The April/ May 2013 issue of Songlines is on sale in the UK from March 15. As always, it comes with our Top of the World compilation CD, featuring ten tracks from the finest new albums from around the planet. The CD also includes five tracks selected by the British composer and viola player Jocelyn Pook, revealing her interest in Balkan brass, Brazilian forro and more.
The Top of the World CD includes tracks from Malian cover star Rokia Traoré; charming young Mancunian fiddler Emma Sweeney; American old-time duo Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott; oddball balladry from Alasdair Roberts & Friends; Columbian psychedelia from Los Pirañas and expertly executed Bulgarian folk from Eva Quartet & Hector Zazou.
This issue’s features include:
• Songlines Music Awards 2013 – The 16 nominees are announced!
• Rokia Traoré – The Malian superstar singer on her life, music and new rock-influenced album.
• Ballaké Sissoko – The kora star shares his story with Rose Skelton.
• Rainforest Festival – The world music festival transforming arts, culture and lives in Sarawak, Borneo
• The Nile Project – Simon Broughton on the musical project bridging communities together over the River Nile.
• Beginner’s Guide to Ana Moura, Portugal’s star of modern fado.
• Festival Profile: Poland’s Ethno Port festival.
• Postcard from New Orleans – Garth Cartwright visits the Mardi Gras.
• Backpage from Bangladesh – from Mercury nominee Sam Lee.
• My World – composer and viola player Jocelyn Pook.
• Grooves – Sudanese-Italian singer Amira Kheir, Transglobal Underground’s multi-instrumentalist Tim Whelan and Welsh accordionist Jamie Smith.
• News, including the UN Women’s official anthem and Staff Benda Bilili’s break-up.
• Reviews of the latest CD, DVD and world cinema releases.