The Cape Verde archipelago is a collection of ten small islands some 500km off the coast of Senegal that mark Africa’s most Western frontier. This very poor and isolated nation won international recognition through the beautiful voice of Cesaria Evora (1941-2011), a singer nicknamed ‘the barefoot diva.’ Evora grew up in extreme poverty and sang in bars for decades until the male singer Bana took her to Portugal in the early 1990s. A Parisian Cape Verdean then produced and promoted Cesaria on the world music circuit. The beauty of her voice and the morna – as Cape Verde’s ballad music is described – found Evora enjoying great fame. Many other Cape Verdean musicians have followed in her wake, both veterans like Zé Luís and newbies Lura and Elida Almeida. Playlist by Garth Cartwright for Songlines.
La Linea Festival returns to London, featuring Orkesta Mendoza, António Zambujo, Totó La Momposina and more
Orkesta Mendoza, António Zambujo and Totó La Momposina are set to appear at this year’s La Linea Festival in London
The London Latin Music Festival, La Linea, founded by ¡Como No! has built a firm reputation as one of the world’s most unique celebrations of South American music since its inception in 2001. The annual event returns for its 17th year this April, hosting an eclectic range of artists in a number of venues spread out across the capital.
The festival will feature the fiery Orkesta Mendoza, who will bring their unique cultural fusion of cumbia, mambo, indie and rock’n’roll to Rich Mix on April 21. Portuguese singer and guitarist António Zambujo is also set to make a welcome return to La Linea, bringing the Chico Buarque songbook to London for the first time; catch him at Cadogan Hall on April 21. The legendary Totó La Momposina will also take to the stage at Cadogan Hall on April 28 in a rare UK appearance, representing the music of Columbia’s Caribbean coastline.
La Linea will take place between April 18-29 2017.
Orchestra Baobab, Oumou Sangaré and Eliza Carthy & the Wayward Band are among the second wave of acts announced for this year’s WOMAD Charlton Park Festival from July 27-30.
Following February’s announcement of the first wave of acts heading to Wiltshire this year, WOMAD have revealed the latest surge of artists who will appear this coming July.
Iconic Senegalese band Orchestra Baobab take to the stage following the release of their new album Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng, the Malian vocal superstar and figure of African female emancipation Oumou Sangaré returns to the WOMAD stage for a much-awaited comeback, and folk powerhouse Eliza Carthy and her Wayward Band stop off in Wiltshire on a busy year of touring.
Other confirmed acts include:
Bixiga 70 (Brasil)
Malmesbury School Project (UK)
Orkestra Mendoza (US)
Bill Laurance (UK)
Tanzania Albinism Society (Tanzania)
King Gurcharan Mall and the Dhol Blasters (UK)
Ska Vengers (India)
Taiko Meantime (UK)
Inna de Yard (Jamaica)
Officina Zoé (Italy)
Meté Meté (Brazil)
Kuenta i Tambu (The Netherlands)
Beating Heart (UK)
Kakatsitsi, Gubi! Family and Bwiti (Namibia)
For tickets and more information visit www.womad.co.uk.
The Battle of the Bands, run by World Music Network, is a competition for up-and-coming, unsigned world music artists. A new winner is chosen every two months, and this month seven-piece klezmer band Oysland have taken the top spot.
The London-based group embody the new generation of Yiddish roots music, taking listeners on a journey through the traditional music of Eastern Europe, the Balkans and beyond, adding their own individual and foot-stomping flair. They feature regularly on the London Klezmer and Balkan scenes and are a favourite at weddings, bar mitzvahs and other celebrations.
Listen to their winning song, ‘Ederlezi Avela’, here.
Check them out on April 29 at Jamboree, Cable St Studios or May 29 at Ritzy, Brixton.