Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita, DrakaBraka and A Filetta
The August/September 2014 (#102) edition is on sale in the UK from today. The free exclusive 15-track covermount CD features ten tracks from our latest Top of the World albums and a guest playlist by BBC 6Music DJ and film director, Don Letts.
Featured on the Top of the World CD are new tracks from bass-heavy Dub Colossus, Kinshasa collective Kasai Allstars and virtuoso Hungarians, Söndörgő.
This issue also includes…
• Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita – Jo Frost talks to the pair who have received international praise for their majestic blend of Welsh harp and West African kora.
• DakhaBrakha – Peter Culshaw travels to Kiev, Ukraine’s stricken capital, to talk to one of the leading players in the country’s now fertile scene.
• British Folk Art – As the Tate mounts a pioneering exhibition, we turn to British folk musicians for their highlights.
• Rwanda’s New Musical Identity – Twenty years on from the genocide, Jeppe Hedegaard discovers how today’s young Rwandan music industry is searching for a new identity.
• Beginner’s Guide to Corsican polyphonic ensemble, A Filetta, who are keeping this ancient form of singing alive.
• Festival Pass: Morgenland Festival, Germany.
• My World: A playlist and interview with Don Letts.
• Introducing… Noura Mint Seymali and Imed Alibi.
• Spotlight on Kasai Allstars.
• Quick Fire: Alan Bearman, Arthur Jeffes and Maz O’Connor.
• What’s New, including the return of Les Ambassadeurs, new radio programme Brasil Music Exchange and the Queen’s birthday honours.
• Cerys Matthews (MBE!) looks for the faint rays of sunlight through the disheartening world news.
• Reviews of the latest CD, DVD and world cinema releases.