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Beyond the Beat: An Exhibition of Global Music Photography, March 28 – April 23

Posted on March 17th, 2017 in Live, News, Recent posts by .

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Royal Albert Hall & Songlines Magazine present ‘Beyond the Beat’, an exhibition of global music photography

We’ve always said at Songlines that music is a window on the world and that’s made clear at a unique exhibition of world music photography to be held at London’s Royal Albert Hall in April. All 13 exhibiting photographers have had their work published within the pages of Songlines, and the breadth of subjects, textures and styles in their photographs is as wide as the world itself: Sufi trance from Morocco, Gypsy brass from Romania, Touareg guitarists from the Sahara, Colombian cowboys, Mexican divas, griots from Mali, Asian dancers… the list goes on and on.

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Images of many of the great musical names will be on show including Fela Kuti, Tinariwen, Amjad Ali Khan, Cesaria Evora, Djivan Gasparyan as well as many more lesser-known artists. Never before has such a broad range of musical subjects been covered in a single photographic exhibition. The pictures will also be available to purchase. Across these pages, we present a sample of the exhibition, but if you can, go beyond the beat and feast your ears through your eyes!

The exhibition will be on display in the Royal Albert Hall’s Amphi Corridor and can be viewed when attending a performance between March 28 and April 23 2017, or on the following free open days:

Saturday April 1: 10am-4pm
Sunday April 2: 10am-4pm
Sunday April 16: 10am-1pm
Saturday April 22: 10am-1pm
Sunday April 23: 10am-1pm

+ MORE Beyond the Beat is curated by Andy Morgan, Dave Gamble and Songlines and is sponsored by Niche Frames
+ Find out more www.royalalberthall.com

All the displayed works will be on sale.

The participating photographers are: Miriam Abdulla; Simon Broughton; Arnhel De Serra; Thomas Dorn; Julio Etchart; Aubrey Fagon; Alex Harvey-Brown; Sarah Hickson; Cath Legras; Elly Lucas; Andy Morgan; Bartek Muracki; Alex Robinson.

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Top of the World albums: Songlines #126 (April 2017)

Posted on March 1st, 2017 in Features, Recent posts by .

Here is our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the April issue of Songlines. Tracks from each of these albums are included on the free cover-CD with issue #126.

To buy the new issue or to find out more about subscribing to Songlines, please visit: www.songlines.co.uk/subs

 

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Mokoomba
Luyando
Out Here Records
Luyando is a triumphant return from Zimbabwe’s favourite young band, full of slick vocal harmonies and catchy rhythms. The songs reflect the traditions and their roots in Tonga life.
Amazon | iTunes

 

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Inna de Yard
The Soul of Jamaica
Chapter Two Records
Stripped down, roots reggae, featuring booming hand drums, muted trumpets, mellow guitar and soulful vocals.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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Bargou 08
Targ
Glitterbeat
A no-nonsense electro-acoustic album recorded in a remote region of north-west Tunisia, known as the Bargou valley.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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Maria Pomianowska
The Voice of Suka
For Tune
A beautiful and inventive album of Polish suka (fiddle) playing by a renowned collaborator. This lyrical composition is underpinned by vari-pitched drumming and wordless vocals.
Amazon

 

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Rhiannon Giddens
Freedom Highway
Nonesuch Records
This album strives to join the dots between slave narratives, the Civil Rights era and today’s Black Lives Matter movement.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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La Mambanegra
El Callegüeso y Su Mala Maña
Movimientos Records 
Some of the most raw, passionate and visceral salsa being made anywhere in the world, featuring a tight and funky brass section, and led by vocalist and veritable engine-room Jacobo Vélez.
Amazon

 

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Tuuletar
Tules Maas Vedes Taivaal
Bafe’s Factory
The debut from four highly versatile Finnish vocalists. Through beatboxing, singing, sighing and other vocal effects, they have created an album comprised entirely of vocal sounds.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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Omar Puente
Best Foot Forward
OP Records
A varied and compelling album. Puente’s electric violin is enhanced by his multi-national sextet, creating a jazzy fusion imbued with a range of cultural influences.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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Debashish Bhattacharya
Hawaii to Calcutta: A Tribute to Tau Moe
Riverboat Records
An endearing album mixing classics popularised by Tau Moe with Bhattacharya’s own compositions.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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Warsaw Village Band
Sun Celebration
Jaro Medien
Global trance music with lyrical inspiration drawn from Poland’s oldest folkloric song material. The group’s signature massed vocals form the base of this texturely packed record.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

