Tomorrow's highlight is Baaba Maal (right) & Daande Lenol. Senegal's Maal is a modern African vocal star, in the sense that he can capture traditional spiritual intensity in his rich tunes but uses Nineties sounds. Also appearing tomorrow is Zaire's glorious Papa Wemba: great vocals with Zairean characteristics, but with a hint of Parisian and rhumba rhythms.
Sunday has its share of top singing stars as well. Diva Margareth Menezes from Brazil fuses black batucada with Latin rhythms, and Mali's Ali Farka Toure comes with the tag, "The greatest blues guitarist of West Africa".
Womad was a sell-out last year. A sign, perhaps, that we're finally beginning to appreciate it.
Womad Festival, Rivermead, Reading (01734 591 591) today to SunReuse content