LIKE father, like daughter. The world’s best known Indian musician Ravi Shankar may have joined his famous disciple George Harrison in some incense enshrouded celestial home somewhere above the Ganges four years ago but his offspring Anoushka is continuing the family tradition.

Anoushka Shankar has now fully emerged from the immense shadow of her departed father, who famously appeared in the late Beatle’s Concert for Bangladesh at Madison Square Gardens 45 years ago, to become the world’s foremost sitar player.

She has now been added to this summer’s exotic line-up of far-flung artistes from around the globe who will perform at the annual WOMAD festival at Charlton Park near Malmesbury from July 28-31.

Anoushka, who has been a student of this most complex instrument virtually all of her life, will be joined onstage by Buika, a formidable, husky voiced Majorcan-born singer who combines flamenco with jazz.

Their performance will see a variety of styles and flavours tipped into a heady musical pot. That’s right – typically WOMAD, which this year celebrates its 10th anniversary at Lord Suffolk’s stately back yard, a 30 or so minute drive from Swindon.

If the Shankar/Buika collaboration sounds somewhat cerebral – perfect really for chilling out in what will hopefully be the sun – then another new addition to the bill is sure to lure several thousand world music devotees out of their collapsible chairs and onto their feet.

The Asian Dub Foundation are a full-on, uncompromising outfit whose energetic explosion of electronica, raga, drum & bass and punk is a notoriously thrilling live experience.

They are joined on the opening night’s bill – the Thursday - by Imarhan, a trailblazing band of Saharan desert blues-rockers who were recently lauded by BBC Radio 6Music’s Lauren Laverne.

St Germain – the multi-million-selling electronica nom de plume of musician/producer Ludovic Navarre – created some signature West African sounds of the 1990s and now returns with what promises to be an intoxicating set showcasing the region’s traditional sounds and instruments.

Artistes previously announced for WOMAD 2016 include legendary groove machine George Clinton ex of Funkadelic and Parliament, giant of African music Baaba Maal, one of the world’s foremost current singer/songwriters John Grant and possibly the UK’s leading rapper Roots Manuva.

Among a host of diverse others now added to the bill for Wiltshire’s largest annual music soiree are a “visually enthralling” band of drummers from South Korea called Kim Juhong’s Ensemble Noreum Machi.

The amusingly named Auntie Flo is a DJ/producer specialising in African-accented futuristic sounds, Aynur is a “deeply expressive” Kurdish singer whose admirers include Yo-Yo Ma and Johnny Depp, while the Pierce Brothers are Australian twins majoring in “rabble-rousing neo-folk.”

All you need to know

  • Adult Weekend £175
  •  Disabled Adult Weekend £175
  •  SN16 Resident Weekend £120
  •  Teenage Weekend £85 (14-17 years) - don’t forget to fill out teenage registration form
  •  Children 13 and under FREE
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