The Womad de Cáceres festival faces this Saturday, the 7th, its third and last day of concerts that will begin with the Extremaduran group Pacombo Latino and the Chilean Ana Tijoux will close. Almost six hours of live music on the two stages of the contest, Plaza Mayor and San Jorge, in a massive edition of the contest after two years without being held due to the pandemic.
In total, there will be seven concerts as well as workshops for adults and children, storytelling, a global market and other activities that are included in the festival programme, which ends tomorrow, Sunday, with a farewell parade that will leave at 5:00 p.m. Plaza de San Jorge to the Plaza Mayor.
For now, this Saturday the concerts will begin at 6:45 p.m. in the Plaza Mayor with Pacombo Latino, a project created in 2009 in Extremadura to fuse different types of music such as classical, jazz, Cuban, etc. The second proposal with an Extremaduran label will arrive at 7:40 p.m. with the performance of Cool Up & The Sherlock Horns, a group founded in 2017 dedicated to the creation of reggae music that has produced, to date, six vinyl records.
From Burundi comes JP Bimeni & The Black Belts, who will go on stage in the Plaza Mayor at 9:00 p.m. Bimeni is a survivor of violence in his country since, in the 1990s, he survived a gang shootout. He escaped to the United Kingdom and plunged into the world of soul, from which he has cemented his career, according to the festival organization. In 2018, the BBC chose his album as the best of the year.
An hour later, in the Plaza de San Jorge, the rhythms of the singer, composer and actress Liraz will sound. Of Israeli-Persian origin, she will play her electro pop collected on her second album, Zan (woman in Farsi, the language spoken in Iran), released in 2020 and for which she collaborated via the Internet with composers and musicians from Iran.
Back on stage in the Plaza Mayor, at 11:00 pm, Baiuca will perform with his revelation project of ‘folktrónica’ in which the Spaniard Alejandro Guillán mixes traditional Galician rhythms with contemporary electronic music. In 2019 she offered more than 60 performances and in 2020, despite the difficulties of the pandemic, she reached thirty.
At the stroke of midnight you will arrive at St. George’s Square Theon Cross. Born in London, he graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and was a student of the legendary Tomorrow’s Warriors. Theon Cross has redefined the vision of the tuba and expanded the sonic possibilities of the instrument with which it has become indispensable in British jazz. In 2019 he released ‘Fyah’, which reached number 1 on the UK jazz chart.
To close this Womad festival, the organization has opted for the Chilean Ana Tijoux, who will go on stage in the Plaza Mayor at one in the morning. Composer, lyricist and winner of a Latin Grammy in 2014 for the song ‘Parallel Universes’, she practices a colorful and fused hip hop of great political and social sensitivity.
Feminist and activist, this daughter of exiles from the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile, denounces sexist violence and gender inequality in her lyrics. She is about to publish her first poetry book and her fifth studio album.
Regarding the rest of the festival’s activities, workshops for adults will begin at 5:45 p.m. in Plaza de San Jorge. The first will be carried out by Pedro Espi-Sanchís, specialized in African music and instruments. At 8:00 p.m. it will be Morilie Taiwo’s turn, who will give a Jamaican dance workshop.