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Competition: Win a Madredeus Vinyl Bundle!

Posted on November 1st, 2017 in Recent posts by .

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Win a set of four iconic Madredeus vinyls by entering our competition

Portuguese band Madredeus have been recording their unique mix of fado and modern folk music since 1985. Now you can own four of their iconic albums – Os Dias da Madredeus, O Espírito da Paz, Electronico and Antologia – on vinyl, which were recently reissued by Parlophone Portugal.

The competition closing date is January 5, 2o18 and the winner will be contacted by email. To enter, simply click here!

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Introducing Songlines issue #133 (December 2017)

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

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The December 2017 (#133) issue of Songlines is now on sale!

Our cover star this issue is Hugh Masekela, the legendary South African horn player. Other features include an interview with the Dublin-based four-piece Lankum about their modern take on Irish trad music; Belgians Didier Laloy and Kathy Adam talk about their outlandish new orchestral project, Belem & the MeKanics; qanun player Maya Youssef who releases her debut album, Syrian Dreams; Tools of the Trade on the bamboo mouth organ from Thailand, the khaen, plus the latest CD, book, world cinema and live reviews. 

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The Top of the World CD includes tracks from Robert Plant, Saz’iso, Lankum and Hugh Masekela, as well as a guest playlist from composer and conductor, Carl Davis, featuring music from Paul Robeson, Compay Segundo and others.

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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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Top of the World albums: Songlines #133 (December 2017)

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

Here is our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the November issue of Songlines. Tracks from each of these albums are included on the free cover-CD with issue #133.

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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Orchestre Les Mangelepa 
Last Band Standing
Strut
Loping bass, ensemble vocals, ticking hi-hat, horns and a sebene style guitar-based groove fill this album. Vintage vibes with plenty of room to party.
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Robert Plant
Carry Fire
Nonesuch
The classic West Coast rock of Robert Plant, this time infused with world flavours. Justin Adams’ oud complements the North African rhythms that weave throughout.
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Betsayda Machado & Parranda El Clavo
Loé Loá: Rural Recordings Under the Mango Tree
Odelia
An authentic field recording of Venezuelan golpes de tambor, captured under a mango tree. This track embodies the community feel of the album.
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Hugh Masekela
No Borders
Semopa
Five stars for this diverse, 44th album from the legendary African horn player and singer. This jazz infused, danceable track shows off Masekela’s signature solo playing and distinctive vocals.
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Lankum
Between the Earth and Sky
Rough Trade
The pure vocals of Radie Peat shine on this haunting version of the traditional song from the Irish group formerly known as Lynched.
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Les Fils Canouche
La Fasciculation
Vlad Productions
A fourth album brimming with feisty rhythms and swinging, self-penned songs that borrow from tango, rumba, jazz manouche and more. Delightfully intriguing.
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The Souljazz Orchestra
Under Burning Skies
Strut
After 15 years together, the Ottawa-based sextet have discovered the synth. Afrobeat and French Caribbean influences are complemented by an 80s groove and electro disco feel.
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Andina: The Sound of the Peruvian Andes, Huayno, Carnaval & Cumbia 1968-1978
Tiger’s Milk Records
Catchy keyboard and string melodies fuel this track from a compilation of vintage Peruvian gems.
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At Least Wave Your Handkerchief at Me: The Joys and Sorrows of Southern Albanian Song
Glitterbeat
Producer Joe Boyd and engineer Jerry Boys take us on a journey into the mountains of southern Albania, drawing on the beautiful arabesques of saze.
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Guy Schalom
TEN
Ethnomusic Records
Guy Schalom is a superb player of the tabla – the Egyptian goblet drum – as heard on this track and throughout an album that celebrates a decade of the Baladi Blues Ensemble.
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Pick up the December 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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Top of the World albums: Songlines #132 (November 2017)

Posted on September 27th, 2017 in Features, Recent posts by .

Here is our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the November issue of Songlines. Tracks from each of these albums are included on the free cover-CD with issue #132.

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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Frigg
Frost on Fiddles
Frigg
Captivating folk tunes from the Finnish seven-piece supergroup known for their fiery polkas and infectious energy.
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Kyle Huval & the Dixie Club Ramblers
Straight Allons
Valcour Records
Huval showcases his own writing skills alongside Cajun classics played in the traditional, dance-hall rocking style.
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Msafiri Zawose
Uhamiaji
Soundway Records
Son of Tanzanian legend Hukwe Zawose has proved he’s a chip off the old block with this five-star album. A refreshing, sophisticated jazz sensibility displays Zawose’s musical dynamism.
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Širom
I Can Be A Clay Snapper
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The combination of overlapping textures, command of polyrhythms and elegant production is mesmeric on this album from the young Slovenian trio.
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Trio da Kali & Kronos Quartet
Ladilikan
World Circuit
Hawa Diabaté’s stunning vocals and Lassana Diabaté’s virtuosic balafon merge beautifully with captivating strings. A sublime collaboration.
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Labelle
Univers-Île
Infiné Editions 
Reflecting the cultural diversity of La Réunion, Indian slide guitarist Prakash Sontakke and revered Malian kora player Ballaké Sissoko join Labelle on this sonic tapestry of an album.
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Gwyneth Glyn
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Gwyneth Glyn returns with a collection of her most intimate folk inspired songs yet. Seckou Keita’s kora and other instruments such as lapsteel, crwth and bansitar add a brooding depth to the songs.
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Lo’Jo
[Fonetiq Flowers]
World Village/Pias
This jazz-infused song is theatrical, complex, and fits comfortably on this eclectic album along with a music-shop’s worth of instruments. This French outfit sound as fresh as ever.
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IIII+IIII
Discos Ifá
A five-star debut from this Puerto Rican ensemble. Their electronic aesthetic is fused with traditional roots and permeated by spirituality, beautifully showcased on this track.
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Farida Parveen
Songs of Lalon Shah
Ocora Radio France
With a message that defies the existence of differences between race or religion, this is perhaps the most famous of Bengali poet Lalon Shah’s songs.
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Pick up the October 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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