The January/February 2013 issue of Songlines is on sale in the UK from December 7 and includes our regular Top of the World CD with ten tracks from the finest new releases from around the planet. The CD also includes five tracks selected by conductor, TV presenter and founder of the British Paraorchestra, Charles Hazlewood.
The Top of the World CD includes tracks from award–winning Scottish fiddler Duncan Chisholm; New Orleans’ The Hot 8 Brass Band; two of Senegal’s finest, Malick Pathé Sow & Bao Sissoko; masterful Malagasy guitarist Solorazaf; long–established folksters Show of Hands and the fiercely political Mexican Institute of Sound among others.
The main editorial features include:
• Best Albums of 2012 – The Songlines’ editors pick their personal favourite albums of the year.
• Bassekou Kouyaté – The ngoni star recorded his latest album, Jama Ko, amidst the chaos of Mali’s coup.
• Sacred Harp – A look into the weird and wonderful world of shape note singing that’s coming to a community centre near you.
• English Folk Revival – The burgeoning English folk scene is witnessing a revival. Is it finally stepping out of the shadow of its Celtic cousins?
• Lo’Jo – Andy Morgan travels to Georgia with the free-spirited, maverick French band.
• Beginner’s Guide to the Fanfare Ciocarlia.
• Festival Profile: Shrewsbury Folk Festival.
• Postcard from Santorini.
• Backpage from Poland.
• My World – conductor and TV presenter Charles Hazlewood.
• Grooves – pipa virtuoso Wu Man, British singer–guitarist Sam Carter and rapper Joe Driscoll.
• News, including the Blue Lotus Festival and Refugee Action’s World Food Night.
• Reviews of the latest CD, DVD and World Cinema releases.