Music From a Festival Field

by Various Artists

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  • Womad co-founder tells the truth, the whole truth and nothing but some of the truth

    Womad co-founder Thomas Brooman CBE releases his autobiography My Festival Romance on Thursday 1 June 2017.

    Brooman was one of the organisers of the first Womad festival, held at the Royal Bath and West Showground in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, in 1982. That first event was an artistic triumph but a financial disaster.

    Womad survived, just, and Brooman went on to organise more than one hundred and fifty Womad festivals around the world. His career with Womad came to an end in 2008, just weeks before the announcement that he was to be awarded a CBE by the Queen in her Birthday Honours List for services to music and charity.

    In his autobiography My Festival Romance, Brooman explores the musical influences of his childhood in Bristol and Buenos Aires; he describes how Womad developed out of the Bristol punk scene of the late Seventies; recalls his time organising festivals and travelling the world with some of the biggest names in music; and reflects upon life after Womad.

    The book includes black and white and colour photography.

    “My Festival Romance is the story of a life lived for the love of music. A truly wonderful read.” Miles Hunt, The Wonder Stuff
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These sixteen tracks are a musical companion to My Festival Romance written by Thomas Brooman CBE, co-founder of the Womad Festival.

The artists featured all relate to the lifelong passion for music that Thomas expresses in his book. Many of these artists have played at Womad Festivals in years gone by and others are simply all-time favourite tracks.

All of the artists featured here are fantastic and fearless collaborators, making music that reaches across cultural divides and established genres.

Hamid Baroudi

Born and raised in Algeria, Hamid Baroudi moved to Germany while he was still a teenager. He first worked with the German band Dissidenten before embarking on a solo career. His music has a fantastic groove, drawing upon Algerian and Touareg musical genres including Chaâbi, Raï, Houzi, Sahraoui and Oranais.

Sidi is the title track to Hamid’s third solo album, released in 1990: “He was a child and often dreamed of being a Sidi to be respected like someone noble. He travelled to different countries, learned languages, dug wells and planted trees. One day, when his book was written, they proudly called him ‘Sidi’.”

Totó la Momposina

This classic track comes from the 2000 album Pacantó with twelve string guitar giving the song an almost Cuban feel. Totó’s voice is majestic, powerful and versatile, accompanied by traditional drums, that twelve string guitar, horns, bass and percussion.

Drawing on the music and dance of the Colombian Caribbean, Totó’s work is inspired by a rich mix of African, indigenous Colombian and Spanish traditions. “This production is the result of our dignity, of our pride in having our own culture, of our search for our own roots, in order to discover a unique sonority.”

Totó la Momposina is now in her seventies and her career spans more than five decades. Totó remains full of energy and she overflows with enthusiasm for life and for music. Her story is the story of modern Colombia - culturally rich yet marked by suffering and struggle. As a child, Totó experienced displacement, civil war and racism. As a young wife, she had to confront the expectations of a conservative society in order to pursue her career. But as an artist, against the odds, she has explored and helped to evolve the traditional music of her homeland on the Caribbean coast of Colombia.

Pato Banton

An outstanding and charismatic stage performer and chart star, Pato was born in Birmingham and became a number one recording artist with his version of The Equals smash hit Baby Come Back. Together with his band The Reggae Revolution, Pato Banton has been one of Britain’s most successful reggae artists.

Groovin’ is a 1996 cover of The Rascals’ song from the Sixties. Buoyant, optimistic and fabulously catchy, this is a classic anthem made for the sun - and groovin’ on a summer’s afternoon.


Ghostland was an unusual and innovative musical collaboration between drummer and producer John Reynolds, ace guitarist Justin Adams and cello supremo Caroline Dale. This brilliant track features a guest vocal performance from Cara Dillon. The song should have been a huge hit. Next year? Hope springs eternal.

David D’Or

David D’Or is of Libyan Jewish descent and he is one of Israel’s most famous singers. He has a thrilling countertenor voice and audiences everywhere love him. David has performed for Barack Obama in Washington, Pope John Paul II in Rome and at many other stellar events.

