Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 Live at Electric Brixton

Posted on February 20th, 2018 in Recent posts by .

Seun Kuti, eldest son of the late Nigerian legend Fela Kuti, will perform at Electric Brixton, London on March 2

Seun Kuti began performing at his father’s side at just nine years old. Fela Kuti’s musical talent and passion clearly rubbed off on Seun, as did his political drive and anti-establishment views. He went on to build a successful career of his own, releasing numerous albums to critical acclaim and becoming a renowned Afrobeat musician in his own right.

In this special, one-off performance at Electric Brixton Seun will be joined by Egypt 80, the band fronted originally by his late father, as well as Nigerian-British Afrobeat musician Dele Sosimi with his Afrobeat Orchestra.

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Watch: Xylouris White – ‘Only Love’

Posted on January 30th, 2018 in Recent posts by .

Fusion duo Xylouris White release new music video for ‘Only Love’, a Songlines Top of the World track this issue

Cretan laouto player and singer George Xylouris and Australian percussionist Jim White together form a mesmerising double act known as Xylouris White. Their latest video, ‘Only Love’, is taken from their recently released album, Mother, and aptly matches their exciting and adventurous musical style. It certainly put a smile on our faces!

‘Only Love’ features on the Songlines Top of the World CD free with the new issue (#135, March 2018). Read the full review of Mother on page 64.

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Introducing Songlines issue #135 (March 2018)

Posted on January 25th, 2018 in Features, News, Recent posts by .

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The March 2018 (#135) issue of Songlines is now on sale!

Our cover feature artists this issue are 47SOUL, the Middle Eastern band who have been wowing audiences around the world with their electrifying live shows. Other features include interviews with Haitian roots band Chouk Bwa, Scottish folk singer, Alasdair Roberts and sitarist Niladri Kumar; a report from Mozambique and its inaugural Music Meeting; a Beginner’s Guide to the French multi-instrumentalist Thierry ‘Titi’ Robin; Introducing Ariwo and Ghost of Paul Revere, plus the latest CD, book, world cinema and live reviews. 

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The Top of the World CD includes tracks from 47SOUL, Criolo, Xylouris White and Stick in the Wheel, as well as a guest playlist from the Guardian columnist and author, Tim Dowling, featuring music from Ola Belle Reed, The Felice Brothers and others.

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To buy the new issue or to find out more about subscribing to Songlines, please visit: www.songlines.co.uk/subs

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Top of the World albums: Songlines #135 (March 2018)

Posted on January 25th, 2018 in Features, Recent posts by .

Here is our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the March 2018 issue of Songlines. Tracks from each of these albums are included on the free cover-CD with issue #135.

To buy the new issue or to find out more about subscribing to Songlines, please visit: www.songlines.co.uk/subs

 

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Criolo
Espiral de Ilusão
Sterns
Moving from his signature rap style, Criolo devotes a whole album to Brazil’s national rhythm, samba. Led by percussion and cavaquinho, these songs give voice to Brazil’s marginalised people.
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47SOUL
Balfron Promise
Cooking Vinyl
47SOUL call their unique hip-hop/roots fusion of Arabic tradition and Western electronica shamstep. Swirling synth keyboards, rock guitar and powerful vocals drive this bold album.
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Ghost of Paul Revere
Monarch
Ghost of Paul Revere
Virile vocals, tasteful harmonies, whirling guitar riffs and punchy harmonica shouts shine on the spirited ‘Little Bird’. The energy of this Americana trio from Portland, Maine is infectious.
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Hama Sankare
Ballébé: Calling All Africans
Clermont Music
Deep vocals and rock-solid calabash meet slide guitar, throbbing bass and hypnotic synths, played by an impressive array of musicians. Sankare’s first outing as bandleader does not disappoint.
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Da Cruz
Eco do Futuro
Boom Jah Records
The fervour of Afrobeat is harnessed in this track as frontwoman Mariana Da Cruz laments on the state of her birthplace, Brazil. A highly danceable, inescapably thought-provoking third album.
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Mahsa Vahdat & Coşkun Karademir
Endless Path
Kirkelig Kulturverksted
Recorded in a 20th-century mausoleum in Oslo, the baglama explores its full acoustics, entwined with Vahdat’s rich vocals.
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Stick in the Wheel
Follow Them True
From Here Records
This album is trademark Stick in the Wheel; there’s spindly guitar, acerbic vocals from Nicola Kearey and Fran Foote and tub thumping percussion. Five stars for these East London folksters.
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Xylouris White
Mother
Bella Union
Cretan laouto player George Xylouris takes the reins with his nimble string work and no-nonsense vocals, all the while propelled forward by the urgent drums of Jim White.
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Gili Yalo
Dead Sea Recordings
Five stars for this debut album combining funk, soul, dub and a large helping of Ethiopian groove. Yalo sings in both Amharic and English, while his band cook up a range of retro sounds.
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Nils Økland Band
Lysning
Hubro
Økland’s impressive Hardanger fiddle playing and outstanding musicianship underpin this album, and earned him respect in many musical circles. This album is a spectacle to behold.
Amazon | iTunes

Pick up the March 2018 issue of Songlines to enjoy our Top of the World cover-CD, which contains tracks from each of the albums above. To find out more about subscribing to Songlines, visit: songlines.co.uk/subs

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