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WOMAD Charlton Park 2017: Thursday

Posted on July 28th, 2017 in Live, Recent posts by .

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Photography by Tom Askew-Miller

After months of feverish excitement and anticipation, the 35th edition of WOMAD is off to a great start with Bixiga 70 and Orchestra Baobab

Kicking off proceedings in usual WOMAD tradition were the Malmesbury School Project – a group of local students who were joined by Sheelanagig on the Open Air Stage.

Following this, it was a quick dash over to the Big Red Tent to catch São Paulo big band Bixiga 70 who put on a terrific show. Their high-energy, big, bold brass sound went down a storm with the enthusiastic crowd clearly eager to get into festival party mode. It didn’t take long before they were doing a Brazilian style conga around the packed tent. Bixiga’s funky, highly danceable version of Afrobeat has a very particular Brazilian flavour to it, augmented by a superb duo of percussionists who almost stole the show with a blistering solo. The ten-piece band graciously gave fellow Brazilian group Metá Metá a plug – they’ll be performing later on today in the Big Red Tent.

An altogether more laid-back but charming performance from the Senegalese veterans Orchestra Baobab – the ideal mellow Thursday night closer.

Orchestra Baobab WOMAD

Things crank up considerably on Friday with a ridiculously full-on programme. Top of the list to check out are this month’s Songlines coverstar, Alsarah, who will be performing with her band the Nubatones on the Ecotricity stage. Unfortunately roots reggae group Inna de Yard were unable to secure visas in time for their performance on Friday, but their spot will be deftly filled by the ever-excellent Dele Sosimi.

Here’s hoping the weather behaves…

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New issue (July 2016) on sale now!

Posted on June 10th, 2016 in News, Recent posts by .

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Balkan brass band Fanfare Ciocărlia; Brazilian big band Bixiga 70; Afro Celt Sound System; Damon Albarn’s Africa Express reunite the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians

The July (#119) edition is on sale in the UK from today. The free exclusive 15-track covermount CD features ten tracks from our latest Top of the World albums and a guest playlist by British singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae.

Featured on the Top of the World CD are new tracks from South African guitarist Derek Gripper, Estonian fiddle player and singer Maarja Nuut, and London-based fusion band Melt Yourself Down.

Fanfare Ciocarlia Songlines

Fanfare Ciocărlia – The Romanian Gypsy group chat to us as they celebrate 20 years in the music business
Bixiga 70 – The Brazilian band discuss their signature big brass sound
Afro Celt Sound System – The Celtic fusion group speak about their much-lauded return
Damon Albarn and the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians – We talk to Damon Albarn and the leader of the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians, Issam Rafea, about their series of momentous concerts across Europe
World Music Meets Early Music – Finding the space where these two worlds of music meet

Calypso Rose Songlines

Calypso Rose – A Beginner’s Guide to the septuagenarian queen of calypso’s remarkable career
Corinne Bailey Rae – A playlist and interview with the British singer-songwriter, who talks about her journey to rediscover happiness and the music she found along the way
Les Amazones d’Afrique – Daniel Brown reports on the all-female collection of singers from West Africa who have joined forces to empower women and change male attitudes

PLUS! Reviews of the latest CD, book and world cinema releases.

Click here to buy the new issue.

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Next issue preview: July (#119)

Posted on May 27th, 2016 in News, Recent posts by .

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A Life of Flowers; Romanian Gypsy group Fanfare Ciocărlia chat to Songlines as they celebrate 20 years in the music business

Other features include Brazilian band Bixiga 70 who discuss their signature big brass sound; Afro Celt Sound System speak to the magazine about their much-lauded return; we talk to Damon Albarn and Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music leader Issam Rafea about their series of upcoming collaborative concerts; plus the latest CD, book and world cinema reviews to get stuck into.

The issue’s Top of the World covermount CD includes brand new tracks from American multi-instrumentalist Leyla McCalla, North Estonian fiddler and singer Maarja Nuut and South African guitarist Derek Gripper, plus an exclusive playlist from British singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae, who talks about her journey to rediscover happiness and the music she found along the way.

The issue is on sale in the UK from June 10. Click here to purchase your copy now.

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Bixiga 70 reveal new video

Posted on October 2nd, 2015 in Recent posts by .

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Sao Paulo based group Bixiga 70 reveal new video to accompany new track ‘100% 13’

Brazilian music has always been at least half African, and the Brazilian Afrobeat band Bixiga 70 – along with many of their contemporaries – continue to re-examine Brazil’s musical relationship to Africa.

Hot on the heels of the release of III on Glitterbeat Records, Bixiga 70 have released a video for ‘100% 13’, capturing the notoriously raucous live environment of their shows.

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