WOMADelaide 25th Anniversary: Free bonus CD

Posted on December 8th, 2016 in News, Recent posts by .

This bonus CD is exclusively available with the January/February (#124) edition of Songlines.

WOMADelaide Songlines CD

Click here to find out more.

WOMADelaide was presented for the very first time at the Adelaide Festival in 1992. The combination of the festival’s renowned high production standards, the late summer magic of Botanic Park and an inspired partnership with the UK-based WOMAD organisation was unique. WOMADelaide has evolved to become an annual celebration that has changed the way audiences experience the diversity of cultures.

It provides a window on the world that is welcoming and life affirming, where art matters and adds to the richness of people’s lives. This compilation represents just a taste of the amazing artists who have enthralled us over the past 25 years.


1. DakhaBrakha (Ukraine) – ‘Karpatskyi Rap’, Light (2014)
2. Rokia Traoré (Mali) – ‘Dounia’, Tchamantché (2008)
3. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (Pakistan) – ‘Mustt Mustt’, Mustt Mustt (1990)
4. Toumani Diabaté’s Symmetric Orchestra (Mali) – ‘Single’, Boulevard de L’Independence (2006)
5. Archie Roach (Australia) – ‘Took the Children Away’, Charcoal Lane (1990)
6. Lo’Jo (France) – ‘Au temps qui passe’, Cinéma el Mundo (2012)
7. Mariem Hassan (Western Sahara) – ‘La Tumchu Anni’ Deseos (2005)
8. Mariza (Portugal) – ‘Cavaleiro Monge’, Fado Curvo (2003)
9. The Gloaming (Ireland & US) – ‘The Sailor’s Bonnet’, The Gloaming (2013)
10. Ernest Ranglin (Jamaica) – ‘Bless Up’, Bless Up (2014)
11. Emel Mathlouthi (Tunisia) – ‘Ya Tounes Ya Meskina’, Helmti Horra (2012)
12. Richie Havens (US) – ‘Handouts in the Rain’, Wishing Well (2002)
13. Youssou N’Dour (Senegal) – ‘Li Ma Weesu’, Nothing’s in Vain (2002)
14. Totó la Momposina (Colombia) – ‘El Pescador’, Tambolero (2015)

+ WOMADelaide 2017 runs from March 10-13. Find out more: www.womadelaide.com.au

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Top of the World albums: issue #124 (January/February 2017)

Posted on December 7th, 2016 in Features, Recent posts by .

Here is our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in Songlines issue #124 (January/February 2017). Tracks from each of these albums are included on the free cover-CD with issue #124. To find out more about subscribing to Songlines, please visit: songlines.co.uk/subs



Anda Union
Hohhot Records
Distinguished songs about nature, history and identity from this nine-piece Inner Mongolian group, featuring horse-head fiddles, beating drums and growly throat singing.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify



Gaye Su Akyol
Hologram Imparatorluğu
Steeped in Turkish culture, but with plenty of outside influences, songs focus on liberation of the self. Akyol creates an eclectic collection of global influences, music without borders.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify



Tanya Tagaq
Six Shooter Records
Based on a theme of exploitation and embracing a range of musical forms including rap, rock and Tuvan throat singing, this is Tagaq’s most ambitious and exhilarating work to date.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify



Various Artists
The Calais Sessions
Sessions of the World
This is an extraordinarily moving collaboration recorded in the now extinct Calais ‘Jungle’. A resilient testament to the human spirit will reduce you to tears, but also uplift your heart.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify



Luísa Maita
Fio da Memória
Both deceptively commercial and coolly cutting-edge, this masterpiece is full of post-modern lullabies and dubby samba deconstructions swathed in cavernous, minimalist production.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify



Sarah-Jane Summers & Juhani Silvola
Dell Daisy Records
A fantastic showcase of Scottish and Finnish traditions by one of the finest folk duos around. A magical musical relationship.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify



Le Tout-Puissant Orchestre Poly-Rythmo
Because Music
Slinky horn grooves, soukous guitars and simmering Afrobeat prove the group’s flame is still alight led by original member Vincent Ahehehinnou.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify



Çiğdem Aslan
A Thousand Cranes
Asphalt Tango Records
A beautifully haunting exploration of rebetika, and a magnificent gesture towards proving that Greek-Turkish culture is more similar than different. Aslan is at the top of her game.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify



Daoirí Farrell
True Born Irishman
Daoirí Recordings
Referred to as a Paul Brady for his generation, Farrell’s honest passion for the songs he’s collected, shines in what could be the most significant Irish release of recent years.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify



Bollywood Brass Band feat Jyotsna Srikanth
Carnatic Connection
Bollywood Brass Band
An energetic and cinematic journey to South India, with fuel provided by Jyotsna Srikanth’s Karnatic violin.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify


Pick up the latest 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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Introducing Songlines issue #124 (January/February 2017)

Posted on December 7th, 2016 in Features, News, Recent posts by .


The January/February 2017 (#124) issue of Songlines is now on sale!

Our cover star is Ravi Shankar, the late Indian sitarist whose final work, Sukanya, an opera written for his wife, gets its world premiere in the UK in May 2017.


Other features include our round-up of the Best Albums of 2016; an interview with the Pakistani qawwali group, Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali about continuing their uncle Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s legacy; Renata Rosa, the Brazilian singer and rabeca player making her UK debut in January; the Golha Project, archiving pre-revolutionary Iranian music; a Beginner’s Guide to the musical polymath, Nitin Sawhney; plus the latest CD, book and world cinema reviews. 


The Top of the World cover CD includes Tanya Tagaq, Anda Union, musicians from The Calais Sessions, Daoirí Farrell and Le TP Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, as well as a guest playlist from the writer and Guardian columnist George Monbiot, featuring Chris Wood, Kate Rusby and Moh! Kouyaté.


Every issue is also accompanied by an exclusive 14-track WOMADelaide 25th Anniversary sampler CD, featuring classic tracks by Rokia Traoré, Youssou N’Dour and Mariza, and many more.

To find out more about subscribing to Songlines, please visit: songlines.co.uk/subs

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India: discover the music

Posted on December 6th, 2016 in Features, Recent posts by .


This is the Songlines guide to Indian music today, with in-depth features and revealing interviews with many of the most exciting musicians of our time, including Zakir Hussain, Kaushiki Chakrabarty, Jyoti Hegde and more…



The way Zakir Hussain tells it, his musical destiny was settled when he was just two days old. “I was brought home from the hospital and the tradition is that the son is handed to the father, and then the father has to recite a prayer in his son’s ear, putting him on his way,” he says. “My father, instead of reciting prayer, sang rhythms in my ear. And my mother was very upset and said, ‘Why are you doing this?’ And he said: ‘Because this is my prayer.’”

Read the article: Zakir Hussain – a beginner’s guide



Jahnavi Harrison selects Indian vocalists who have all performed at the Darbar Festival over the last decade

Read the article: Essential 10: Indian vocalists



Simon Broughton speaks to Shye Ben Tzur about his qawwali-Hebrew collaboration with The Rajasthan Express and Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood

Read the article: Shye Ben Tzur – devoted to India



Khayal singer Kaushiki Chakrabarty speaks to Jameela Siddiqi about her demanding yet expressive North Indian classical vocal style and how she got her remarkable start in this mainly masculine genre

Read the article: Kaushiki Chakrabarty – youthful imagination



Amardeep Dhillon wishes English-language music sites would stop exoticising India’s music scene, boiling it down to Bollywood’s Top 40

Read the article: Soapbox – Indian music, like any other, should be considered on its own merits



Jyoti Hegde, the world’s only female rudra veena player, speaks to Jameela Siddiqi about her love affair with this Indian string instrument

Read the article: Jyoti Hegde – Shiva’s lute



Georgie Pope visits the drumming, dancing and singing monks in a monastery of Assam, north-east India

Read the article: Postcard from Majuli, Assam


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