Lecha Dodi is a Jewish liturgical song in the Hebrew language, composed in the sixteenth century by Rabbi Shlomo Halevi Alkabetz. It is recited in synagogues on Friday, usually at sundown, welcoming Shabbat prior to the evening services. It is part of the Kabbalat Shabbat, the "welcoming of Sabbath."

Lecha Dodi means "come my beloved" and asks a mysterious "beloved" - who could be either God or one's friend - to join together in welcoming Shabbat, referred to as the "bride." During the singing of the last verse, the entire congregation rises and turns to the west towards the setting sun, to greet "Queen Shabbat" as she arrives.

This emotive, haunting arrangement reflects the depth of David’s faith and the recording is so far unreleased.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Born in Faisalabad in 1948, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan came from a family tradition of musicians and Qawwali singers six centuries old. Revered during his life and now celebrated in his passing, Nusrat was one of the greatest musical voices of the twentieth century. Anyone who saw him sing knew somehow that they were in the presence of something deeply mystical and significant. A transcendental experience of inarticulate spiritual power. His music came from a source of profound attachment, emanating from belief and Islamic cultural tradition. His voice expressed inspiration and soul in a way that our usual vocabulary to describe song and melody just cannot evoke.

The piece of music here is just a tiny excerpt to guide you in the direction of further listening. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan left a huge catalogue of recordings that provide a fitting legacy to his towering talent. This excerpt is drawn from a release by Oriental Star Agencies ( and you can find more than one hundred and sixty different titles at their website store.

Also well worth investigating are the titles released by the inestimable Real World Records. ( A number of these releases feature Nusrat in collaboration with contemporary artists and producers, including Massive Attack and Michael Brook. These recordings break with tradition and reflect Nusrat’s commitment to musical progress and innovation. "Tradition should not be seen as a dead thing. It is the responsibility of musicians to make music for the people of their time."

Kanda Bongo Man

Central Africa’s most cheerful music machine, a man of dance and total style. With Kanda the only way is up. He wears a smile, cool threads and he has an irresistible swing. I am very proud to have been responsible for bringing Kanda Bongo Man to London in 1983 for Womad at the ICA, an event that launched his international career.

The Well Oiled Sisters

Scotland’s one and only lesbian country rockers, on their finest form. This simple love song features the brilliant violin playing of the Sisters’ token heterosexual, Alison Jones. A fearless band on stage and more fun than Blackpool and Brighton combined.

Michael Messer’s Mitra

This absolute gem comes from Michael Messer, blues man extraordinaire, born and raised in Northwood. Not Northwood in Texas, though, we’re talkin’ Northwood Middlesex here. Michael has been picking guitar and playing Mississippi slide ever since he was a boy and his career flourishes with an ever-widening palette of music and collaboration.

His trio Mitra combine the Mississippi blues of Michael’s lap steel with the beguiling Hindustani scales of Manish Pingle and his Indian slide guitar. The trio is completed by the wonderful Gurdain Rayatt on tabla. This Ganges-kickin’ version of the JJ Cale classic, Any Way The Wind Blows, comes from Mitra’s album, The Call of the Blues, available on Knife Edge Records.

Purna Das Baul, Bapi Das Baul, Manju Das & Bauls of Bengal

Purna Das Baul comes from Bengal in north west India. His name comes from the Baul tradition of mystical belief and music, handed down to Purna Das over seven family generations.

The Bauls are mystic minstrels from Bengal and Bangladesh and their belief is that love for humankind offers the path leading to love of God. They believe that the best worship of God takes place only deep within one's heart.

Baul is a lifestyle, an unconventional behaviour celebrating the freedom and spontaneity of their mystical verse. They are adherents to a belief system that is centuries old. They are both guardians of a musical tradition and the embodiment of a distinct spiritual life. They play, sing and dance to express their inner feelings and their deepest love.

