Songlines Encounters Festival
Kings Place, London

Songlines is holding the fourth Songlines Encounters Festival at London's Kings Place from June 5-7 2014. As before, it includes some spectacular international musicians and up and coming artists that we want to champion. You can get a discount on the whole series of concerts and once again they represent a thrilling range of sounds from around the world.

Arts Council Englan Ikon

In partnership with Ikon Arts Management, we've programmed six bands over three days. Like a string of pearls, Songlines Encounters 2014 hangs on a thread of glorious female vocalists: Cigdem Aslan brings gorgeous songs from Asia Minor, Luzmira Zerpa brings Venezuelan flamboyance, Dobet Gnahore brings raw energy from Ivory Coast,and Oana Catalina Chitu brings the lyrical Romanian repertoire of Maria Tanase to life. Beside them, there is the electrifying violin of Anna Phoebe and virtuoso instrumentals from Kayhan Kalhor. Sublime voices and, as ever, thrilling instrumental encounters with Persian kamancheh, Romanian cimbalom and its Persian brother the santur.

Family AtlanticaDobet Gnahore

Thursday June 5
The Songlines Encounters Festival begins in Africa. Luzmira Zerpa is the larger-than-life vocalist of Family Atlantica whose music stretches from Venezuela across the Atlantic to London and West Africa. Dobet Gnahore, from Ivory Coast, is one of the most dynamic young female performers of Africa. With striking costumes, Dobet's shows have a visceral energy and power, which you won't forget. *

Anna PhoebeOana Catalina Chitu

Friday June 6
Friday's line-up is a night of passion and romance. Anna Phoebe's fiery violin mixes Eastern and Western influences with a touch of Gypsy and, in her UK debut, Romanian singer Oana Catalina Chitu brings her rich, smokey interpretations of Maria Tanase to London - kindly supported by the Romanian Cultural Institute London and the cimbalom is generously provided by the Embassy of Hungary in London.

Cigdem AslanKayhan Kalhor

Saturday June 7
Saturday will feature major talents from Asia Minor and beyond. A sublime instrumental duo from Iran, featuring kamancheh (spike fiddle) and santur (hammer dulcimer), and the charismatic Cigdem Aslan who performs Greek and Turkish repertoire with her virtuoso band. There's a pre-concert talk with Kayhan Kalhor in the St Pancras Room.

Foyer Performances

June 5: 19:20-19:50 Leandra Varanda & Jonathan Preiss
June 6: 18:50-19:20 Brasov String Band
June 7: 18:50-19:20 Pouya Mahmoodi & Armin Firouzabadi

See our Festival line-up page for more details or visit the Kings Place website.

Buy ticketsSonglines Subscriber Offers

  • 10% off Festival Pass (telephone orders only)
  • 25% discount on single tickets (excluding online saver seats)
  • For discount code see issue #90 subscribers' carrier sheet or email
  • Offers subject to availability
  • Deadline for booking June 5 2014
  • Book online at or call 020 7520 1490

Supporters of Songlines Encounters Festival 2014

  • Romanian Cultural Institute London
  • Enchanted Tunes
  • Embassy of Hungary London

*Dobet Gnahore is replacing Habib Koite, who is now unable to make the trip to the UK.