WOMAD 2016

Reviews, interviews, and live music direct from WOMAD Taranaki, which is happening this weekend in New Plymouth's Bowl Of Brooklands.

Ladyhawke in Session
Ladyhawke’s Pip Brown recently announced the release of her new album Wild Things, due to drop in June and spearheaded by first single, ‘A Love Song’. Ladyhawke plays the inaugural Auckland City Limits festival on Saturday – ahead of her main stage slot, Pip joins us in studio to perform an acoustic version of the track.


Ladyhawke Photo: Jen Carey

Soundway's Miles Cleret
Miles Cleret, founder of the Soundway label, which has introduced western audiences to rare gems from around the globe joins Emma Smith for a dig through his record bag.

Primal Scream
Primal Scream’s genre-bending LP Screamadelica impacted John Campbell’s musical world when it was released in 1991, but the Checkpoint host never got a chance to see the psychedelic Scotsmen in concert. With the release of Primal Scream’s eleventh studio album, Chaosmosis, he talks to the band’s enigmatic leader, Bobby Gillespie.

Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie

Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie Photo: Sam Christmas

Wellington trio Mermaidens - guitarist and vocalist Gussie Larkin, bassist and vocalist Lily West and drummer Abe Hollingsworth - this week released their debut album Undergrowth. Inspired by the music of PJ Harvey and Patti Smith, Warpaint, The Mint Chicks and So So Modern, it's an album of soaring melodies and crushing discordance. Lily and Gussie joined Emma to get under the hood of this moody new release.

Pasifika 2016
The 24th Pasifika festival returned to Auckland’s Western Springs on the weekend, with tens of thousands of people treated to the vibrancy of Pacific Islands’ music and dance, plus a mean feed. Mani Dunlop wanders through the islands to korero with performers and chatty Niuean aunties, while keeping her puku full too.

The Cook Island Stage at Pasifika 2016

The Cook Island Stage at Pasifika 2016 Photo: Mani Dunlop

Introducing: File Folder

File Folder

File Folder Photo: Carlos Gonzalez

Carnivorous Plant Society live at Wine Cellar, Auckland
Taking inspiration from the likes of Ennio Morricone and David Lynch, jazz adventurers Carnivorous Plant Society brought these widescreen influences to bear on a recent set at Auckland's Wine Cellar. RNZ Music’s Andre Upston was there to commit the performance from the Finn Scholes-led outfit to tape.

Carnivorous Plant Society soundchecking at Wine Cellar

Carnivorous Plant Society soundchecking at Wine Cellar Photo: Andre Upston

Haere Rā, Emma Smith
We say goodbye to Music 101 host, Emma Smith. 

Emma Smith

Emma Smith Photo: RNZ / Zac Arnold

Music played in this show


Artist: DJ Katapila
Song: Trotro
Composer: DJ Katapila
Album: Trotro
Label: Awesome Tapes from Africa

Session: Ladyhawke
Artist: Ladyhawke
Song: A Love Song
Composer: Brown
Album: Unreleased
Label: RNZ Recording

Interview: Soundway
Artist: Flamingods
Song: Rhama
Composer: Flamingods
Album: Majesty
Label: Soundway

Artist: The Torreadors
Song: Gwinyitshe
Composer: Teaspoon Ndelu
Album: Gwinyitshe
Label: Gallo (Africa)

Artist: Mike Fabulous
Song: Rhythm 77
Composer: Fabulous
Album: Mike Fabulous And Wild Bill Ricketts ‎– Ricketts Meets Fabulous At Maitland Rd
Label: Self Release


Interview: Primal Scream

Artist: Primal Scream
Song: Trippin' on Your Love, When the Blackout Meets the Fallout, 100% or Nothing, (Feeling Like A) Demon Again, I Can Change
Composer: Primal Scream
Album: Chaosmosis
Label: First International, Ignition 

Artist: Primal Scream
Song: Loaded
Composer: B.Gillespie, A.Innes, R.Young
Album: Screamadelica
Label: Creation

Artist: Primal Scream
Song: Exterminator
Composer: Primal Scream
Label: Creation

Artist: Street Chant
Song: Insides
Composer: Street Chant
Album: Hauora
Label: Flying Out/ Arch Hill

Interview: Mermaidens
Artist: Mermaidens
Song: Under The Mountain II, Cold Skin, Seed, Haz Song
Composer: Mermaidens
Album: Undergrowth
Label: Self Release


Artist: Telugur
Song: The Horse Riding Song
Composer: Telegur
Album: Unreleased
Label: RNZ Recording

Artist: Dhaka Brahka
Song: Toro
Composer: Dhaka Brahka
Album: Unreleased
Label: RNZ Recording

Artist: I.E. Crazy
Song: An Incident on the Edge of Town
Composer: Duncan


Introducing: File Folder
Artist: File Folder
Song: New Born Bugs
Composer: File Folder
Album: Find A Pumpkin
Label: File Folder


Artist: Neko Case
Song: City Swan
Composer: Case
Album: Unreleased
Label: RNZ Recording


Live: Carnivorous Plant Society 
Artist: Carnivorous Plant Society
Songs: Swamp Bossa, Temple Kiss, Steam Press, Numbers, Phantom Finger
Composer: Carnivorous Plant Society
Album: RNZ Music Recording
Label: RNZ Music Recording

The Sampler: From Scratch- Five Rhythm Works
Artist: From Scratch
Songs: 5,6,7 & 6,7,8 from Gung Ho 1,2,3D; Passage; Drumwheel Part 2
Composer: Dadson
Album: Five Rhythm Works
Label: EM Records


Artist: The Drones
Song: To Think That I Once Loved You
Composer: The Drones 
Album: Feelin Kinda Free 
Label: TFS Records

Artist: Bic Runga and Hollie Fullbrook
Song: So Long Frank Lloyd Wright
Composer: Simon
Album: Unreleased
Label: RNZ Recording