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Now listen to this… Bombino, Maarja Nuut and Sona Jobarteh

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 in Features, Recent posts by .

Songlines Playlist

Here at Songlines Towers we’re always on the lookout for the most exciting music from around the world. Check out our playlist of tracks that we’ve been listening to.

Maarja Nuut – ‘Hobusemäng’
North Estonian fiddler and singer Maarja Nuut has finished work on her new album Une Meeles, which will be released on June 3. ‘Hobusemäng’ is the second track from the long-awaited album.


Sona Jobarteh – ‘Gambia’
This is the latest track from Gambian kora player Sona Jobarteh. There’s a new album out later this year and she’s been hard at work setting up the Gambia’s first Mande music school. Read more in next issue (June 2016, #118) on sale May 6.


Midnight Groovers – ‘O Ti Yo’
This track by the Dominican kadans (cadence rampa) band is from the Sofrito: International Soundclash compilation from 2012. It is a perfect track for any summer playlist, and Sofrito are celebrating their 10th anniversary this month.


Bombino – ‘Akhar Zaman’
This track is the first on Nigerien guitarist Bombino’s latest album Azel. Here’s a recent performance of the song in a studio session.

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New issue (May 2016) on sale now!

Posted on April 1st, 2016 in Features, Recent posts by .


Nigerien guitarist Bombino; Topic Records’ The Voice of the People compiler Reg Hall; archivist Christopher King; South African guitarist Derek Gripper; and the Songlines Music Awards nominations

The May (#117) 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 French composer and musician Yann Tiersen.

This issue also includes a bonus CD featuring some of the acts to perform at the biennial Yorkshire Festival, which returns to the county in June.

Featured on the Top of the World CD are new tracks from Konono No 1 & Batida, Argentinian nu cumbia singer La Yegros and Orcadian singer-songwriter and guitarist Kris Drever.



Bombino – We talk to the singer and guitarist about his musical journey and developing his very own ‘Tuareggae’ style
Reg Hall – Topic Records’ Voice of the People series compiler talks about traditional Irish music in London
Christopher King – We look at the archivist’s latest collection of previously unheard recordings from Greece;
Derek Gripper – Simon Broughton talks to the South African guitarist on his first visit to Mali
Songlines Music Awards – We reveal this year’s nominees.



The Rustavi Choir – A Beginner’s Guide to the polyphonic singing from the Georgian ensemble soon to perform in the UK.
Yann Tiersen – A playlist and interview with the French composer and musician, who discusses his Breton roots and how the natural world is the inspiration behind his current project.
Reem Kelani – We catch up with the Palestinian singer and discuss her remarkable live performances.

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: May (#117)

Posted on March 17th, 2016 in News, Recent posts by .

May Issue

A Touareg Life: Songlines chats to the Nigerien guitarist Bombino about his musical journey, which led to developing his very own ‘Tuareggae’ style

Other features include Reg Hall, compiler of Topic Records’ The Voice of the People series, who talks about the migration of traditional music from Ireland to England; we reveal the nominees of this year’s Songlines Music Awards; we look at archivist Christopher King’s latest collection of previously unheard recordings from Greece; Simon Broughton talks to South African guitarist Derek Gripper; 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 Konono No 1 & Batida, La Yegros and Lakou Mizik, plus an exclusive playlist from French composer and musician Yann Tiersen, who talks about his Breton roots and how the natural world is the inspiration behind his current project.

This issue also includes a bonus CD including some of the finest acts to perform at the thrilling Yorkshire Festival, which returns to the county in June.

The issue is on sale in the UK from April 1. Click here to purchase your copy now.

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Record Store Day 2014: Our Recommendations

Posted on April 17th, 2014 in News, Recent posts by .


Record Store Day takes place this Saturday; the seventh celebration of the treasured medium and independent sector. There are hundreds of exclusive CD and vinyl releases on offer, so we’ve whittled down the list to bring you our top ten recommendations.

Releases are full-length LPs unless noted otherwise.

Quantic – You Will Return ft Alice Russell (7”) on Tru Thoughts
The Brighton-based label release this exclusive full-colour 7” edit from producer Will Holland and soul-singer Alice Russell. It’s over 8 minutes of summertime perfection.


Various Artists – Adaptations EP (12”) on Black Acre
Airhorns at the ready. Bristol-based Black Acre showcase some of the talent on this burgeoning label, coupled with some of the best artwork you’ll come across this Saturday.


Bombino – Agamgam on Glitterbeat
Glitterbeat’s first ever Record Store Day offering sees the limited release of the Touareg star’s debut album. Only one per customer, so make sure you get there first.


Criolo – Duas de Cinco + Cóccix-ência (10”) on Sterns Music
Sterns are releasing a limited amount of 10”  vinyl editions of these tracks from the Brazilian MC.


Various Artists – A Rough Guide to Psychedelic Bollywood on World Music Network
The big names of Bollywood’s golden age – singers like Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle and Mohammed Rafi – all appear on this magnificent compilation.


Various Artists – Pop Yeh Yeh: Psychedelic Rock from Singapore & Malaysia 1964-1970 (2LP) on Sublime Frequencies
The Seattle-based label releases swinging groove sensations from the East. This collection lifts the lid on a little-known culture that was just as significant in the East as its counterpart in the West.


Fela Kuti and his Koola Lobitos – Se E Tun De/ Waka Waka (7”) on Knitting Factory Records.
Following on from last year’s Felabrations on what would’ve been Fela’s 75th year, Knitting Factory release this rare limited edition 7”.


Gilles Peterson & Sonzeira – Southern Freeez (7”) on Talkin’ Loud
6Music’s Peterson has produced a bossa nova reworking of the 1981 hit with collective Sonzeira, taken from the upcoming new album Brasil Bam Bam Bam – an incredible journey through the different flavours of authentic Brazilian music culture. Read more about the new album in issue #101 (on sale June 6).


Nuba Nour – Dessy Lemon/Ready for Drowning (7”) on 30IPS
From the Nubian percussionists, the 7” will include A-side ‘Dessy Lemon’ and a re-imagining of the Manic Street Preacher’s ‘Ready for Drowning’, which is sure to add a vibrant Nubian twist to the 1998 hit.


Various Artists – Africa Express Presents: Maison Des Jeunes (2LP) on Transgressive Records
Recorded in Bamako, this inventive project curated by Damon Albarn throws together some of the best in African and Western rock musicians.

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