Perunika Trio

The Trio take their name from Perunika, the Slavic goddess of rain and beauty.
These three Bulgarian singers are led by Eugenia Georgieva who formed the group in 2006. This lovely song comes from the Trio’s second album, A Bright Star Has Risen, released by ARC Music Productions.

“The first time I heard a recording of the song, performed by a male group from Bansko at the foot of Pirin Mountain, I couldn’t stop listening to it. It had this enchanting quality, sounding both church-like and Eastern. We adapted it for female voice and it found its way onto A Bright Star Has Risen.”

Ben Baddoo

Ben Baddoo is a hugely experienced musical performer and educator from Ghana. He has lived in the west country since the late Seventies and we met in 1980 at a drum workshop in Bristol led by Ben.

We recorded this track together during 1983 in a single session lasting just three hours. I was keen to unravel the rhythms and syncopations of this contemporary Ghanaian dance beat. Ben played and sang all of the parts, starting with the cowbell and overlaying all of the subsequent drums before his vocal performance. There are nine drum parts added to the initial cowbell and Ben leads us through the family of drums that he uses. The track was engineered by the legendary Steve Street.

Kpanlogo was first played by the Ga people of Ghana, most of whom live in and around the capital city of Accra. Kpanlogo is now performed and enjoyed throughout the country. The music accompanying the Kpanlogo dance is drawn from older Ga drumming traditions. It began in the early Sixties as an innovative dance form, influenced by American rock’n’roll, and giving the younger Ga generations a point of distinction from their elders. Rock’n’roll indeed.

Orfeo Negro

This song is one of my all-time favourites. It is a recording from Argentina, based upon a Brazilian song featured in a 1959 film called Orfeo Negro. Directed by Marcel Camus, Orfeo Negro retells the mythical Greek story of Orpheus and Euridice, set against the background of Rio de Janeiro and its carnival.

Orfeo Negro introduced the world to the smooth Bossa Nova rhythm of Brazil and its popularity swept through South America while I lived in Buenos Aires as a nine year-old boy. Our family bought a copy of this Argentinian recording which augmented the original soundtrack with brass and orchestral arrangements. I fell in love with the romantic melancholy of this beautiful song by Antonio Carlos Jobim as well as the concluding solo by Trumpet Boy.

Billy Cobham and Asere

Billy Cobham was born in Panama. His family moved to New York City when he was just three and Bill grew into one of the world’s most celebrated drummers, embracing the evolving urban language of jazz.

On this track Billy returns to his earliest Latin roots, working with the seven young musicians from Cuba who make up Asere. They create an engaging, dynamic and warm sound.


Born in 1976, Lior Attar is better known simply as Lior. He was born in Israel and moved to Australia when he was ten. He has become one of Australia’s best-loved singer songwriters and this beautiful song comes from Autumn Flow, Lior's debut album.

Recorded and released entirely independently, the album has gone on to become one of the most successful independent albums in Australian music history. I listened to this song for the first time in 2005 when I was driving home at rush hour. The traffic light and queues of cars simply seemed to vanish as the song cast its emotional power and I just burst into tears.

Chartwell Dutiro

Chartwell is from rural Zimbabwe and he first toured in Europe as an mbira player with Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited. Shumba ya Mukwashi means The Lion Spirit of a Hunter and on this recording Chartwell is working together with his band Spirit Talk Mbira. The song has a quiet restraint and calm power that I love.


released June 2, 2017

Bristol Archive Records and Thomas Brooman would like to thank all of the artists, individuals and companies who have kindly given their generous consent for these tracks to appear:

By kind permission of Hamid Baroudi
(P): 2001 Vieklang Musikproduktion GmbH Berlin
Publishers: Songs United Publ./Fab Squad/Partysanen/Universal Publ.
Composer and Producer: Hamid Baroudi

La Paloma:
By kind permission of Totó La Momposina and Astar Records
(P): 1989 MTM Ltda., Nuevos Medios S. A.
Publisher: Yard High/Rio Phagos
Composer: Pablo José Flórez
Producers: John Hollis, Basil Anderson and Marco Vinicio Dyaga with the collaboration of Richard Blair

