The October 2012 issue of Songlines is on sale in the UK from August 31 and includes our regular Top of the World CD with ten tracks from the finest new releases from around the planet. The Top of the World CD also includes five tracks selected by contemporary theatre and opera director, Peter Sellars.
The Top of the World CD includes tracks from Kinshasa collective Staff Benda Bilili; French fusionists Lo’Jo; Scottish folk singer Karine Polwart; Thai 70s golden era fiddler Thonghuad Faited; late Malian guitarist Zani Diabate & Les Heritiers; and US folk veteran Tom Paley’s Old-Time Moonshine Revue, among others.
The main editorial features include:
• Staff Benda Bilili – A personal diary from Kinshasa, by two men who work closely with the band as they record their latest album.
• NASA – Music for Aliens – The American space agency’s musical launch. Simon Broughton examines the contents of the Voyager interstellar record.
• Darbar Festival – A look at the London-based festival that is set to showcase some of the sublime, rare ragas that are often overlooked.
• Krar Collective – Tim Cumming chats to the trio who have emerged from the Éthiopiques generation.
• Nino Biton – The Arab-Andalusian oud player making his debut on the world stage.
• Beginner’s Guide to the Klezmatics.
• Sounding Out Tel Aviv – all the best places to find music in the Israeli party city.
• Festival Profile: Jeonju International Festival, Korea.
• Postcard from Jakarta.
• Backpage from Nigeria.
• My World – contemporary theatre and opera director Peter Sellars.
• Grooves – Circle of Sound collaborators Soumik Datta and Bernhard Schimpelsberger, Derbyshire folk singer and fiddler Bella Hardy, and Sedryk, founder of Reaktion record label.
• News, including the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative.
• Reviews of the latest CD, DVD and World Cinema releases.