In less than two weeks time Songlines Encounters Festival returns for its fourth year on June 5-7 at London’s Kings Place, in association with Ikon Arts Management. Female vocalists are a strong strand running through this year’s line-up. Come and see some spectacular international musicians and up-and-coming artists that we want to champion.
Thursday June 5
Family Atlantica + Dobet Gnahoré
The Songlines Encounters Festival begins in Africa. Luzmira Zerpa is the larger-than-life vocalist of Family Atlantica (pictured above) whose music stretches from Venezuela across the Atlantic to London and West Africa. Dobet Gnahoré, from Ivory Coast, is one of the most dynamic young female performers of Africa. With striking costumes, Dobet’s shows have a visceral energy and power which you won’t forget.*
*Dobet Gnahoré is replacing Habib Koité, who is now unable to make the trip to the UK.
Friday June 6
Anna Phoebe + Oana Cătălina Chiţu
Anna Phoebe’s fiery violin mixes Eastern and Western influences with a touch of Gypsy and, in her UK concert hall debut, Romanian singer Oana Cătălina Chiţu (pictured above) brings her rich, smokey interpretations of Maria Tănase to London – kindly supported by the Romanian Cultural Institute London.
Saturday June 7
Kayhan Kalhor & Ali Bahrami Fard + Çiğdem Aslan
Saturday will feature major talents from Asia Minor and beyond. A sublime instrumental duo from Iran, featuring kamancheh (spike fiddle) and santur (hammer dulcimer), and the charismatic Çiğdem Aslan who performs Greek and Turkish repertoire with her virtuoso band. There’s a pre-concert talk with Kayhan Kalhor (pictured above) in the St Pancras Room (6:15pm).
Hear Simon Broughton talking to Turkish Kurdish vocalist Çiğdem Aslan and fiery violinist Anna Phoebe about what they’ll be bringing to the Festival…