Playlist: Islands in the Sun

Posted on July 19th, 2016 in Features, Recent posts by .

islands in the sun

There’s something about islands that seems to produce great music. As staging posts on trade routes, the constant coming-and-going over the centuries has created a melting-pot of cultural influences that has enabled small islands such as Cuba and Jamaica to make a gigantic contribution to world music out of all proportion to their geographical size. But it’s not just the rich musical legacy of the Caribbean islands we celebrate here in a playlist that also includes examples from the Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean, the Pacific and the Atlantic, as we voyage the seven seas from the balmy waters of the tropics to the chillier currents of Iceland and the Orkney Isles. (Playlist by Nigel Williamson for Songlines.)

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