Kusturica and the No-Smoking Orchestra light up WOMAD live from the Open Air stage. The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians make their WOMAD debut and Spanish folk band Viguela are live from the BBC Radio 3 Charlie Gillett Stage, plus recorded highlights from Malian diva Oumou Sangare and Estonian turbo-folk band Trad Attack.

Saturday night: ska, fado, electro-Afro-Celtic fusion and classic Cuban rhythms

Grab your dancing shoes for classic Jamaican ska from Toots and The Maytals on the Open Air stage, Portuguese fado from Raquel Tavares, and collaborative projects from Lamomali, featuring kora master Toumani Diabate and the Afro Celt Sound System. Plus interviews and exclusive backstage sessions from Syrian kanun player Maya Youssef and Cuban singer Daymé Arocena.

Sunday morning: live simulcast with Cerys on BBC 6 Music

Cerys Matthews joins Lopa Kothari live from the BBC Radio 3 Charlie Gillett Stage, for interviews and live performances from onstage artists including Los Angeles Latin band Las Cafeteras, Msafiri Zawose from Tanzania, and Delhi-based outfit The Ska Vengers.

Sunday night: Ghanaian kologo, South African a cappella, Chilean cumbia and Angolan semba

WOMAD 2017 comes to a close with traditional Ghanaian kologo music for the 21st century from King Ayisoba, South Africa's iconic a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Chilean cumbia from Chico Trujillo and the powerful voice and semba rhythms of Angola's Bonga.

Radio 3 listeners will spot some familiar names at Womad 2017…

In Tune Sessions: Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo with music from Zulu ballet 'Inala'

Afro Celt Sound System - The Magnificent Seven (World On 3)

Afro Celt Sound System perform live at the CCA for Celtic Connections

Listen to The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians in session for World on 3

Kathryn Tickell with a studio session by members of The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians.

Discover the full WOMAD line-up on Radio 3, with 11 hours of broadcast footage on air and online, as well as exclusive clips and video sessions here on the World on 3 website.