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05 juillet 2008

Win VIP Womad tickets

The Independent

Britain's best world music festival takes place this month – and we've got 50 pairs of tickets to give away. Sound good? Then tackle our quiz...

It's one of the great music events of the year – and you could be there if you can answer these 15 questions. Email your entry to by Wednesday night – the winners will be chosen at random from the best responses.

Each pair of VIP tickets, worth £250, will give you access to the festival on 25-27 July – and allow you to mingle with the stars in the backstage bar. Two children, aged 13 or under, can accompany each adult for free.

Even if you don't win, you can get a 15 per cent discount at And 25 names will be drawn out of a hat and given a pair of tickets to a private event hosted by Womad's founder Peter Gabriel, including a tour of his Real World Studios, plus an exclusive concert by new sensations Dengue Fever.

1) What does Womad stand for?

2) What is the connection between Genesis and Womad?

3) Toumani Diabaté is one of the stars of this year's Womad. What instrument does he play?

4) Where is Tony Allen from?

5) And which Blur song mentions Tony Allen?

6) Name the reggae star who went from The Equals to Electric Avenue?

7) How many seconds were there on Youssou N'Dour's biggest hit (with Neneh Cherry)?

8) Another band playing Womad this year is Dengue Fever. Where is their lead singer originally from?

9) Which song by The Clash was a global hit when sung in Arabic by Rachid Taha?

10) What instrument does Bassekou Kouyate play?

11) Who met at Bamako's Institute for the Young Blind and were originally known as The Blind Couple of Mali?

12) She comes from County Clare, is known as the "Queen of the Squeezebox" and has played with Sinéad O'Connor and members of U2. Who is she?

13) Which BBC DJ discovered the early albums of Ali Farke Touré in a bargain bin, helping to launch his global career?

14) Sa DingDing has been compared to Björk, plays the zheng and won a World Music Award this year. Which country is she from?

15) Which Brazilian singer and actor played Knockout Ned in City of God and performed several songs by David Bowie in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou?

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