Songlines Encounters Festival - 2014 Line-up
Thursday June 5 2014
8:00pm Hall One
From Mali, singer and guitarist Habib Koite is one of West Africa's leading musicians and this is the first time he's played in the UK for a decade. Like Oumou Sangare, his musical roots are in the Wassoulou region characterised by the sound of the kamalengoni (hunters harp), but he has become a pan-Malian voice and a figure who has always tried to bring the different strands of the country together. He's recently released his much-acclaimed fifth studio album, Soo. Habib Koite's performance is in collaboration with Enchanted Tunes.
Friday June 6 2014
|7:30pm Hall One
Anna Phoebe + Oana Catalina Chitu
Anna Phoebe delivers a power-packed punch of violin. Her charismatic energy has seen her working with Jethro Tull, Roxy Music and Oi Va Voi. In her new project Between The Shadow & The Soul, she co-written with guitarist Nicolas Rizzi, she mixes Eastern and Western influences, plus a touch of Gypsy, into her lyrical and fiery playing.
One of Songlines' top albums last year was of the Romanian singer Oana Catalina Chitu singing the music of Maria Tanase (1913-1963), the 'Romanian Edith Piaf'. Tanase took folk tunes from all over the country and performed them in nightclubs and on the radio. With her rich, smokey voice, Oana Catalina Chitu makes her UK debut bringing this repertoire back to life with a fabulous virtuoso band. Oana Catalina Chitu's performance is kindly supported by the Romanian Cultural Institute London and the cimbalom is generously provided by the Embassy of Hungary in London.
Saturday June 7 2014
6:15pm St Pancras Room
7:30 Hall One
Turkish Kurdish vocalist Cigdem Aslan is one of London's best-kept secrets, but not for much longer. Her debut album, Mortissa, has been attracting rave reviews and shows that Aslan is a lioness of rebetiko - the melancholy Greek and Turkish songs of Asia Minor. She's gathered a superb band, some of them moonlighting from She'Koyokh, with whom Cigdem also performs, and they'll be sure to round off Songlines Encounters in style.
- 10% off Festival Pass (telephone orders only)
- 25% discount on single tickets (excluding online saver seats)
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- Offers subject to availability
- Deadline for booking June 5 2014
- Book online at www.kingsplace.co.uk or call 020 7520 1490
Supporters of Songlines Encounters Festival 2014
- Romanian Cultural Institute London
- Enchanted Tunes
- Embassy of Hungary London