Nigerien guitarist Bombino; Topic Records’ The Voice of the People compiler Reg Hall; archivist Christopher King; South African guitarist Derek Gripper; and the Songlines Music Awards nominations
The May (#117) 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 French composer and musician Yann Tiersen.
This issue also includes a bonus CD featuring some of the acts to perform at the biennial Yorkshire Festival, which returns to the county in June.
Featured on the Top of the World CD are new tracks from Konono No 1 & Batida, Argentinian nu cumbia singer La Yegros and Orcadian singer-songwriter and guitarist Kris Drever.
Bombino – We talk to the singer and guitarist about his musical journey and developing his very own ‘Tuareggae’ style
Reg Hall – Topic Records’ Voice of the People series compiler talks about traditional Irish music in London
Christopher King – We look at the archivist’s latest collection of previously unheard recordings from Greece;
Derek Gripper – Simon Broughton talks to the South African guitarist on his first visit to Mali
Songlines Music Awards – We reveal this year’s nominees.
The Rustavi Choir – A Beginner’s Guide to the polyphonic singing from the Georgian ensemble soon to perform in the UK.
Yann Tiersen – A playlist and interview with the French composer and musician, who discusses his Breton roots and how the natural world is the inspiration behind his current project.
Reem Kelani – We catch up with the Palestinian singer and discuss her remarkable live performances.
PLUS! Reviews of the latest CD, book and world cinema releases.