The April/May 2014 issue of Songlines (#99) is on sale in the UK from today. The issue includes our regular Top of the World CD featuring ten tracks from the finest new global releases as well as five tracks chosen by British choreographer, Richard Alston.
The Top of the World CD includes tracks from fiery Scottish-Latin big band Salsa Celtica, Gaelic’s golden girl Julie Fowlis and Malawian mice-sellers, Malawi Mouse Boys.
This issue’s bonus CD is a 15-track sampler featuring artists playing at this year’s Førde Traditional and World Music Festival, including Ana Moura, Bassekou Kouyaté and Taraf de Haidouks.
This issue also includes…
• Songlines Music Awards 2014 Nominees – We present this year’s 16 nominees, as voted by you.
• Julie Fowlis – Gaelic music’s brightest star releases a new album.
• Maurice El Médioni – The multifarious life of Algeria’s boogie-woogie maestro.
• Habib Koité – The Malian singer and guitarist talks about his new album and the crisis in his home country.
• Malawi Mouse Boys – Three things are integral to their lives – God, music and music.
• She’Koyokh – London’s best Balkan and klezmer band talks to Simon Broughton about their latest release.
• Beginner’s Guide to the remarkable life and music of Austrian Aboriginal singer Archie Roach.
• Festival Pass to the Fes Festival of Sacred Music in Morocco.
• My World: a playlist and interview with renowned British dance choreographer Richard Alston.
• Introducing… Ibibio Sound Machine and Tcha Limberger.
• Spotlight on La Linea, London’s Latin music festival.
• Quick Fire: Mor Karbasi, Dan Walsh, Marinah.
• What’s new, including the 15th BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and marking the 50th anniversary since the seminal folk music Radio Ballad series came to an end.
• Reviews of the latest CD, DVD, book and world cinema releases.