Well the sun has decided to make an appearance and if you try hard, you can pretend it’s actually summer. The brief moment of warmth may have you wondering what you should be popping onto the stereo for your impromptu barbecue. There’s not much better than some Acadian fire to conjure the Louisiana heat. Find out more about the best Cajun music in our feature in the current issue (July 2012 #85, p28-33).
You can pick up a copy of the current issue here to read about all the hottest stuff to come from the Louisiana bayous, and be sure to keep an eye out for our next issue (Aug/Sept 2012 #86), which will include a bonus CD featuring all the best Cajun music, Louisiana Legends.
Here are some more reasons – if you need them – to pick up the current issue of Songlines:
1. Free music – Our covermount CD features ten kicking new tracks, including selections from Damon Albarn’s Dr Dee, Seu Jorge’s Para Churrasco Vol 1 and Ravi Shankar’s Living Room Sessions Part 1.
2. Rodger Lloyd Pack – Trigger takes some time from his parking ticket crusade to talk to us about his favourite tracks (featured on the covermount CD).
3. Damon Does Dr Dee – And you can read all about it in our News section.
4. Lokkhi Terra – Jane Cornwall introduces the London crew, who blend Cuba rumba and Bengali folk with Brazilian samba, Indian classical and Nigerian Afro-beat. Bet you’re wondering what that sounds like…
5. Cerys Matthews – Our ever-lovely columnist and BBC 6Music DJ takes on the squeezebox.
6. Vinicio Capossela – Is he the Italian Tom Waits or Swiss Pavarotti? You decide.
7. Israeli Boycotts – Musicians Reem Kelani and Koby Israelite go head-to-head in a debate about the cultural boycotts. What do you think?
8. Ondatrópica – Get a behind-the-scenes glance at the Colombian musician Mario Galeano and British producer Quantic’s new project for BT River of Music.
9. Sing Sing – Ever wonder what the Papua New Guinean tradition of sing sing sounds like? Check out David Bridie’s project scheduled to perform at BT River of Music.
10. Transglobal Underground – TGU takes on a musical challenge that takes them to the Gulf.
11. Korean Pansori – It may be recognised by UNESCO, but can anyone else get it?
12. Alison Krauss – A look into the career of the bluegrass sweetheart with all the Grammys.
13. Petronio Álvarez, Colombia – One of the wildest festivals in the world, or so warn the locals.
14. Buenos Aires – What’s hot in the Argentinian capital and where to hear the best music.
15. Reviews, reviews, reviews! – With over 20 pages of CD, book and cinema reviews, we’ve got the inside scoop on what you need to fill the spaces – however big or small they may be – on your shelves.