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My World: Alex Kapranos’ playlist

Posted on May 1st, 2015 in News, Recent posts by .


Alexandra Petropoulos speaks to the lead singer and guitarist of Scottish rock band Franz Ferdinand about his Greek heritage and the rebetika music that helps him connect with it

He may be easily recognised as the frontman of indie rock band Franz Ferdinand, but more than that Alex Kapranos is a man of many talents and tastes. If you haven’t already stumbled across his Guardian food column or book, Sound Bites: Eating on Tour with Franz Ferdinand, you may be surprised to learn that he is an elegantly poetic and engaging writer, and on evidence of his readings and my recent interview with him, he’s also an excellent storyteller. And if that wasn’t enough, he has an insatiable interest in global sounds – a veritable 21st-century Renaissance Man.

Despite his deceivingly fair complexion, Kapranos is half Greek and grew up feeling connected to his father’s Mediterranean roots. “I’m in a funny situation because I feel very attached to my Greek heritage but I don’t speak Greek myself and so this music is really key for me to connecting with that side of my background and personality.” The music he is referring to here is rebetika, the urban music born of the lower classes, particularly of Greek gangsters, in the 1920s and 30s.

One of the tracks chosen was The Ogyatanaa Show Band’s ‘Disco Africa’. To read the full interview and find out which tracks Alex chose, pick up a copy of the latest issue.

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New issue preview: June (#108)

Posted on April 24th, 2015 in News, Recent posts by .


A Polar Storm; Canada’s most famous Inuit throat singer, Tanya Tagaq, has been stunning audiences since first collaborating with Björk. We talk to the controversial figure on her revolutionary ideals.

Other features include this year’s Songlines Music Awards winners, our annual guide to the best music festivals around the world, a Beginner’s Guide to Boubacar Traoré, plus nearly one hundred of the latest CD, book and world cinema reviews.

The issue’s Top of the World covermount CD includes brand new tracks from Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni ba, Lau and Gisela João, plus a playlist from Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos, who gets stuck into some rebetikacumbia and African disco.

On sale in the UK from May 1. Click here to purchase your copy now.

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