Shambala Festival returns on Aug 24 – 27th 2017 with a rich and diverse musical line. Favouring fresh acts from all over the world, with a few festival must-haves thrown in for good measure, Shambala always hits the mark when it comes to a music line-up.
This year, Shambalans will be dancing to the sounds of Grammy Award-winning Malian singer – Oumou Sangare; swaying to the soulful songs of Alice Russell and listening to the legendary Benjamin Zephaniah and The Revolutionary Minds.
Lovers of sunshine music will be well catered for – as festival-goers will be taken on a sizzling journey across the Tropical Belt – warming everyone’s soul with the hottest world beats spanning Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and more. We will hear from the likes of: Clap! Clap!, Msafiri Zawose, Matuki, Soccer 96, Jupiter & Okwess International and Debruit.
For something a little different, Addictive TV will be presenting their Orchestra of Samples. This project has brought musicians together from hundreds of countries who wouldn’t normally perform together, and whose instruments wouldn’t normally be heard together. They then cut up thousands of recorded samples, creating new music, recontextualising musicians as if they played together. Unmissable.
Dipping into different venues and letting your ears lead the way is part of the beauty of being at Shambala. Musical horizons are likely to be stretched with the likes of Soweto Kinch, Kimyan Law, BKO Quintet and My Nu Leng among others.
For more mellow moments, singer-songwriters such as John Smith, Laura Gibson, Three Cane Whale not to mention Iranian musician Mohammad Reza Mortazavi will add the right amount of acoustic to pique our curiosity and soothe our souls.
There’s plenty on the list to help everyone to dial up their sass level and strut their stuff. Chali 2Na & Krafty Kuts, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Ezra Collective and Stereo MCs will certainly help to get the party started. The sounds of Macka B and the Roots Ragga Band, DJ Storm B2B DJ Dazee, Nicky Blackmarket and Critical Soundsystem featuring Kasra, Foreign Concept and Sam Binga will definitely deliver music to skank, shout and jump about to.
Dan Raffety, Music Director says:
“This is a line up of discovery and we’re delighted with the range of music that will be at Shambala this year. Literally there is a sound from almost every part of the world! It’s going to be the perfect sound track to the rest of the fun and games.”
From funk to folk, punk to rock, Afrobeat to jazz, dance to drum n’ bass, dreamscapes and new discoveries Shambala caters to everyone’s tastes.
Published on 22 August 2017 by Ben Robinson