Songlines Encounters Festival - 2014 Line-up

Thursday June 5 2014

Family Atlantica

8:00pm Hall One
Family Atlantica + Habib Koite
Featuring the larger-than-life singer Luzmira Zerpa, Family Atlantica are an extended family of musicians from Venezuela, West Africa and East London. With a backing of thrilling West African percussion, the band is a product of the cultural vibrancy of this city. Family Atlantica's debut album was a Songlines favourite and their music is a thrilling ida y vuelta (going and coming) between Africa, the Caribbean and Europe.

Habib Koite

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.

Enchanted Tunes

Friday June 6 2014

Anna Phoebe 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.

Oana Catalina Chitu

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.

Embassy of Hungary

Romanian Cultural Institute

Saturday June 7 2014

Kayhan Kalhor

6:15pm St Pancras Room
Kayhan Kalhor Q&A
Prior to his performance, the Iranian kamancheh player talks to Simon Broughton about the music and events that have inspired his music and demonstrates his specially commissioned instrument, the Shah Kaman.

Cigdem Aslan

7:30 Hall One
Kayhan Kalhor & Ali Bahrami Fard + Cigdem Aslan
Kayhan Kalhor is renowned for his great musical partnerships. The Iranian kamancheh (spike fiddle) player has performed great duos with Indian, Turkish, Kurdish and Iranian musicians. This sublime pairing of bowed and struck strings features fellow Iranian musician Ali Bahrami Fard on a specially created bass santur in music that is meditative and uplifting.

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.

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Supporters of Songlines Encounters Festival 2014

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