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Top of the World albums: Songlines #126 (April 2017)

Posted on March 1st, 2017 in Features, Recent posts by .

Here is our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the April issue of Songlines. Tracks from each of these albums are included on the free cover-CD with issue #126.

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Out Here Records
Luyando is a triumphant return from Zimbabwe’s favourite young band, full of slick vocal harmonies and catchy rhythms. The songs reflect the traditions and their roots in Tonga life.
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Inna de Yard
The Soul of Jamaica
Chapter Two Records
Stripped down, roots reggae, featuring booming hand drums, muted trumpets, mellow guitar and soulful vocals.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify



Bargou 08
A no-nonsense electro-acoustic album recorded in a remote region of north-west Tunisia, known as the Bargou valley.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify



Maria Pomianowska
The Voice of Suka
For Tune
A beautiful and inventive album of Polish suka (fiddle) playing by a renowned collaborator. This lyrical composition is underpinned by vari-pitched drumming and wordless vocals.



Rhiannon Giddens
Freedom Highway
Nonesuch Records
This album strives to join the dots between slave narratives, the Civil Rights era and today’s Black Lives Matter movement.
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La Mambanegra
El Callegüeso y Su Mala Maña
Movimientos Records 
Some of the most raw, passionate and visceral salsa being made anywhere in the world, featuring a tight and funky brass section, and led by vocalist and veritable engine-room Jacobo Vélez.



Tules Maas Vedes Taivaal
Bafe’s Factory
The debut from four highly versatile Finnish vocalists. Through beatboxing, singing, sighing and other vocal effects, they have created an album comprised entirely of vocal sounds.
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Omar Puente
Best Foot Forward
OP Records
A varied and compelling album. Puente’s electric violin is enhanced by his multi-national sextet, creating a jazzy fusion imbued with a range of cultural influences.
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Debashish Bhattacharya
Hawaii to Calcutta: A Tribute to Tau Moe
Riverboat Records
An endearing album mixing classics popularised by Tau Moe with Bhattacharya’s own compositions.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify



Warsaw Village Band
Sun Celebration
Jaro Medien
Global trance music with lyrical inspiration drawn from Poland’s oldest folkloric song material. The group’s signature massed vocals form the base of this texturely packed record.
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Pick up the April issue of Songlines to enjoy our Top of the World cover-CD, which contains tracks from each of the albums above. To find out more about subscribing to Songlines, visit:

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Royal Albert Hall and Songlines present Debashish Bhattacharya

Posted on June 1st, 2016 in Live, Recent posts by .

Debashish Bhattacharya Royal Albert Hall

Debashish Bhattacharya to perform at the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room on October 2

Pioneering Indian slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya’s interest in music began from a very early age, picking up his first guitar at the age of three and performing for the first time on Indian radio just a year later. In the present day he is known as one of the country’s greatest musicians.

His innovative compositions and distinctive guitar style have earned him global recognition, with his 2009 album Calcutta Chronicles gaining a Grammy Award nomination. He has also just won the Asia & South Pacific category in this year’s Songlines Music Awards.

On October 2, the Royal Albert Hall’s intimate Elgar Room will stage a very special performance from Debashish, presented in association with Songlines.

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Songhoy Blues and Sam Lee & Friends to perform at Songlines Music Awards Winners’ Concert

Posted on May 25th, 2016 in News, Recent posts by .


Songhoy Blues and Sam Lee & Friends have been added to the Songlines Music Awards Winners’ Concert line-up

The 2016 Songlines Music Awards Winners’ Concert will be held at the Barbican on October 3, and celebrates the variety of musical talents highlighted in Songlines magazine.

Malian desert blues band Songhoy Blues and folk singer-songwriter and co, Sam Lee & Friends, join fado singer Mariza and Indian classical guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya on the evening’s bill. 

Songhoy-Blues-©Andy-Morgan-FreeSonghoy Blues’ impressive and adventurous debut, Music in Exile, was released last year on Transgressive Records. The music showcased the band’s raw and rocking sound, and highlighted them as one of Mali’s most exciting musical exports of recent times. They won the Newcomer category in this year’s Songlines Music Awards.


Folk troubadour Sam Lee has rambled far and wide across the nation, learning the songs of Travellers and Gypsies, absorbing plenty of stories along the way. He brought these stories to light on The Fade in Time, and with his band provided a bold musical backdrop to tell them against. He won the Europe category in this year’s Songlines Music Awards.

Votes for the awards came in from readers, contributors and the general public. View the full list of winners here.

Tickets are available on the Barbican’s official website.

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Top of the World: Debashish Bhattacharya – Beyond the Ragasphere

Posted on June 2nd, 2013 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

Words by Rolf Killius

Celestial Indian jazz

Whoever still thinks of ‘fusion’ in the context of Indian music as a term of abuse will have to change their opinion after listening to this varied and gripping album. Try, for instance, track seven, set to the North Indian ‘Raga Pillu’, which shows an exciting interplay between two slide-guitar players representing different musical cultures: the Kolkata-based Debashish Bhattacharya, trained in North Indian Hindustani art music, also the composer of this album, and the American bluegrass player Jerry Douglas. This dance-like piece expresses indeed the meaning of this raga: love, joy and happiness. As does the whole album, in fact.

On one 16-minute track Bhattacharya interacts with the jazz-rock legend John McLaughlin. In a transoceanic collaboration, the 70-year-old jazz veteran demonstrates his deep knowledge of Indian melodic structure and jazz improvisation while Bhattacharya adds his intricate slide-guitar lines. Mainak Nag Chowdhury – probably the best Indian bassist there is – and Jeff Sipe on drums add a more funky nuance to the guitar playing. There are two teardrops only: one might wish for more in-depth and lengthy interactions between the Bengali slide-guitar player and some of his international guests. Also, the voices singing above the instrumental pieces remind you too often of several Indian recordings wherein temple chanting meets cheesy pop.

TRACK TO TRY: JD2 Pillusion

(On Riverboat Records)

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