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Album Review | Top of the World | Dele Sosimi – You No Fit Touch Am

Posted on June 23rd, 2015 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

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Words by Jane Cornwell

CD027 coverAfrobeat will never die so long as Dele’s around

There is Femi and Seun Kuti, of course, and the ever-dextrous iconic Tony Allen, who guests hither and yon. But nobody is keeping Fela’s Afrobeat flag flying as proudly as Dele Sosimi: composer, keyboard player, bandleader and wearer of some of the finest Abeti Aja dog-ear caps in the world. He was bandleader of Fela Kuti’s Egypt 80, co-creator of the Positive Force band with Femi, musical consultant for the UK version of the musical FELA! and is host of the long-running bi-monthly Afrobeat Vibration night in London: Sosimi must hear funky horns in his sleep. And while his first two solo albums, 2002’s Turbulent Times and 2011’s Identity deftly reinvigorated Fela’s Afrobeat template, it’s his third album, You No Fit Touch Am, that really establishes Dele as a force to be reckoned with.

Polished but pulsing with anger, this captures all the verve and spark of the Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra, whose key members – bass guitarist Femi Elias, drummer Kunle Olofinjana, and horn players Justin Thurgur, Eric Rohner and Tamar Osborn – are in fine form throughout a disc that eschews Dele’s previous digital approaches for analogue organics. ‘Na My Turn’ and ‘Sanctuary’ are laced with Dele’s catchiest vocal melodies yet; ‘Where We Want Be’ includes a fabulously psychedelic Moog synth excursion. Throughout, the basslines and baritone sax are heavy, heavy, heavy.

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October 2014: Top 10 UK Live Events

Posted on October 1st, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .

With post-summer blues setting in, here’s our guide to the top 10 gigs in October to reinvigorate you with a list of the best concerts happening this month!

Faustus

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Faustus will tour the entire breadth of the country this October on a mammoth 16-date tour. The trio – consisting of melodeon player and singer Saul Rose, and Benji Kirkpatrick (Bellowhead) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead) – released their sophomore album Broken Down Gentlemen last year to great acclaim, and are a strong force in the British folk scene, with an impetus on bringing freshness and vigour to the idiom.

Where & When: Across the UK, October 2-29 More info

 

While and Matthews

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This October sees Chris While and Julie Matthews set off on their 20th anniversary tour to celebrate their illustrious career, which has seen them release ten albums and tour across the world.

Where & When: Across the UK, October 3-November 26 More info

 

Anoushka Shankar with Tanmoy Bose, Pirashanna Thevarajah, Sanjeev Shankar, & Kenji Ota

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Following the wonderful news that Anoushka Shankar will be expecting her second born in the next few months, this is now her only remaining UK date this autumn, so be sure not to miss out! She is joined by a star-studded line-up including tabla maestro Tanmoy Bose, multi-percussionist Pirashanna Thevarajah, shehnai player Sanjeev Shankar, and sitar player Kenji Ota.

Where & When: Sam Wannamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, London, October 4 More info.

 

Dobet Gnahoré

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The Grammy-winning songstress from the Ivory Coast will grace our shores for seven dates this October. As part of the Na Dre Dance Tour she will be joined by a full band and a cast of contemporary African dancers. The Rich Mix event – October 10 – will also play host to a DJ set from African Night Fever.

Where & When: Across the UK, October 8-15 More info.

 

Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra

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One of the busiest and hard-working Afrobeat ambassadors will take the stage for a concert at the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room as part of Songlines Presents this October. Dele was a co-founder of Postive Force with Femi Kuti, and was also one of the youngest players in Fela Kuti’Egypt 80. He is renowned for his marathon-length shows that he delivers every few months at the New Empowering Church in Hackney, and expect the energy levels to be just as high in this intimate setting. 

Where & When: Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, October 11 More info

 

Musicport Festival

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An all-star cast will once again descend upon Whitby for a weekend of fantastic music at the Whitby Pavilion. The winner of the 2013 Fatea award for Best Indoor Festival in has a stellar line-up stretched across the three days. Friday sees an upbeat showing with Yaaba Funk headlining and support from Idlewild and Leeds based power-klezmer group Tantz. Saturday’s bill is topped by Lo’Jo, while Sunday’s impressive cast – including performances from The Crazy World of Arthur Brown and O’Hooley and Tidow – is headed up by the wonderful duo of Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita (pictured).

