The emblematic band of South African music, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, was the star of the third and most crowded day of Womad, on a gray and cloudy day, with the threatening possibility of cancellation in the minds of more than one, but that, despite the appearance of the rain at various times of the night, it did not prevent its development in Santa Catalina.
The group led by Joseph Shabalala, who returned to this stage 20 years after his participation in this same event, took the stage at around 10.00 pm, to offer that gospel music based on the most sophisticated vocal juggling with the same intensity that nostalgic edition two decades ago and that brought to this city some of the greats of the neighboring continent.
The other great sensation was the unclassifiable Israeli artist Noga Erez with an innovative and original proposal that was the antipodes of the formation of traditional Zulu music. But the edition of yesterday began, with regard to the Santa Catalina stage, with the dancing rhythms of the Gran Canaria Radio Baifa at 18.00 and its shaker of ska, rumba and jazz. He followed, at 20.00, with the mestizo sound of the Colombian singer-songwriter born in Argentina, Sol Escobar, who presented his debut "La dama oscura" (The Dark Lady), from the blues to the light song, through the ranchera, in a melodic and iconoclastic perspective.
And after the a cappella concert of the historical musicians of South Africa the group Bcuc closed, which repeated performance, at around 11.00 pm, and where the group from Soweto returned to offer another ethnic rhythmic download to which they add an experimental and minimalist touch .
On the Boulevard stage, at 7:00 p.m., with the singer and actress from Gran Canaria, Raquel Amegashie, with a repertoire where the chanson or the light song can be found. At around 9:00 pm, the band from Madrid, Colectivo Panamera, performed their versatile and beilable first album.
And at 23.00 it was the turn of Noga Erez, one of the surprises of this edition that offered an experimental electronic music concert in which there was room for many of the most interesting new international trends of the moment with a very elaborate sound. halfway between Björk, St. Vincent and MIA.
The night concluded with the dj Analog Africa already at dawn. Five turtles returned yesterday to the sea on the beach of Las Canteras. To which must be added the functioning of workshops, markets and cycles. For the day today has been reserved the planting of 50 trees at the Finca de Osorio at 9.00, make-up for children at 11.00 in the Miller Building prior to the Parade that will travel the streets from noon with the Baton Rouge Dixieland .