Wherever I happened to be standing, another band or singer was performing some of the most soulful music to a beat that I've danced to in a long time. I discovered and fell in love with Grammy Award Winner Dobet Gnahore, a stunning young woman from the Ivory Coast, who had the crowd dancing the whole way through her set; loved Mayra Andrade from Cape Verde, whose music I've been playing for months and the Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, who played wonderful upbeat reggae and apparently came together in a refugee camp. I missed so many others but did catch Imelda May from Ireland who got the whole content of the main Siam Tent rocking to her blue grass.
I also caught Greenpeace's photobooth with their genuine Banksy backdrop and the cashmeres for £2 courtesy of the large festival special Oxfam shop. Riverfood ran a really interesting Taste The World Area where several musicians were playing and cooking at the same time.
Womad has Soul; great food; clean loos and lots of space. Everything, sorry to say, that I didn't find the week before at Latitude. I am definitely going back to Womad for the whole weekend next year.
I spent the day with my friend - and ex-boyfriend John - and I told him of the wide response I got to my last blog about virtual love. He told me all his experiences dating on the web from a man's point of view and I shared mine. Promise to share his perspective soon. We also entertained ourselves guessing which couples we saw were long term and which ones had recently met on the internet. A great game - you should try it. Then you have to guess which sites - I think the Guardian won hands down at Womad.
I'm off to Five Rhythms tonight in Oxford with the lovely Chloe,
See you soon,