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Tru Thoughts 18th birthday

Posted on October 10th, 2017 in Recent posts by .

Hot-8-Brass-Band-©Melissa Fargo

Melissa Fargo

Iconic music label Tru Thoughts celebrate their 18th year with an all-day event at London’s Roundhouse 

On Saturday October 21, independent music label Tru Thoughts teams up with Soundcrash and the Roundhouse in Camden to create an all-day, festival-style 18th birthday celebration. Set to be the biggest event in the label’s impressive history, the day will feature headline sets from Tru Thoughts artists Hot 8 Brass Band (pictured), Quantic (DJ set), Alice Russell and Rodney P, along with a craft beer festival, pop-up food vendors and a vinyl market.

Performing across three stages, artists set to appear at the event include

Quantic (DJ set)
Hot 8 Brass Band
Alice Russell
Rodney P
Wrongtom Meets the Ragga Twins
Nostalgia 77 (DJ Set)
Belleruche (DJ Modest Set)
Bryony Jarman-Pinto
TM Juke (DJ Set)
Robert Luis (Tru Thoughts A&R)

Tru Thoughts fans can also celebrate in the label’s hometown of Brighton on Wednesday October 18. For more information and to buy tickets for Brighton, click here, and for London, click here. 

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WOMAD Charlton Park 2014: First acts announced

Posted on February 27th, 2014 in Recent posts by .


Nitin Sawhney, Mulatu Astatke, Alice Russell, Goran Bregović, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Bassekou Kouyaté will all be heading to Wiltshire this summer for this year’s WOMAD Charlton Park festival (July 24-27).

Indisputably the daddy of all world music festivals, WOMAD now exists in a variety of global incarnations, from Russia’s Mount Mashuk to Adelaide, yet there is always something special about returning to Wiltshire’s beautiful Charlton Park.

WOMAD will showcase the incredible voice of British soul singer Alice Russell, after having had to withdraw from last year’s festival. Nitin Sawhney will perform a live incarnation of his Top of the World album OneZero, a cut-straight-to-vinyl retrospective that revisited key moments from his extensive back catalogue.

Festival favourites Fat Freddy’s Drop will arrive from New Zealand, while Goran Bregović and his Gypsy brass band, Wedding & Funeral Orchestra, fly in from the Balkans. Africa is always well represented at WOMAD, and this year is no exception, with Bassekou Kouyaté, Mulatu Astake, Songlines Music Awards 2012 Newcomer award winner Fatoumata Diawara (with Roberto Fonseca) and veteran Zimbabwean Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi all set to perform.

For the full list of acts so far announced and to purchase tickets visit



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Further acts added to WOMAD Charlton Park line-up

Posted on April 12th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

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Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Toots & the Maytals and Carminho added to bill

WOMAD Charlton Park is back this summer from July 25-28. The first acts announced last month included Rokia Traoré, Gilberto Gil and Ondatrópica, and today’s announcement sees Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Toots & the Maytals and Carminho join what is shaking up to be one of the strongest WOMAD line-ups to date.

Festivals are very much the talk of the town at the moment at Songlines HQ, with our definitive festival guide appearing in the next issue (June 2013, #92) on sale in the UK on April 26. The Songlines team will tenting it at WOMAD once again this year, so pop by and say hello. You can buy a discounted Songlines subscription with a weekend ticket here.

To purchase tickets or to find out more information (including our Songlines subscription/weekend ticket offer) please visit the WOMAD UK website.

Further confirmed WOMAD Charlton Park 2013 acts:

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Nigeria)
Toots & the Maytals (Jamaica)
The Heavy (UK)
Parov Stelar Band (Austria)
Adjágas (Norway)
Bombay Royale (Australia/India) 
Carminho (Portugal)
Christine Salem (Réunion)
Dizu Plaatjies and the Ibuyambo Ensemble (South Africa)
Flavia Coelho (Brazil)
Hidden Orchestra (UK)
Jesca Hoop (USA)
Katy Carr & The Aviators (UK)
Mohammad Reza Mortazavi (Iran)
Spoek (South Africa)
Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys (USA)
YesKing (UK)
Fimber Bravo (Trinidad)
Iadoni (Georgia)
Malouma (Mauritania)
Riot Jazz Brass Band (UK) 

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First acts announced for WOMAD Charlton Park 2013

Posted on February 27th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

(photograph by Suzie M Blake)

Gilberto Gil, Rokia Traoré and Alice Russell amongst first acts confirmed

WOMAD Charlton Park once again this summer on July 25-28. WOMAD’s philosophy is to expose audiences to unheard sounds from around the globe, and this year’s line-up certainly confirms that trend.