Where & When: Whitby Pavilion, Whitby, October 17-19 More info

 

Balkan Beat Box & Dub Inc

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New-York natives Balkan Beat Box take their exhilarating live show to London’s KOKO this October. Their combination of hip-hop, klezmer, reggae and Middle Eastern music is underpinned by a frenetic energy, propelled by their inimitable front man Tomer Yosef. They have support from the equally unrelenting Dub Inc.

Where & When: KOKO, London, October 22 More info

 

Mohammad-Reza Shajarian with the Shahnaz Ensemble

The incredibly talented Persian classical singer Mohammad-Reza Shajarian will play the Hammersmith Apollo at the end of October in what promises to be an incredible show. An esteemed performer in his own right, Shajarian has also collaborated with Kayhan Kalhor on the exquisite Night, Silence, Desert. He will also play Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on October 22.

Where & When: Edinburgh, October 22 More info & Hammersmith Apollo, London, October 26 More info

 

Hugh Masekela & Somi

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It’s been 55 years since Masekela formed the Jazz Epistles, along with Abdullah Ibrahim, and he’s still going strong. As one of the foremost proponents of South Africa’s jazz heritage, it’s always a big occasion when Masekela comes to town. He’ll be supported by jazz vocalist Somi, who has recently collaborated with Ibrahim Maalouf.

Where & When: Barbican Centre, London, October 27 More info

 

LIFEM 2014

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Following last year’s focus upon Finnish music, this autumn LIFEM (The London International Festival of Exploratory Music) turns its head to music from South America and Africa. Across the week there will be performances from Brazilian musicians Badi AssadGaio de Lima, Malian singer Ami Koita (read more about her in the new issue, #104 on sale Oct 10), and the acclaimed musicians Amira Kheir (Sudan) and Amadou Diagne (Senegal) [both pictured]. The final night of the festival will see the official launch of Carmen Souza’s live album Live at the Lagny Jazz Festival.

Where & When: King’s Place, London, October 29-November 1 More info

 

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Songlines Youtube Playlist #103

Posted on September 12th, 2014 in Recent posts by .

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Now that you’ve read all about the music featured in the latest issue of Songlines, don’t forget you can also watch and listen to it on our YouTube playlist, which we compile every issue for your viewing pleasure. You can find the full playlist here.

Here are a few of this issue’s highlights:

Dele Sosimi
Alexandra Petropoulos speaks to Sosimi about being the UK’s Afrobeat ambassador and carrying on Fela Kuti’s legacy.

 

20’000 Days on Earth
Film review of the pseudo-documentary about charismatic rock star Nick Cave.

 

CC Smugglers
Richie Prynne, the charming frontman of CC Smugglers, talks about how they found fame through busking.

 

Mor Karbasi
The Ladino singer chats about her three homelands: Morocco, Jerusalem and Spain.

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New issue (October, #103) on sale now!

Posted on August 29th, 2014 in Recent posts by .

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The October 2014 (#103) 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 renowned solo percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie.

Featured on the Top of the World CD are new tracks from Afrobeat pioneer Orlando Julius with The Heliocentrics and Brazilian master accordionist Richard Galliano, plus a track from Martyn Bennett’s classic album Grit that has been reissued on Real World Gold. We’ve also thrown in an 18-track bonus Polish CD for your listening pleasure.

This issue also includes…

Features 
Sahara Soul – Andy Morgan talks to the leading artists performing at this very special show coming to the Barbican on September 27, including Noura Mint Seymali, Aziza Brahim and Nabil Baly Othmani.
Nicola Benedetti – Jo Frost speaks to the classical violinist about exploring her Scottish roots and the folk tradition.
Jyoti Hegde – The world’s only female rudra veena player speaks to Jameela Siddiqi about her love affair with this Indian string instrument prior to her appearance at Darbar Festival.
Mor Karbasi  – The Ladino singer speaks to Simon Broughton about her three homelands.
Sam Sweeney – Tim Cumming talks to Bellowhead’s Sam Sweeney as he sets out to retell the incredible story of his violin steeped in history and made during World War I.

Regulars
• Beginner’s Guide to Guinean Sékouba Bambino, ahead of his appearance at the London African Music Festival in September.
• Festival Pass: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, San Francisco.
• My World: A playlist and interview with Evelyn Glennie.
• Introducing… Gisela João and CC Smugglers.
• Spotlight on Dele Sosimi.
• Quick Fire: Sam Lee, Peggy Seeger and Sheema Mukherjee.
• What’s New, including the release of Finding Fela on September 5 and the French Summer of Unrest.
• Cerys Matthews calls on all festival-goers with a craving for the good life to visit north Wales on September 20.
• Reviews of the latest CD, book and world cinema releases.

Buy the new issue here.

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