Monday, March 26, 2012

Billy Bragg and Johnny Clegg Added to the 2012 Mariposa Folk Festival Line-up!

     The line-up for the 2012 Mariposa Folk Festival got an impressive boost today with the addition of two international artists and musical activists, Billy Bragg and Johnny Clegg. They will share the bill as headliners on the Sunday evening main stage.

    The influence of Johnny Clegg transcends his joyful fusion of Western pop and African Zulu rhythms. Musical activism has made him one of South Africa’s most celebrated sons, and an inspiration around the world.

   Alternative folk rock musician and left-wing activist, Billy Bragg, is closely associated with leftist political movements. It is only fitting, then, that he was asked to put Woody Guthrie’s unrecorded lyrics to music, in a celebrated collaboration with the band, Wilco.

About today’s announcement, Mariposa Folk Festival Artistic Director, Mike Hill, said, “These performers are globally acclaimed for their valuable social and artistic contributions. They honour the tradition of folk music as a positive force for change, and we are very pleased to present both of them on our Sunday evening stage”.

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