Glastonbury 2017: West Holts Stage artist signings with Songlines

Posted on June 19th, 2017 in News, Recent posts by .

Glastonbury West Holts 2017

The Jacksons, Oumou Sangaré, Toots & the Maytals and Pat Thomas perform on the West Holts stage this weekend 

Heading to Worthy Farm this weekend? Make sure you drop by the Songlines tent next to the West Holts Stage for artist signings and festival fun. We will be hosting post-performance CD and vinyl signings with the majority of the artists, including Pat Thomas, Oumou Sangaré, Thundercat, The Avalanches and The Jacksons. Your handy printable timetable can be downloaded here.

For a full list of set times for the West Holts and all the other stages click here. To find out what we’re up to over the weekend, follow us on @SonglinesMag.

Glastonbury have created a playlist to give you a taster of what to expect at the weekend.

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Top of the World albums: Songlines #129 (July 2017)

Posted on June 12th, 2017 in Features, Recent posts by .

Here is our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the July issue of Songlines. Tracks from each of these albums are included on the free cover-CD with issue #129.

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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Dona Onete
Banzeiro
Mais um Discos
The Grande Dame is back with another dose of salubrious grooves from the north of Brazil. Despite being almost 80 years old, Onete is not slowing down. Find yourself some wiggle room.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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Trio Tekke & Dave de Rose
Zivo
Trio Tekke
This new collaboration with drummer Dave de Rose produces a more electric take on Trio Tekke’s funky reinvention of Greek traditional music.
Amazon | iTunes

 

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Kronos Quartet
Folk Songs
Nonesuch
A journey into the Appalachian tradition, combining classical elegance and avant-garde subversion. As magnificent as you would expect from Kronos.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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Sabîl 
Zabad, Twilight Tide
Harmonia Mundi
A stunningly hypnotic track from an excellent third album. While maintaining respect for the maqam tradition, intimate dialogue between instrumentalists allows the music to breathe and shine.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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Vieux Farka Touré
Samba
Six Degrees Records
West Africa’s star guitarist does not disappoint with this masterful album, which was recorded in front of a small live audience.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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Lau
Decade: The Best of Lau 2007-2017
Lau Scotland 
A magnificent compilation showcasing ten years of musical excellence.
Amazon | iTunes

 

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Kondi Band
Salone
Strut Records
This pairing of thumb-piano and vocals with electronic textures makes for what is perhaps one of the most intriguing African albums so far this year.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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Various artists  
Zaire 74: The African Artists
Wrasse Records
Global star Miriam Makeba performs with her Guinean Ensemble, recorded at the three-day music festival held in 1974 to coincide with the Rumble in the Jungle boxing match.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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Maria Kalaniemi & Eero Grundström
Svalan
Åkerö Records
Here accordionist Maria Kalaniemi and harmonium player Eero Grundström take us on a musical journey deep into the majestic Finnish forests.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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Jayme Stone
Jayme Stone’s Folklife
Borealis Records
This rousing Caribbean dance tune is but one offering in this treasure trove of songs mostly derived from the seemingly inexhaustible archives of folklorists John and Alan Lomax.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

Pick up the July 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 #129 (July 2017)

Posted on June 12th, 2017 in Features, Recent posts by .

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The July 2017 (#129) issue of Songlines is now on sale!

Our cover star this issue is Dona Onete from Belém, Brazil, whose latest album, Banzeiro, is a joyful celebration of the Amazon.

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Other features include an interview with Snarky Puppy’s founder Michael League about his new supergroup, Bokanté; an overview of the TV series exploring American roots music, American Epic; a report from Jodhpur RIFF about preserving Rajasthan’s cultural heritage; an interview with Latin jazz star, Eddie Palmieri; a Beginner’s Guide to Sephardic singer, Françoise Atlan; plus the latest CD and world cinema reviews.

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The Top of the World CD includes tracks from Dona Onete, Kronos Quartet, Vieux Farka Touré and Lau, as well as a guest playlist from the drummer Stewart Copeland, featuring Amadou & Mariam, Ray Lema and Moondog.

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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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Song of Contagion: Music and Science Unite

Posted on May 31st, 2017 in Recent posts by .

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From June 13-17, Wilton’s Music Hall will be taken over by an alliance between music and science in Song of Contagion

East London’s Grand Union Orchestra are set to unite music and science in a brand new project this June. A week of events taking place in Wilton’s Music Hall, London will explore the relationship between the two disciplines, featuring some of the UK’s best musicians and singers with origins from across the globe.

The grand centrepiece of this unique programme will be Song of Contagion, a new creation by the orchestra. Thought-provoking and globally relevant, the piece questions why some diseases are covered extensively in the media, attracting billions in funding, while others are left to languish, largely unnoticed and unaided. Through a musical narrative, and using data compiled by epidemiologist Elizabeth Pisani, the comparison between where money is spent and where disease is rife is explored. 

Audiences will journey with the orchestra to Central Africa where dengue fever has been claiming lives for years, to the Caribbean, where the disease has found an additional home, and to Brazil, where headlines of Zika came as often as Olympic medals from Rio. This is set to be a fascinating performance.

Find out more: www.wiltons.org.uk/whatson/303-grand-union-orchestra-song-of-contagion

Image courtesy of Grand Union Orchestra.

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