Pick up the April issue of Songlines to enjoy our Top of the World cover-CD, which contains tracks from each of the albums above. To find out more about subscribing to Songlines, visit: songlines.co.uk/subs

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Introducing Songlines issue #126 (April 2017)

Posted on March 1st, 2017 in News, Recent posts by .

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The April 2017 (#126) issue of Songlines is now on sale!

Our cover stars this issue are the young Zimbabwean band Mokoomba who are making a long-awaited comeback after their 2013 award-winning album.

musical-dynamiteIn this issue we also interview Warsaw Village Band about their collaborative approach to Polish folk music; Bollywood Brass Band and Jyotsna Srikanth talk about their latest project, Carnatic Connection; there’s a report from the Cappadox Festival in Turkey; a preview of a forthcoming photographic exhibition coming to London’s Royal Albert Hall; a Beginner’s Guide to the veteran Senegalese band, Orchestra Baobab; plus the latest CD, DVD, book and world cinema reviews. 


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The Top of the World CD includes Mokoomba, Rhiannon Giddens, Omar Puente, Inna de Yard, as well as a guest playlist from the best-selling author and historian Peter Frankopan, featuring Lata Mangeshkar, the Russian Army Ensemble and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.

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Your free download! Plan your next musical adventure with our free International World Music Festival Guide 2017-18.

To buy the new issue or to find out more about subscribing to Songlines, please visit: www.songlines.co.uk/subs

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World music: the rising stars

Posted on March 1st, 2017 in Features, Recent posts by .

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Every year, Songlines recognises an emerging artist or group who have made an outstanding album, and winners of the Newcomer Award invariably go on to have bright futures. Mokoomba (pictured above) won the Award in 2013, and you can find out all about their latest project in the April 2017 issue (#126). Meanwhile, here on the Songlines website we’ve gathered together fascinating features and interviews with other previous winners of this prestigious award.

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Songhoy Blues won the  Newcomer category in the Songlines Music Awards 2016. Hailed as ‘Mali’s Next Big Thing’, the young band have continued to ride on a much-deserved wave of success.

Read the article: ‘Songhoy Blues: Songhai Stars’ 

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Winner of the Newcomer Award in 2015, Ibibio Sound Machine’s British-Nigerian singer Eno Williams talks to Alexandra Petropoulos about her role as a storyteller.

Read the article: ‘Introducing… Ibibio Sound Machine’

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Family Atlantica carried off the Songlines Newcomer Award in 2014. Russ Slater talks to the band that unites traditions, stories and rhythms across the Atlantic in a wave of Afro-Latin grooves. (Photograph by Alex Harvey-Brown)

Read the interview: ‘Family Atlantica: a family affair’

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The story of Fatoumata Diawara’s rise to fame includes winning the Songlines Newcomer Award in 2012. She chats to Rose Skelton and explains about how she found her voice. (Photograph by Youri Lenquette)

Read the interview: ‘Fatoumata Diawara: “my voice was my first companion”’

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Robin Denselow catches up with Songlines’ 2011 Newcomer Award-winner, Raghu Dixit, and reflects on the young singer’s remarkable career to date. (Photograph by Nikhil Madgavkar)

Read interview: ‘The Rise and Rise of Raghu Dixit’

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Since winning the Newcomer Award in 2010, Deolinda have been taking Portugal by storm. (Photograph by Isabel Pinto)

Read interview: ‘Deolinda: the fresh face of fado’

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Indo-Canadian singer Kiran Ahluwalia has moved away from her ghazal tradition and come up with a whole new musical genre: a Touareg-ghazal-qawwali fusion. She talks to Li Robbins about her new-found love for music from the Sahara. (Photograph by Fernando Elizalde)
Read the interview: ‘Kiran Ahluwalia: mix and match’

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