World music among the wildlife at zoo
Jamaican ska and Cuban music are fused for the headline act at this year's WOMAD at Bristol Zoo. London-based Ska Cubano will take to the main stage as the sun sets in Clifton this weekend.
The 13-piece band are just one of a series of world performers set to entertain festival goers and animals at the Clifton attraction.
Ska Cubano was put together by investment manager Peter A Scott, who upon discovering lost musical links between Cuba and the rest of the Caribbean, had wanted to create an alternative history in which Cuban ska emerged.
He travelled to Santiago de Cuba with Top Cats singer Natty Bo in 2001 and there they rehearsed and recorded the Ska Cubano album over a two-year period, mainly with local musicians including singer Beny Billy.
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Later, Scott and Bo decided to go for a less Cuban sound and formed a line-up in London mainly using UK-based Cuban and other Caribbean musicians.
In late 2010 they went mainstream, when their song Soy Campesino was used for the Christmas adverts for electrical store Comet.
For this year's WOMAD, world musicians will play across two stages and revellers will be entertained with children's workshops and stalls. Some animal houses will stay open late, too, giving visitors the chance to see some of the 400 different species at the zoo.
Other confirmed performers include all-female vocal group The Boxettes; acoustic instrumental quartet Spiro; Jaipur Kawa Brass Band; choir-like trio Perunika Trio; and contemporary African dance, drama and music from Ballet Nimba.
Chris Page, head of guest services at the zoo, said: "After the great success of WOMAD at Bristol Zoo last year we are pleased to announce that the festival will be returning for a second year. With so many diverse entertainers there is something to thrill the whole family."
Chris Smith, WOMAD festivals director, said: "It's all about the penguins... and, of course, the fact that it was so good last year we had to come back. We always thought that bringing artists and animals from all over the world together would work, and the zoo is such a fantastic location we had to come back this year.
"Bristol Zoo and WOMAD have much in common. We both celebrate what the world has to offer, whether it be through 'wild' music or wildlife, and we both work tirelessly to share our passion with a wider audience.
"Bring your families and friends for an unforgettable day with WOMAD, Bristol Zoo and, of course, those penguins."
WOMAD at Bristol Zoo will also help raise money for endangered species in South East Asia as part of the EAZA campaign.
This year, WOMAD also celebrates it's 30th birthday. The first festival was held in Shepton Mallet in 1982 with headline acts including Peter Gabriel and Echo and The Bunnymen. This year's main UK event takes place in Charlton Park in late July.
See listings for more details.
WOMAD at Bristol Zoo takes place on Saturday, June 30, 6pm-11pm. Advance tickets cost £20 (adult) and £5 (child) or £45 for a family ticket. Visit www.bristolzoo.org.uk or call 0117 974 7300.
WOMAD at Charlton Park takes place from Friday, July 27, to Sunday, July 29, 10am 'til late. Tickets cost from £65. Visit http://womad.co.uk.