WOMADelaide Day #2: Korean Drums, Senegalese Grooves, and Vietnamese Strings

Screen Shot 2017-03-11 at 5.00.10 pmLamine Sonko & The African Intelligence. Photo credit: Rachel Wong

Our coverage of WOMADelaide 2017 continues with Day #2! Today sees personal favourites Hanoi Masters, Sikh rapper L-FRESH The Lion, and kooky Koreans TAGO take the stage. Join us as we navigate our way through this magical festival.

Lamine Sonko & The African Intelligence

A Youtube favourite, Lamine Sonko & The African Intelligence did not disappoint with their upbeat hits and energetic dancing. Reminiscent of Bob Marley at his height, Sonko and his band signalled day #2 in the best possible way. 

Processed with VSCO with hb1 presetHanoi Masters. Photo credit: Rachel Wong

Hanoi Masters

Dressed in their traditional Vietnamese garb, this trio who have only left their home town collectively once before, wowed the crowd with their technical finesse on their string instruments. Zither player, Vân-Ánh Võ, also served as band leader and informed the crowd on the significance of poignant songs such as “Song For Fallen” and “Return Home”.

Screen Shot 2017-03-11 at 5.03.08 pmL-FRESH The LION. Photo credit: Rachel Wong


This loquacious Sikh rapper from Melbourne set the Novatech stage alight with his fast rhymes and inspiring lyrics. Ably assisted by MC Mirrah, L-FRESH The LION skilfully incorporated Asha Bhosle-sounding vocals to his tracks which served as a perfect nod to his roots.

Screen Shot 2017-03-12 at 1.41.03 amTAGO. Photo credit: Rachel Wong


Is it too early to declare TAGO our festival favourites? Fluent in traditional Korean rhythms and percussions, these charismatic and handsome lads combined excellent drum work with slapstick comedy. Some of their drumming sections lasted more than five minutes, leaving us amazed at their incredible stamina.

Rachel Wong and Masya Zabidi


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