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WOMAD Charlton Park 2017: Friday

Posted on July 29th, 2017 in Live, Recent posts by .

Oumou Sangare-7

Photography by Tom Askew-Miller

Oumou Sangaré, Alsarah & the Nubatones and the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians get the party going on Friday at WOMAD Charlton Park

Saturday morning at Charlton Park, head slightly fuzzy after Friday night’s shenanigans but at least the clothes have just about dried out after the evening’s downpour. However it takes more than a bit of wet weather to dampen WOMAD festival-goers’ spirit.

Friday kicked off with members of the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians on the Open Air Stage then there was some raucous klezmer from London-based band Don Kipper – the first act on the BBC Radio 3 Charlie Gillett stage. Two recent Songlines coverstars were among the highlights of the day – Mali’s Oumou Sangaré on the Open Air Stage and Alsarah with her band the Nubatones over in the arboretum, on the Ecotricity stage. But the joy of the ever eclectic WOMAD programme is there are always random new discoveries to be made as you wander around the site.

Two acts that left a notable impression yet were completely unknown to me were The New York Theremin Society on the Bowers & Wilkins Sound System stage and the wonderfully weird but slightly bonkers Goat from Sweden in the Siam tent who definitely get the prize for best costumes and masks. And Orkesta Mendoza’s Salvador Duran wins the award for the most flamboyant maracas playing I’ve seen in a long time! The most touching moment of the day came when a longtime Songlines subscriber came to the stand, mentioned in passing to the team that the only back issue he was missing from his collection was the first issue whereby the always eager to please publisher made a quick dash to his secret stash and then presented the loyal subscriber with a pristine copy of the very same issue from 1999 – now a collector’s item. The Songlines team always aims to please!

Saturday’s weather forecast is not looking too good but at least there’s plenty of cracking music lined up. Things on the list to check out today are Colombia’s Grupo Canalón de Timbiquí, the Indian singer Parvathy Baul who is bound to entrance the crowd and festival faves and Songlines Music Award winners Afro Celt Sound System. It looks set to be another corker of a day!


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Alsarah & the Nubatones release new video and remix album

Posted on October 22nd, 2014 in News, Recent posts by .


Alsarah & the Nubatones reveal new video and a remixed version of their debut Silt (Wonderwheel Recordings) from earlier this year.

The US-based Sudanese singer’s self-proclaimed blend of ‘East African retro popwas a Top of the World selection in the July 2014 (#101) issue, following her work with The Nile Project and collaboration with Parisian producer Débruit (reviewed in #97).

Directed by Maryam Parwana (who also filmed ‘Soukura’), the new video for the traditional song ‘Habibi Taal’ was shot in Cairo and Brooklyn, in homage to their first show in the Egyptian capital.

Silt Remixed features reworkings by Boddhi Satva, Chancha Via Circuito and Clap! Clap!

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Alsarah & The Nubatones release new video

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


Words by Sydney Gore

Alsarah & The Nubatones debut the first music video from their recently released album Silt via Wonderwheel Recordings.

The track ‘Soukura’ envelops the overarching theme of memories, a commonality in Nubian songs about homecoming. Directed and edited by Maryam Parwana, the video follows Alsarah in an antiquated mansion in Bed Stuy (aka Bedford–Stuyvesant), New York. As she opens and closes doorways, forgotten memories illuminate from the windows to the walls on the full-screen.

Watch the haunting video below.

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Songlines Youtube Playlist #97

Posted on December 20th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

Now that you’ve read all about the music featured in the latest issue of Songlines (Jan/Feb 2014, #97), don’t forget you can also watch and listen to it on our YouTube playlist, which we compile every issue for your viewing pleasure. You can find the full playlist here.

Here are a few of this issue’s highlights:

Omar Souleyman
The next big thing, or is it all hype? We talk to the Syrian wedding singer who is bringing disco dabke to the trendiest corners of the world.

Alex Petropoulos speaks to the US-based singer who is poised to bring Sudanese music to a wider audience.


A Tribe Called Red
The Canadian act are part of a group of musicians breaking the country’s Aboriginal music out of the ghettos into the clubs.


Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita
The duo were named in our Best Albums of 2013 list, along with other great acts including Bassekou Kouyaté, Buika and Leyla McCalla.

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