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

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


Sahara Soul, Nicola Benedetti and Sam Sweeney

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…

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.

• 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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Live | Songlines Presents Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra, Oct 11

Posted on August 14th, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .


Photography by Urban Lights

Songlines presents Dele Sosimi and his Afrobeat Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room on Saturday, October 11

Dele Sosimi has had his hands in Afrobeat from a young age – at just 16 years old he joined Fela Kuti’s Egypt 80 band in Nigeria. After moving to London in 1995, he’s become the UK’s Afrobeat ambassador. 

This show follows on from the sold-out Songlines presents concert at the Elgar Room, featuring Antonio Forcione, in November 2013. At this year’s concert, Dele will be supported by Simo Lagnawi, the UK’s leading gimbri player and Gnawa master.

Find out more about Dele Sosimi or buy tickets here

Highlights from Dele’s performance at Sundance London Festival:

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Live Review | Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Vibration, May 31

Posted on June 2nd, 2014 in Live, Recent posts, Reviews by .


Saturday May 31 saw Afrobeat legend Dele Sosimi command proceedings for a blistering four-hour set at the New Empowering Church in Hackney.

The evening opened with a DJ set from Koichi Sakai – the resident DJ for Afrobeat Vibration – which set the vibe for what was to come. As the clock struck midnight one wondered whether the orchestra were ever to set foot on the stage, however, when they did, they blew the house down.

The Afrobeat Orchestra consisted of a full horn section, guitars, bass and an incredible percussion ensemble, with the wonderful talent of Brian Taylor playing the chekeré with consummate ease before moving onto the congas as the evening drew on. Dele Sosimi (pictured) commanded the stage throughout, as they moved through pieces from his own repertoire stretching from his early solo releases Turbulent Times and Identity moving right through to new tracks from last year’s release TMI (Too Much Information). As one would expect from the legendary keyboardist for Fela Kuti in his Egypt 70 band, Sosimi payed homage to his bandleader, including a breathtaking 20-minute rendition of ‘Lady’ from the seminal Fela album Shakara from 1972. The Afrobeat Orchestra also performed  great versions of the Fela classics ‘Buy Africa’, ‘Zombie’ and ‘Water Get No Enemy’. I recognised the latter song as the first time I (inadvertently) heard Sosimi on record, his keyboard solo being sampled by hip-hop guru Pete Rock on his track ‘Grown Man Sport’ with Ini. The crowd barely thinned right up until 4am, when the band bowed out to rapturous applause.

Sosimi will play at the New Empowering Church again in July and September with the Afrobeat Orchestra.

Click here for more information on his upcoming concerts.

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Sundance London to showcase new Fela Kuti documentary

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


Academy award-winning director Alex Gibney will bring his critically acclaimed Fela Kuti documentary, Finding Fela, to cinema screens in London this April as part of  the annual Sundance London Film and Music Festival.

The festival, now in its third year, will take place at Greenwich’s O2 Arena and will showcase an array of exciting independent films, documentaries and live music from April 25-27. Gibney’s documentary  profiles the life and career of Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer and fiery political activist, Fela Kuti, and sheds new light on the cultural and political significance of Fela’s music and legacy. With a treasure chest of unseen footage, interviews and hypnotic live performances, the film is sure to excite fans. 

To coincide with the release of Finding Fela, Sundance London will also host a free performance by Dele Sosimi, one of the original members of Fela Kuti’s band Egypt 80, from 8pm on Sunday April 27 at the O2’s Brooklyn Bowl venue.

Screenings take place from April 25 and tickets can be bought here from Friday March 28.

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