Main stage headliners confirmed for Rhythms of the World

Courtney Pine will also be playing the main stage at the Hitchin Priory

Courtney Pine will also be playing the main stage at the Hitchin Priory - Credit: Archant

Rhythms of the World (RotW) organisers have confirmed their two main stage headliners for this year, with a jazz legend set to top the bill on the Sunday.

Freshlyground, best known for Waka Waka (This Time for Africa), their World Cup 2010 collaboration with world famous singer Shakira will play on August 2.

The following day on August 3 internationally leading jazz musician Courtney Pine will take to the stage.

Freshlyground, a seven-piece band, led by vocalist Zolani Mahola, will play a fusion of traditional South African music and folk, indie rock and jazz.

“They have been touring the world and collecting awards and accolades since the release of their first album Jika Jika in 2003.

Jazz musician Courtney Pine a multi-instrumentalist and jazz superstar, who was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his services to jazz music in 2010, has been performing for nearly 30 years on stages around the world.

RotW founder Bob Mardon said: “Courtney Pine appearing on our main stage shows that this year’s Rhythms of the World is serious about bringing the absolute best music to our festival,” said Mr Mardon.

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“He’s a legend, and a huge reason I’m so excited about this year’s line-up,” he added.

Other acts confirmed for the main stage on August 2 are London Afrobeat Collective, Toque Tambor, Nadeem Leigh, best known for his appearance on BBC talent show The Voice and Sir Walter J Wallis.

Sunday’s line-up will see DCS, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, The SGs, Nathan Watson and the Freakanomics and The Alex Bay Band.

This year’s festival takes place at Hitchin Priory. Tickets are £15 per day for adults and £5 per day for youngsters aged six-17, and are available online now at and in weeks to come at local merchants.