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WOMADelaide – best weekend of the year

February 25th, 2020 by

Whenever summer begins to make way for the dappled light of autumn, my mind turns to WOMADelaide; the expectation of the year’s best weekend coming up, and the memories of so many previous WOMADelaides.


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August 18th, 2019 by

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Fatoumata Diawara on Mali, music and militants

Fatoumata Diawara on stage
January 29th, 2019 by

I had a chat with Fatoumata Diawara ahead of her appearance at WOMADelaide 2019.

Brian: First of all, many congratulations on your nomination for this year’s Grammy Awards for your album Fenfo. Will you be attending the Awards Ceremony?

Fatou: Yes, I’m going to go, definitely. Last year it was the Victoires de la Musique in France, so I’m familiar with the significance of the ceremonies.

Brian: Many West African artists we’ve had at WOMADelaide have been in the wall of sound tradition, with horns, electric guitars and kora all competing for attention. But your new album Fenfo is much more spacious and open in style. Is that the style you prefer to use?

Fatoumata Diawara

New Internationalist Calendars and Diaries available now

New Internationalist calendars and diaries
September 5th, 2018 by

If you’ve had some of our beautiful New Internationalist Calendars and Diaries before, you’ll know how striking and colourful they are, presenting a positive world-view.

The 2019 editions are available now. Yes, I know, 2019 sounds a bit alarming when it’s only September. But each year a few people miss out because they don’t order early enough, and I don’t want you to be one of them.

This year ordering is different. We don’t have stock in our office; instead ordering online through Booktopia is best. Click a link below for the items you want:

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New Internationalist digital magazines
June 12th, 2018 by

If you’re getting an error message saying something like “Secure connection failed” or “Your connections is not private” when visiting the New Internationalist digital magazine site, it’s a false flag.  Here’s how to fix it.

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Nano Stern on Chilean musical heritage and the revolutionary act of kindness

Nano Stern
February 12th, 2018 by

Ahead of his appearance at WOMADelaide 2018, I spoke with Chilean singer, multi-instrumentalist and song-writer Nano Stern about cultural heritage, his hopes for the future and the incomparable instrument, the human voice.

Brian:  It’s been six years since we last saw you perform at WOMADelaide, and eight years since your Live in Concert album was recorded in Mullumbimby. What are the main changes we can expect at WOMADelaide 2018? Different instruments and band line-up? More influence of rock and jazz or stronger influence of Chilean roots since your return to live in Santiago? (more…)

A curious story on the West’s fatal attraction to Asia’s education system

Education testing
September 12th, 2017 by

In case you missed it, there’s a fascinating piece in the New Internationalist magazine – Bad Education: Time to fix it – that’s being widely read.


WOMADelaide 2017

WOMADelaide 2017
August 17th, 2017 by

The sprinkling of rain at the start of this year’s WOMADelaide didn’t do much to quell excitement. A rather good lineup, delicious food stalls, and friendly crowd in Botanic Park all returned to the four day world music festival.

I find it difficult to quantify WOMAD weekends; they’re reliably wonderful experiences and each year the highlights are unexpected, but this felt like a particularly good year. (more…)

Renewable energy: solar thermal power for Port Augusta

August 16th, 2017 by

For the past five years we’ve been tracking the superb renewable energy activism of the Port Augusta community in South Australia in their quest for a solar thermal power station.

2016 marked the end of six decades of coal-fired power generation at Port Augusta and now we finally have the announcement of a replacement that will provide dispatchable renewable energy, using CSP (Concentrated Solar Power) technology.

It’s quite brave leadership from the South Australian State Government. They’ve had to put up with a year of denigration and ridicule from the Federal Government for an ambitious transition-to-renewables program. But they’ve pushed on relentlessly, culminating in the announcement of the world’s biggest battery storage last month and now the solar with storage plant announced this week.


WOMADelaide 2016

WOMADelaide 2016
June 28th, 2017 by

The music may have been and gone, but the memories come flooding back when I look over the photos from a wonderful weekend of WOMADelaide in 2016.

Here’s how I experience WOMAD each year, what does yours look like? (more…)