The weather is turning chilly and the sun is disappearing, so it’s only natural that we start daydreaming about trips to sunny locals. But if you daydream of more than just beach towels and colourful drinks with tiny umbrellas, then a music safari – full of exciting sounds and culture – may be just what the doctor ordered.
Songlines Music Travel is delighted to announce our list of exclusive music trips for 2013.
(c) Alex Robinson
Cuba – New Year
December 29 2012 – January 12 2013
December 29 2013 – January 13 2013
Enjoy a new year like no other in Havana before heading East.
Jamaica – Caribbean Vibrations
January 2-13 2013
Experience Jamaica’s extraordinary music ’on the rock’, whilst enjoying the extraordinary landscape, beautiful beaches and tasty food of this vibrant island.
Brazil – Carnival in Recife
February 5-15 2013
Celebrate in the world’s biggest and best street parties during the Brazilian Carnaval season. Leave your inhibitions behind and prepare for a riot of sounds and colour.
Bamako, Ségou and the Festival on the Niger*
February 9-18 2013
February 9-19 2013
Visit the capital Bamako and further along the Niger, the charming town of Ségou as it celebrates the Festival on the Niger, one of the best festivals in West Africa.
Zanzibar – Sounds of the Spice Islands
February 11-18 2013
February 11-22 2013
Explore the wonderful sounds of the Spice Islands, including Sauti Za Busara festival.
Jerez – Flamenco Festival
March 1-4 2013
Andalucía is the birthplace of flamenco, making Jerez a fitting host for the world’s leading flamenco festival. Enjoy shows by top festival acts and flamenco at its roots in the lively clubs and bodegas.
Senegal – Never Mind the Mbalax
March 15-24 2013
March 15-25 2013
Senegal’s capital, Dakar, is renowned for its mbalax and hip-hop. We also visit the historically important Gorée island and St Louis, West Africa’s first French settlement.
Cape Verde – Kriol Jazz Festival Praia
April 9-16 2013
Home to the world famous ‘barefoot diva’ Cesaria Evora, this festival takes place on one of West Africa’s little-known island nations.
Cuba – The Music of Cuba
May 4-18 2013
May 11-18 2013
From Havana to Baracoa, Santiago de Cuba, Guantánamo, Camagüey and Trinidad, exploring the captivating music in each area.
India – Rajisthan Musical Adventure
October 9-22 2013
Our musical adventure delves into a soul-inspiring part of the world: the desert state of Rajasthan. Stopping off for workshops and seminars with local experts, performances in the desert and interactions with extraordinary artists, the tour culminates in the famous Jodhpur RIFF, the Rajasthan International Folk Festival, hosted in the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur.
Lisbon – The Home of Fado
June 13-16 2013
For fans of Mariza and all things fado, discover where Portugal’s most distinctive music was born less than 200 years ago and the sample lively Brazilian and Cape Verdean scenes.
June 20-24 2013
June 20-27 2013
Each June, the Moroccan Atlantic coastal town of Essaouira hosts the extraordinary Gnawa and World Music Festival. Our tour offers a long weekend trip with two full days to enjoy a range of music and the opportunity to explore the narrow lanes of the old walled medina and the wonderful long beaches beyond.
June 24 – July 1 2013
Sarawak, on the northern coast of Borneo, retains a strong cultural identity and is home to a diverse range of indigenous ethnic groups, and the extraordinary Rainforest Festival.
Serbia – Guca Brass Band Festival
August 7-12 2013
Guča’s brass festival, which has been going since 1961, is one of Europe’s wildest events. This trip allows you to enjoy the raucous festival and spend some time exploring the lively city of Belgrade.
Malawi – Lake of Stars Festival
October 2013 (8 & 11 days) - TBC
Mali – The Beating Heart of the Mande Empire*
October 12-21 2013
This trip explores the music scene of Bamako, one of the liveliest in Africa, as well as a visit to the Sikasso region and time in Ségou. A genuine insight into local culture and traditions.
Senegal – Never Mind the Mbalax
November 22 – December 1 2013
* This trip will run subject to advice from the FCO