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Womadelaide 2012 lineup announced

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The lineup for next year's Womadelaide has been announced.

The 20th anniversary of the Australian music and dance festival, which takes place in Adelaide's Botanic Park in March 2012, is scheduled to feature a lineup of more than 550 artists from 34 different countries.

Event organiser Annette Tripodi told The ABC: "We've got a bit of a combination of some artists that we've loved from past festivals, like Tinariwen from Mali, Gurrumul from Australia, and mixing them up with a lot of artists who are making their Australian debut or their Womadelaide debut like Staff Benda Bilili from the Democratic Republic of Congo and many, many more."

Other performers include the Master Drummers of Burundi, French gypsy troupe Lo'Jo, Sharon Shannon Big Band from Ireland, Indian santoor virtuoso, Shivkumar Sharma and Aussie acts. Blue King Brown and the Pigram Brothers.

This year's Womadelaide featured performances from Indigenous musician Archie Roach, Canadian singer Martha Wainwright, Nathalie Natiembé from Reunion, Ukrainian group DakhaBrakha and Brazilian band Os Mutantes.

Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett recently led a number of on-stage discussions by artists, writers and scientists at a Womadelaide spinoff festival in the Adelaide Hills.

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