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Live Preview | Zeca Pagodinho, London Apollo, November 29

Posted on November 9th, 2016 in Live, Recent posts by .

Zeca Pagodinho

Samba superstar Zeca Pagodinho heads to the capital this month

Zeca Pagodinho is one of Brazil’s biggest-selling sambistas and figureheads of the original 1980s samba-pagode movement, alongside other icons such as Jovelina Pérola Negra, Pedrinho da Flor, Elaine Machado, and Mauro Diniz. Pagodinho’s joyful carioca style has earned him millions of fans across his homeland, with four Latin Grammys to his name. 

On November 29, the charismatic singer will head to London’s Apollo for a special one-off performance. Click here for tickets.

Here’s a musical introduction to Rio’s revered sambista.

UK & European dates:

November 19, Sartory Säle, Cologne
November 24, Coliseu dos Recreios, Lisbon
November 29, Apollo, London
December 2, The Box, Amsterdam

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New issue (November 2016) on sale now!

Posted on September 30th, 2016 in News, Recent posts by .

Songlines November Issue


Mauritanian singer Noura Mint Seymali, Jordanian sibling trio The Khoury Project, Eliza Carthy and The Wayward Band, Lemn Sissay’s guest playlist and more

The November (#122) issue is on sale in the UK from today. Every edition comes with two free covermount CDs. The Top of the World compilation CD includes the tracks from the best new albums reviewed in the issue and an exclusive guest playlist from poet Lemn Sissay. There is also an exclusive 16-track Dutch Delta Sounds sampler, which highlights music from around the world that is rooted in the Netherlands.

On the Top of the World CD you’ll discover new tracks from international collective Kefaya, voodoo-funk explorers Vaudou Game, Austin-based chicha masters Money Chicha, and award-winning folk duo Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker.

Subscribe today and claim a Top of the World album for free!

Noura Mint Seymali

Noura Mint Seymali – The Mauritanian singer raising the profile of her country’s music
The Khoury Project – The Jordanian band of brothers coming to the UK
Martin Green’s Flit – The accordionist’s multimedia project about migration
Eliza Carthy – Folk’s newest big band about to hit the road
Ronald Snijders – Suriname’s kaseko flute ambassador

Elza Soares

A Beginner’s Guide to Elza Soares – She may be one of Brazil’s most famous samba singers, but her career and life have been a series of ups and downs.
Lemn Sissay – The poet and broadcaster has been honoured with an MBE, won awards and is chancellor of Manchester University. We talked to Sissay at WOMAD about discovering Ethiopia, his love of music and the artists he connects with
Joseph Tawadros & the Egyptian oud – The Cairo-born, Australia-raised oud player is now making his career in the UK.

PLUS! Reviews of the latest CD and world cinema releases.

Click here to buy the new issue.

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They Will Have to Kill Us First OST: Exclusive Album Stream

Posted on September 14th, 2016 in News, Recent posts by .

They Will Have to Kill us First

Listen to an exclusive stream of the original soundtrack for the film They Will Have to Kill Us, which will be released this Friday

Johanna Schwartz’s mesmerising documentary, They Will Have to Kill Us First, follows the plight of musicians caught up in Mali’s socio-political tragedy. The documentary has won plaudits worldwide, and has been credited with catapulting young Malian quartet Songhoy Blues onto the international stage.

Music is at the heart of Malian culture. The soundtrack features unreleased material from some of the country’s icons including Toumani Diabaté, Bombino and Ali Farka Touré, as well as original compositions from Yeah Yeah Yeah’s frontman, Nick Zinner, who produced Songhoy Blues’ acclaimed debut record.

Enjoy the album in full below.

The album is released Friday, September 16 on Transgressive Records. Pre-order your copy.

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Preview: K-Music Festival, September 15-October 25

Posted on August 26th, 2016 in News, Recent posts by .

K Fesitval

Jon Lusk offers a taster of some of the rare musical delights in store for audiences at the upcoming annual Korean music festival in London

Win a pair of festival passes (worth £70 each), giving you access to seven shows, plus a special finale show at London’s The Place, where Modern Table will present Darkness Poomba. Click here to enter.

K-Music, London’s remarkably broad-ranging festival of Korean music, returns for the third time this autumn and will feature some familiar artists who have previously performed at the event. These include the cutting-edge young band Jambinai, who have recently released a new album, A Hermitage (reviewed in #119), and who combine blasting guitars with the sounds of traditional instruments.  

The returning National Gugak Center are sure to deliver great musical and visual variety, with ravishing costumes in pastel shades of Korea’s distinctive colour palette, if last year’s entrancing Sadler’s Wells performance is anything to go by. This year their Kings Place show will contrast Korean and Western wind instruments.

One unique band making their London debut with six free shows at the British Museum are Jeong Ga Ak Hoe, whose wild and wonderful take on the pansori tradition underlines the pervading influence of shamanism on Korean music, and showcases traditional instruments such as haegeum (fiddle), piri (oboe), geomungo (zither), daegeum (flute), yanggeum (dulcimer) and the bizarre saenghwang (free reed mouth organ). Their shows will feature the folk songs and ritualistic music of North Korea before jingoistic propaganda-powered ditties became its totalitarian state soundtrack.

Aside from catering to roots music fans, K-Music 2016 will also feature shows for rockers and electronica lovers (with visceral performances by the likes of Idiotape and Patients, Asian Chairshot, plus Danpyunsun and The Sailors), modern dance aficionados and even jazz buffs, in shows by the golden-voiced diva Youn Sun Nah and Bristol-based saxophonist Andy Sheppard, who will be collaborating with gayageum player Kyungso Park (pictured above); her melodic style is accessible and rich in rhythm. Under her gentle touch, the gayageum could almost be another instrument, like the Japanese koto or China’s guzheng. As with so much Korean music, Park’s often has plenty of space that another player could inhabit, so it’ll be fascinating to see how Sheppard does that.

Of their onstage collaboration, Sheppard says: “I’ve always felt music is an international language with no borders and I’ve always been intrigued and inspired by musics outside my supposed sphere of activity – collaborating and discovering new musical worlds has always seemed completely normal to me, as communication is at the very heart of any musical experience. When the possibility of playing with Kyungso was suggested to me, I was immediately up for it and intrigued and then inspired by listening to some of her recordings. There is a wonderful sensitivity in the music/sound/melody/form/ improvisation that I find easy to relate to. In the period leading up to our meeting I will study and prepare ideas and find a way into the sound world of the gayageum but I want to remain open so we can discover the music together in real time – you never know where your music will take you (in all senses). I have very fond memories of my last trip to Seoul (with Carla Bley) a few years ago. Through this meeting with Kyungso, maybe I will get to go again, maybe we will play more concerts, maybe we will record – the music will tell the story… That’s the beautiful thing.”

The K-Music Festival runs from September 15-October 25. Kyungso Park & Andy Sheppard will perform at the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall on October 11

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