By kind permission of Pato Banton
(P): 1996 IRS Records
Publishers: Purple Records Dist Corp/Fun City Music Corp (ASCAP)
Composers: E. Brigati & F. Cavaliere

Faith in Love:
By kind permission of Ghostland and Phil Knox-Roberts.
With special thanks to David Jaymes
(P): 2001 instant karma
Publisher: Warner Chappell
Composers: Justin Adams, Caroline Dale & John Reynolds
Producers: John Reynolds and Tim Oliver

Lecha Dodi:
By kind permission of David D’Or
Traditional arranged by David D’Or
Publisher: Copyright Control

Ya Mohammed Bula Lo:
By kind permission of Mr Mohammed Ayyub MBE and Oriental Star Agencies
(P): 1980 Oriental Star Agency
Traditional arranged by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Publisher: Copyright Control
From the Oriental Star cassette Naat Volume 8

By kind permission of Kanda Bongo Man
©: Kanda Bongo Man Productions
Composer: Kanda Bongo Man
Publisher: Hamilcar Music

You Got My Heart:
By kind permission of Lucy Edwards
(P): 1994 Cycle Records
Composer: Lucy Edwards
Publisher: Copyright Control
Producer: John Ravenhall

Any Way the Wind Blows:
By kind permission of Michael Messer
(P): 2016 Knife Edge Records
Composer: J.J. Cale
Publisher: Audigram Songs Inc
Producers: Michael Messer, Richard Causon, Manish Pingle

Sonogo Ayaan Dada:
By kind permission of Bapi Das Baul
Singers: Purna Das Baul, Bapi Das Baul, Manju Das.
Traditional arranged by Bapi Das Baul
Publisher: Copyright Control

Ta Ne Se Si, Mome, Naspalo:
By kind permission of Eugenia Georgieva and ARC Music
(P): 2012 Arc Music Productions
Traditional arranged by Eugenia Georgieva
Publisher: Copyright Control
Producer: Jeremy Birchall

By kind permission of Ben Baddoo
Produced by Ben Baddoo & Thomas Brooman
Traditional arranged by Ben Baddoo
Publisher: Copyright Control

Felicidad (A Felicidade):
(P): 1963 Philips Argentina
Composers: A.C. Jobim & V. de Moraes
Featuring Bruno Mello (Orfeo), Trumpet Boy y su Trompeta de Exito
Publisher: Copyright Control

By kind permission of Astar Records
(P): 2008 Astar/Theatr Mwldan/Billy Cobham/Asere
Composer: Billy Cobham
Publisher: Real World Works/Astar
Producer: John Hollis

This Old Love:
By kind permission of Lior and Mushroom Music
(P): 2005 Lior
Composer: Lior
Publisher: BMG Rights Management US, LLC, O/B/O APRA AMCOS

Shumba Ya Mukwashi:
By kind permission of Chartwell Dutiro
Traditional arranged by Chartwell Dutiro
Publisher: Copyright Control
Producer: Christopher Morphitis

Compiled by Thomas Brooman
Photography Credits: Copyright remains on the various photographers great works and we thank them
All songs published as stated above
All recordings owned by the artists or labels as named and exclusively licensed to Bristol Archive Records.

Artwork designed by Sam Giles
All tracks mastered by Steve Street
(p)(c) Bristol Archive Records 2017
All Rights Reserved
Bristol Boys Make More Noise! – Mike Darby

This record is dedicated to the Bristol Recorder and Wavelength Records.

Thomas would like to pay special thanks to: Mohammed Ayyub, Ben Baddoo, Pato Banton, Hamid Baroudi, Bapi Das Baul, Julia Beyer, Mike Darby, David D’Or, Chartwell Dutiro, Lucy Edwards, Eugenia Georgieva, John Hollis, David Jaymes, Alison Jones, Richard Jones, Phil Knox-Roberts, Lior, Kanda Bongo Man, Michael Messer, Totó La Momposina, Steve Street


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