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The first-ever capacity crowd at Charlton Park, glorious weather, and a lineup ranging from Indian dance to Sinéad O’Connor. This was a classic Womad, and the most unexpectedly successful, emotional performance came from a band featuring three women in furry stovepipe hats. DakhaBrakha are from Ukraine and matched edgy, eerie harmony vocals with concertina, cello and percussion work, in an exhilarating set that seemed to sum up their country’s chaos and hope. They veered from moody and atmospheric passages to a furious, exuberant percussive finale in which they waved Ukrainian flags, looking bemused at the delighted reaction they had caused.

 

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