The November/December 2012 issue of Songlines is on sale in the UK from October 12 and includes our regular Top of the World CD with ten tracks from the finest new releases from around the globe. Also included on the Top of the World CD is an exclusive playlist chosen by the Adjaye brothers – the renowned architect David and musician/producer Peter.
The Top of the World CD features tracks from folk big band Bellowhead; Finnish musical veterans Värttinä; The Souljazz Orchestra; Korean six-stringed zither quartet Geomungo Factory; genre-bending Brazilian Lucas Santtana; and award-winning Lau, among others.
If that wasn’t enough, Songlines columnist and 6Music presenter Cerys Matthews has compiled a bonus CD of sonic treats straight from the valleys, to celebrate Wales welcoming WOMEX in 2013.
The main editorial features include:
• Bellowhead – English folk’s most raucous big band divulge some secrets and guilty pleasures.
• Mali crisis – A report on the dire effect the situation in Mali is having on its musicians.
• Geomungo Factory – An in-depth look at the sound world of this groundbreaking Korean quartet.
• Melingo – The Argentinian who has created his unique tango bizarro style talks to Chris Moss about Piazzolla, politics and nationalism.
• Africa Express – “Magical, unforgettable, blessed” – three words that sum up the Africa Express rail trip for roving reporter Andy Morgan.
• Beginner’s Guide to the Oscar D’León.
• Sounding Out Thessaloniki – WOMEX 2012 host.
• Festival Profile: Sufi Sutra, Kolkata.
• Postcard from the Dominican Republic.
• Backpage from Sarajevo.
• My World – with the Adjaye brothers.
• Grooves – Norwegian music producer and activist Deeyah, award-winning BBC broadcaster Mark Coles and traditional English folk singer Fay Hield.
• News, including Sam Lee’s Mercury Prize nomination and Värttinä’s WOMEX Artist Award triumph.
• Reviews of the latest CD, book and World Cinema releases.