Alongside the big names – Gilberto Gil, Rokia Traoré and Alice Russell – other acts will include David Rodigan MBE, Sam Lee & Friends, Ondatrópica, Tamikrest, Mokoomba, Asif Ali Khan and Fanfare Ciocarlia.

The year’s festival season is very much the talk of the Songlines office at the moment, and we look forward to seeing you all at WOMAD Charlton Park for what promises be one of the best yet. You can buy a discounted Songlines subscription with a weekend ticket here.

To purchase tickets or to find out more information (including our Songlines subscription/weekend ticket offer) please visit the WOMAD UK website.

Confirmed artists for WOMAD Charlton Park 2013:

Rokia Traoré (Mali) 

With a new album out April, the Malian singer continues to be at the forefront of defending women’s rights around the world and publicising the continuing critical situation in her place of birth. Rokia looks very much set to make her mark on the UK festival scene this summer. (photo by Franck Socha)








Gilberto Gil (Brazil)  

A key figure of Brazil’s tropicália movement in the late 60s when his songs of protest and dissent were aimed squarely at the military junta then controlling the country.







Alice Russell (UK)

Highly acclaimed Brighton-based soul singer who has worked with the likes of David Byrne, Will ‘Quantic’ Holland and Fatboy Slim.








David Rodigan
 MBE (UK) The legendary sexagenarian Englishman whose DJ selections have secured him victories against the top DJs in Jamaica in live soundclashes.

Asif Ali Khan (Pakistan) The star pupil of – and successor to – the great qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

Bwani Junction (UK) Sharply alert indie-pop and shimmering African guitars mark out this four-piece as the Caledonian answer to Vampire Weekend.

Canzoniere Grencanico Salentino (Italy) Leading traditional music ensemble with CV that includes playing with Ballaké Sissoko, Ludovico Einaudi and Stewart Copeland. 

David Wax Museum (USA) Top-notch Mexican-flavoured Americana.

Debapriya and Samanwaya (India) Sitar mastery from these two young players.

Dub Inc (France) Sunshine grooves from this reggae/dub outfit from St Etienne.

Emel Mathlouthi (Tunisia) Haunting singer occupying the (admittedly broad) territory between Joan Baez and Portishead’s Beth Gibbons.

Fanfare Ciocarlia (Romania) The party-starting massed Gypsy horns who’ve even known to slip a Duke Ellington tune or two into their repertoire.

Fredy Massamba (Congo) Super-slick Afro-soul straight from the streets of Congo-Brazzaville, via Belgium.

Gocoo (Japan) Elemental 11-piece (seven women, four men) taiko drum ensemble.

Huun Huur Tu (Russia) With more than 20 years of live shows under their belts, these Tuvans remain the masters of the beguiling tradition of dual-note throat singing.

Jagwa Music (Tanzania) Frenetic band who hit hard with the new, gritty sound of the city, delivered through homespun percussion and a battered vintage Casio keyboard.

Kissmet (UK/India) Magical meeting of bhangra and rock.

Le Vent du Nord (Québec) Flamboyant protectors of Québécois folk music traditions.

Lévon Minassian (Armenia) The undisputed star of the doudouk and previous Peter Gabriel collaborator.

Mala in Cuba (UK) The dubstep don takes the album made in Cuba with Gilles Peterson into the live arena.

Malawi Mouse Boys (Malawi) When they’re not playing their delightfully chiming acoustic songs, they can be found selling barbecued mouse-on-a-stick to passing drivers.

Mokoomba (Zimbabwe) The local meets the global, as the music of Zimbabwe’s Tonga people is further flavoured by occasional forays into rap and reggae.

Nano Stern (Chile) Young singer-songwriter with stirring set of protest songs.

Ondatrópica (Colombia) All-star aggregation of young and old Medellin musicians, co-conceived by Will ‘Quantic’ Holland.

Osibisa (Ghana/Antigua/Jamaica/USA) Sunshine grooves from reconvened Afro-rock veterans.

Sam Lee & Friends (UK) Mercury-nominated folk singer and song collector continues his quest to guide the tradition into the 21st century.

Schlachthofbronx (Germany) Bottom-end worshipping Bavarian bassheads brew up dancehall, dub, techno, baile funk and kwaito.

Syd Arthur (UK) Young folky psychedelicists whose mesmerising songs channel the ghost of the recently departed Kevin Ayers.

Tamikrest (Mali) The songs of these desert bluesmen will carry even more gravity and significance following the events of the last few months in northern and central Mali.

Urna & Kroke (Mongolia/Poland) Polish band Kroke (a favourite of the late DJ Charlie Gillett) in collaboration with the strikingly voiced Mongolian singer Urna.


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