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Students represent SOAS Music at WOMAD

31 July 2013

Three SOAS, University of London students recently won the chance to represent the School at WOMAD, the UK’s premier World Music Festival, courtesy of BBC Radio 3.

Radio 3 offered three weekend tickets and backstage passes to the festival at Charleton Park in Wiltshire from 25 – 28 July. In addition, SOAS contributed a £150 bursary per student to attend.

This opportunity is the result of SOAS’ collaboration with the radio station for the 2013 World Routes Academy, presented by Dr Lucy Durán, Lecturer in African music at SOAS.  

The students who applied for the tickets submitted 250 words on ‘What I like about studying music at SOAS’. Those selected were chosen for their engagement with the Music study programmes and their passion for studying at SOAS. 

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L-R: SOAS BA Music student ambassadors Kiana Arnott-Job and Katherine Pegler; a member of Familia Atlantica; MMus student ambassador Jude Winwood and SOAS BA music student; Aimé 'Mulele' Kikanzu, bass guitar player with Familia Atlantica, just off stage from their set.
In their descriptions, Jude said: “In no other music department would I have been able to personally witness the high impact of academia on promoting unique musical production from many regions all over the world.”

The winners of this competition were MMus Ethnomusicology student Jude Winwood, and first-year BA Music students Katherine Pegler and Kiana Arnott-Job.

Katherine wrote: “What I like most about studying music at SOAS is being part of a community that is at the forefront of positive global attitudes”.

Kiana Arnott-Job said: “…at SOAS you get to see how politics, geography and a lot of other factors play into the making of music. SOAS manages to give you the whole picture of the music, giving you a sense of the world around you without moving anywhere.”
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Jude Winwood meets founder of WOMAD Peter Gabriel

The students were introduced to the artists and Radio 3 team by Dr Durán, who was presenting on stage and live on air during Radio 3’s weekend coverage of the festival. They also had the opportunity to meet this year’s World Routes Academy protegée, the 18-year old London-Azeri singer Fidan Hajiyeva.

Dr Durán commented: “Whenever I introduce a band on the Radio 3 stage at WOMAD I’m always thrilled to see so many SOAS music students among the audience, both current and former – some going back many years. But I’m just as likely to find a SOAS student in the band that we’re broadcasting, or backstage as a journalist. WOMAD is a natural home for SOAS students – and SOAS is a natural place for festival-goers to learn more about the many cultures and styles represented at this major world music festival.”    

To listen again to the live broadcasts from WOMAD 2013, visit the BBC Radio 3 website.

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