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Introducing Songlines issue #124 (January/February 2017)

Posted on December 7th, 2016 in Features, News, Recent posts by .

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The January/February 2017 (#124) issue of Songlines is now on sale!

Our cover star is Ravi Shankar, the late Indian sitarist whose final work, Sukanya, an opera written for his wife, gets its world premiere in the UK in May 2017.

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Other features include our round-up of the Best Albums of 2016; an interview with the Pakistani qawwali group, Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali about continuing their uncle Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s legacy; Renata Rosa, the Brazilian singer and rabeca player making her UK debut in January; the Golha Project, archiving pre-revolutionary Iranian music; a Beginner’s Guide to the musical polymath, Nitin Sawhney; plus the latest CD, book and world cinema reviews. 

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The Top of the World cover CD includes Tanya Tagaq, Anda Union, musicians from The Calais Sessions, Daoirí Farrell and Le TP Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, as well as a guest playlist from the writer and Guardian columnist George Monbiot, featuring Chris Wood, Kate Rusby and Moh! Kouyaté.

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Every issue is also accompanied by an exclusive 14-track WOMADelaide 25th Anniversary sampler CD, featuring classic tracks by Rokia Traoré, Youssou N’Dour and Mariza, and many more.

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Songlines Best Albums of 2016

Posted on November 24th, 2016 in News, Recent posts, Reviews by .

Best Albums 2016

Songlines’ editors Jo Frost and Simon Broughton select their favourite albums of 2016

Jo Frost and Simon Broughton have handpicked their ten favourite albums of the year from over 700 featured reviews. These are the albums they found themselves returning to over and over, and the discs that made a lasting impression. Here are their choices for year’s greatest albums, but be sure to pick up a copy of the new issue (January/February 2017, #124), on sale December 9, for a full rundown.  

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Anda Union  – Homeland
(Hohhot Records, will be reviewed in #124)
These are distinguished songs about nature, history and identity from this nine-strong Inner Mongolian group, featuring horse head fiddles and growly throat singing.


Bollywood Brass Band & Jyotsna Srikanth – Carnatic Connection
(Bollywood Brass Band, will be reviewed in #124)
An energetic and cinematic journey south, with fuel provided by Jyotsna Srikanth’s Karnatic violin. Renditions of AR Rahman compositions appear alongside South Indian musical gems.


Calypso Rose – Far from Home
(Because Music, reviewed in #120)

With the help of Manu Chao, the Calypso queen represents her home country of Trinidad and Tobago, covering a range of social and political issues with a contemporary Caribbean flair.


Roberto Fonseca – ABUC
(Impulse!, reviewed in #123)
A raucous, dizzying journey back and forth through Fonseca’s Afro-Cuban musical heritage. An ambitious and convincing offering from the young maestro.


Derek Gripper – Libraries on Fire
(Derek Gripper, reviewed in #119)
With great aplomb, the South African takes on the compositions of the great 21-stringed kora players on his classical guitar. Gripper’s delicate transcriptions deliver beautiful results.


Kefaya – Radio International
(Radio International Records, reviewed in #122)
This debut album fizzes with the energy of the international collective’s acclaimed live shows and is hard hitting with its political commentary.


Lakou Mizik – Wa Di Yo
(Cumbancha, reviewed in #117)
Lakou Mizik’s debut is a passionate tribute to the people and culture of Haiti. Formed in the aftermath of the country’s 2010 earthquake, the collective deliver a project of celebration and hope.


Leyla McCalla – A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey
(Jazz Village, reviewed in #119)
An outstanding sophomore album from the young cellist and banjo player. Three years on from her stellar debut, McCalla once again draws from her Haitian heritage and Creole influences.


Vaudou Game – Kidayú
(Hot Casa Records, reviewed in #122)
Vaudou Game take a magpie-like approach to African music styles, uniquely blending Afrobeat, Ethio-jazz and highlife for an album that is unpredictable and fresh from start to finish.


Various Artists, featuring Musicians of the Calais ‘Jungle’ – The Calais Sessions
(Sessions of the World, will be reviewed in #124)
An extraordinarily and moving collaborative album. The resilient testament to the human spirit will reduce you to tears, but also uplift your heart.

 

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