Cuban guitarist/singer Eliades Ochoa, Colombian duo Aterciopelados, and Mali's Salif Keita headline the 18th Caceres Womad festival, to be held in the western Spanish city of Caceres between May 7-10. The Caceres edition of the world music festival founded by Peter Gabriel - one of three held annually in Spain alongside Seville and Las Palmas - almost disappeared last year because of local political disputes, but was saved at the last minute.

Ochoa is one of the few surviving members of Cuba's original Buena Vista Social Club formation that recorded the global hit of the same name released in 1997 on U.K. indie label World Circuit, and was the singer on that album's version of the song 'Chan Chan'. But he is better known in music circles as a master of the Cuban 'tres' guitar and its eastern Cuban 'guajira' rural style.

Also appearing at the festival are Amadou & Mariam and Smod from Mali, Hindi Zahra (France), Mor Karbasi (Israel), Paprika Balkanicus (Romania, Slovenia and Serbia), Rachel Unthank and the Winterset (U.K.), Seckou Keita Quartet (Senegal), BLK JKS (South Africa), Victor Deme (Burkina Faso), and Toumast (Sahara Republic).

Spanish artists scheduled to appear are alt-pop act Depedro, Catalan flamenco artist Mayte Martin, and flamenco-rap singer La Shica. Completing the line-up from the local Extremadura region of western Spain bordering Portugal are Alambiquena del Oeste, Carlos Ojeda, Inlavables and Manatial Folk.