Exclusive Trailer Premiere: On Mass 2017

Posted on September 22nd, 2017 in Recent posts by .


Photo by Sonia and Mauro

On November 12 the Roundhouse, Camden will host an evening of spectacular music making and collaboration, this year led by global star Angélique Kidjo

Following a hugely successful 2015 edition with Jamie Cullum, the Roundhouse will once again be taken over this autumn by a range of talented, emerging artists from across the globe. Part of the EFG London Jazz Festival, a variety of musical genres and styles will be fused with circus dramatics, with performers from as far afield as the Faroe Islands, Palestine, India and Brazil joining this hugely popular London event.

At the heart of this year’s project and joining the artists on stage will be three-time Grammy Award-winning, politically engaged, Beninese singer and global star Angélique Kidjo (pictured). She has produced an exclusive track for the project, which each participating group will be given to redefine in their own interpretation, culminating in a live collaborative performance at the Roundhouse in November.

Other artists set to perform include: Kinetika Bloco, Roundhouse Choir, Roundhouse Music Collective and Roundhouse Audio Collectives, Breakin’ Convention (Sadler’s Wells), Battersea Art Centres Beat Box Academy and Roundhouse Street Circus Collective.


Here is the 2017 On Mass trailer, in a Songlines exclusive.


Tickets are available here
Songlines readers can get an early bird discount on tickets by quoting the code SONGLINES online during booking and get a standing ticket for £8. The offer is valid until September 30 and is applicable for standing tickets only.


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BBC Radio 3 Documentary: Music in Peril

Posted on September 14th, 2017 in Recent posts by .


A fascinating BBC Radio 3 documentary on Pakistan’s qawwali music scene, still flourishing in spite of recent attacks 

A BBC documentary presented by Lopa Kothari and producer Roger Short explores the recent threats to the ancient Sufi art form of qawwali, and discovers its incredible resilience and ability to prosper in spite of these obstacles. The programme also features interviews with the musicians themselves, gathered on a recent visit to Pakistan, and includes a conversation with Pakistan’s most celebrated Sufi singer, Abida Parveen (pictured above), as well as musical performances recorded in Lahore.

The documentary is available on BBC iPlayer now.

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Turner Sims announce World Music series

Posted on September 12th, 2017 in Live, News, Recent posts by .

Kayhan Kalhor & Toumani Diabaté, Morgenland Festival 2016-©Andy Spyr::Morgenland Festival Osnabrück-Free1

Fifty years ago the University of Southampton was bequeathed with a generous donation intended to support musical practice in the city.

The beautifully ornate Turner Sims hall – named after its benefactor Miss Margaret Grassam Sims – opened in 1974 and is now established as a premiere performance venue in the South of England.

This year’s Autumn season is of particular interest with a special world music series that features Irish quartet Lankum, Malian guitarist Habib Koité and his compatriot Toumani Diabaté who will perform as part of a duo with kamancheh maestro Kayhan Kalhor.

A similarly enticing prospect is a joint performance from Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita in support of their new record Transparent Water. They will be joined by Afro-Venezuealan percussionist Gustavo Oyalles – who contributed featured on the album – for an exploration of polyrhythms and improvisatory craft, teasing out the overlap between West African and Latin American musical practice.

Here is the complete list of dates for the series:

Lankum – October 14

Habib Koité – October 20

Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita present Transparent Water – November 9

Toumani Diabaté and Kayhan Kalhor – November 21

Värttinä – December 8

More information (including ticketing) is available on the Turner Sims website.

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Czech Music: At the Heart of the Bonfire – Bonus CD

Posted on August 29th, 2017 in Recent posts by .

This bonus CD is exclusively available with the October (#131) edition of Songlines


The Czech language uses the same word – hranice – for bonfire and borderline. Czechia (the Czech Republic) is simultaneously at the warm heart of a burning fire, but also on the musical border between Western and Eastern Europe. The western part (including Prague) is more industrialised and the rural south and south-east is where local traditions are kept alive. Although Moravia in the east has a separate name, Czech is still spoken here. The lifestyle is different, however, and the rhythms are more playful, melodies more ornamented.

This 16-track CD features many of the top artists.

Petr Dorůžka 



1. Jitka Šuranská Trio – ‘Pofukuj větříčku a Maliny’,  Divé husy (2016)

2. Iva Bittová & Čikori - ‘Vila’, Entwine/Proplétám (2014)

3. Terne Čhave - ‘More, Love!’, More, Love! (2008)

4. Musica Folklorica & Veronika Malatincová - ‘Ej ženy, ženy, poradteže mi’, Ej ženy, ženy, poradteže mi (2013)

5. Ponk - ‘Šibeničky’, Postfolklor (2015)

6. BraAgas - ‘Brodil Janík koně’, unreleased (2017)

7. Jablkoň - ‘Černá Marie na rohu’, Hovada boží (2004)

8. Marta Töpferová & Milokraj - ‘Co mohl najíti poutník’, Tento svět (2017)

9. Bran - ‘Jen vítr kdyby vál’, Beaj vat! (2016)

10. Clarinet Factory - ‘Gore’, Meadows (2017)

11. Dva - ‘Nunovó Tango’, Fonók (2008)

12. Tara Fuki - ‘Dopis’, Winna (2014)

13. Jiří Pavlica & Hradišťan - ‘Vteřiny křehké’, Vteřiny křehké (2014)

14. HLASkontraBAS - ‘Černým lesem’, HLASkontraBAS (2016)

15. Beata Bocek - ‘Co jo tam bedym robić?’, O Tobje (2016)

16. Tomáš Kočko & Orchestr - ‘Tanečnica’, Do tanca! (2003)


Edited by the Arts and Theatre Institute, contact: lenka.dohnalova@artsinstitute.cz

Compiled by: Lenka Dohnalová, Petr Dorůžka, Jiří Moravčík, Aleš Opekar and Přemysl Štěpánek

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