Saharawi singer Aziza Brahim; Finnish trio Värttinä; the Easter Rising centenary; Greek vocalist Savina Yannatou; and the Fluid Piano
The April (#116) edition is on sale in the UK from today. The free exclusive 14-track covermount CD features ten tracks from our latest Top of the World albums and a guest playlist by Noisettes frontwoman and bassist Shingai Shoniwa.
This issue also includes a bonus CD featuring a few of the finest acts to emerge from Silesia, one of the epicentres of Poland’s current folk revival.
Featured on the Top of the World CD are new tracks from Dominican bachata singer and musician Joan Soriano, American-Irish supergroup The Gloaming and English folk singer Maz O’Connor.
Aziza Brahim – We talk to the singer about life in exile and how music and politics are inseparable.
The Easter Rising Centenary – Chris Moss reports on the centenary of Ireland’s Easter Rising.
Värttinä – The Finnish group discuss the Karelian influences on their latest album.
The Fluid Piano – We speak to the new invention’s creator, Geoff Smith and Indian pianist Utsav Lal about its unique mechanisms and exciting potentials.
Savina Yannatou – The Greek vocalist tells us why her music has no borders.
Rokia Traoré – We provide a Beginner’s Guide to the Malian singer-songwriter who continues to push the boundaries with her choice of collaborators and producers.
Shingai Shoniwa – A playlist and interview with Noisettes frontwoman and bassist, who discusses the music she grew up with and how that helped shape her eclectic tastes.
Eliades Ochoa – We catch up with the Stetson-toting Cuban guitarist and chat about his life and plans after Buena Vista Social Club.
PLUS! Reviews of the latest CD, book and world cinema releases.