Rufus Wainwright, Jupiter & Okwess International and Mulatu Astatke
The October 2013 issue of Songlines (#95) is on sale in the UK from August 30, which includes our regular Top of the World CD featuring ten tracks from the finest new global releases as well as five tracks chosen by singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright.
The Top of the World CD includes tracks from guitarist Vieux Farka Touré; Monsieur Doumani; Welsh folk singer Georgia Ruth; Malian bluesman Lobi Traoré; Niger’s Tal National; and Turkey’s Cüneyt Sepetçi & Orchestra Dolapdere.
There is also a bonus CD, Arctic Paradise: WOMEX and LIFEM Edition 2013, opening the doors to Finland’s buzzing music scene.
This issue also includes…
• Jupiter & Okwess International – The Congolese ‘Rebel General’ reveals his long-fought battle to modernise his country’s music.
• Mulatu Astatke – The father of Ethio-jazz recalls his pioneering of a new musical style.
• Family Atlantica – Afro-Latin grooves and cross-cultural encounters.
• Timo Alakotila – The quiet harmonium master is leading the way for a Finnish folk revival.
• Dhrupad – An exploration into the profound Indian classical music tradition.
• Beginner’s Guide to Paco Peña, the flamenco king.
• Postcard from Aswan, Egypt.
• Backpage from Reykjavík, Iceland.
• My World: a playlist and interview with singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright.
• Grooves: Bright young British folk singer, Lucy Ward; Tal National guitarist and ex-soccer player, Almeida; Lebanese singer, songwriter and actress, Yasmine Hamdan.
• News, including a look ahead at London’s Darbar festival, a preview of this year’s LIFEM, and an overview of the Barbican’s up-coming Transcender Weekend.
• Reviews of the latest CD, book and world cinema releases.