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Exclusive Trailer Premiere: On Mass 2017

Posted on September 22nd, 2017 in Recent posts by .


Photo by Sonia and Mauro

On November 12 the Roundhouse, Camden will host an evening of spectacular music making and collaboration, this year led by global star Angélique Kidjo

Following a hugely successful 2015 edition with Jamie Cullum, the Roundhouse will once again be taken over this autumn by a range of talented, emerging artists from across the globe. Part of the EFG London Jazz Festival, a variety of musical genres and styles will be fused with circus dramatics, with performers from as far afield as the Faroe Islands, Palestine, India and Brazil joining this hugely popular London event.

At the heart of this year’s project and joining the artists on stage will be three-time Grammy Award-winning, politically engaged, Beninese singer and global star Angélique Kidjo (pictured). She has produced an exclusive track for the project, which each participating group will be given to redefine in their own interpretation, culminating in a live collaborative performance at the Roundhouse in November.

Other artists set to perform include: Kinetika Bloco, Roundhouse Choir, Roundhouse Music Collective and Roundhouse Audio Collectives, Breakin’ Convention (Sadler’s Wells), Battersea Art Centres Beat Box Academy and Roundhouse Street Circus Collective.


Here is the 2017 On Mass trailer, in a Songlines exclusive.


Tickets are available here
Songlines readers can get an early bird discount on tickets and save £7 on standing tickets by quoting the code SONGLINES, via the Roundhouse website. The offer is valid until September 30 and is applicable for standing tickets only. Tickets normally £15.


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Voices of Africa

Posted on April 5th, 2017 in Features, Recent posts by .


The cover of the May 2017 issue of Songlines (#127) is graced by Oumou Sangaré, the Malian superstar who has returned with her first album in eight years and speaks to Pierre Cuny about returning to the recording studio and the themes that inspire her songs. To celebrate the latest issue, we’ve produced this special online focus featuring interviews with just a few of the most exciting African female singers today – including Lura (pictured) – drawn from the Songlines archive, which you can explore below…



Alexandra Petropoulos speaks to Gambian kora player and singer Sona Jobarteh about the musical journey that has taken her through traditional griot music and Western classical performance, and how it led to the creation of her country’s first school dedicated to Mande music. (Photo by Mateusz Bral)

Sona Jobarteh: Modern Griot



The Cape Verdean singer Lura talks to Daniel Brown about her heritage, Cesaria’s legacy and why she’s a responsible rebel. (Photo by N’Krumah Lawson-Daku)

Lura: Cape Verde’s First Lady



From Adam and Eve to empowering women across the world – there’s not much that Angélique Kidjo doesn’t have an opinion about. Jane Cornwell meets to the irrepressible singer

Angélique Kidjo: the indomitable spirit of Africa



Nigel Williamson speaks to the Malian singer about her career, which has been dedicated to offering African women a voice and correcting gender inequalities

Oumou Sangaré: a beginner’s guide



Fatoumata Diawara is the latest rising Malian singing star. She chats to Rose Skelton and explains about how she found her voice. (Photo by Youri Lenquette)

Fatoumata Diawara: “my voice was my first companion”



Robin Denselow speaks to singer Noura Mint Seymali about how she’s helping Mauritanian music to evolve, and introducing international audiences to its rich tradition

Noura Mint Seymali: the modern voice of Mauritania



The bright star rising from West Africa in the form of Noura Mint Seymali is just one of the continent’s long and impressive list of women singers. Nigel Williamson picks ten favourite albums

Songlines Essential 10: African Queens

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New Apple Music playlist: African Queens

Posted on September 30th, 2016 in Features, Recent posts by .


The late, great Miriam Makeba was universally known as ‘Mama Africa’ for both the warmth of her music and her courage and resilience in the face of adversity. An iconic figurehead for African womanhood, she rightly kicks off this playlist of divas and songbirds who have followed in her formidable footsteps, drawn from every music-rich corner of the African continent. Playlist by Nigel Williamson for Songlines. (Photo of Angelique Kidjo by Gilles Marie Zimmerman).

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Angélique Kidjo to perform at VSO’s Christmas Carol Concert

Posted on November 4th, 2015 in News by .


Angélique Kidjo comes to London for the holidays

Christmas in London will get a blast of tropical heat in the form of Africa’s premier diva, Angélique Kidjo when she performs at the VSO Christmas Carol Concert. Songlines’ Best Artist and two-time Grammy-award winning Angélique, known for songs like ‘Afirika’, will be accompanied by the talented Inner Voices youth chamber choir. Other performers include Indian violinist Jyotsna Srikanth and the City of London Choir conducted by Hilary Davan Wetton. “I can’t wait to sing in this magical setting at such a special time of year. I’ve seen how volunteers change people’s lives around the world so it’s an honour to support VSO’s work,” said Kidjo.

The concert will take place at the Methodist Central Hall in Westminster, London on Thursday December 10. Tickets are now on sale from £15 and can be booked via Ticketsource or by calling 0333 666 3366. For more details about the concert, please visit


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