The Best Albums of 2015; Malian singer and guitarist Vieux Farka Touré; choreographer Akram Khan; and Israeli composer and qawwali singer Shye Ben Tzur
The January/February (#114) edition is on sale in the UK from today. The free exclusive 16-track covermount CD features ten tracks from our latest Top of the World albums, a guest playlist by American singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant, and a bonus track from banjo player Alison Brown’s new album The Song of the Banjo.
Featured on the Top of the World CD are new tracks from Peruvian group Bareto, lyra player Stelios Petrakis, Papua New Guinea’s George Telek and multi-instrumentalist Dexter Story.
• Best Albums of 2015 – We select our favourite albums of the year.
• Vieux Farka Touré – Daniel Brown talks to the Malian singer about the heavy subject matter of his new album.
• Akram Khan – The choreographer speaks to us about the creative process behind his new work, Until the Lions.
• Aon Teanga – Connecting the Gaelic songs of Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man.
• Junun – Shye Ben Tzur and Jonny Greenwood join forces with The Rajasthan Express.
• Beginner’s Guide to Boban and Marko Marković.
• My World: A playlist and interview with singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant.
• Postcard from Moravia, Czech Republic.
• Introducing… Zoufris Maracas and The Rheingans Sisters.
• Spotlight on Tiken Jah Fakoly.
• Quickfire: Sarah Hayes, Jenny Hill and Michael Church.
• What’s New, including the music and film project Sahel Calling; an evening of Arabic music at the Royal Albert Hall; the 40th anniversary of Fellside Recordings, and composer Alan Bern’s Semer Reloaded project.
• Reviews of the latest CD, book and world cinema releases.