The August/September 2012 issue of Songlines is on sale in the UK from July 20 and includes our regular Top of the World CD with ten tracks from the finest new releases from around the planet, plus a second free CD showcasing Louisiana Legends – A Gumbo of Cajun, Zydeco, Blues, Jazz, Funky Brass & More. The Top of the World CD also includes five tracks selected by Island Records founder, Chris Blackwell.
The Top of the World CD includes tracks from Polish folk collective Warsaw Village Band; courageous Iranian singing duo Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat; Brazil’s new rap sensation Criolo; Quantic’s latest Colombian adventure, Ondatrópica; UK Romany folk song collector Sam Lee; and the debut from emerging Ethio-pop star Samuel Yirga, among others.
The main editorial features include:
• Happy Birthday WOMAD – The story behind this momentous festival as it celebrates 30 years.
• Sam Lee – Tim Cumming takes to the road with the young song collector, folk singer and former burlesque dancer.
• West Bengal – Simon Broughton journeys through West Bengal’s rural communities to report on the regeneration taking place amongst musicians.
• Anda Union – A look at the Inner Mongolian band who are preparing to take Edinburgh by storm at this year’s Fringe festival.
• The Alaev Family – It’s a family affair: the Central Asian Jewish band about to make their UK debut at this year’s WOMAD.
• Beginner’s Guide to Egyptian percussionist Hossam Ramzy.
• Sounding Out Shetland – all the best places to find music on the islands off the Scottish north coast.
• Festival Profile: Fest’Napuan, Vanuatu.
• Postcard from Windsor Castle.
• Backpage from Fes, Morocco.
• My World – Island Records founder Chris Blackwell.
• Grooves – Emily Miller, one half of country singers the Sweetback Sisters, new Ethio-pop sensation Samuel Yirga, and Steve Roud, author of the New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs.
• News, including Fado on film: a new exhibition.
• Reviews of the latest CD, DVD and World Cinema releases.