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Songlines Encounters Festival 2014 Line-up

Posted on May 23rd, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .


In less than two weeks time Songlines Encounters Festival returns for its fourth year on June 5-7 at London’s Kings Place, in association with Ikon Arts Management. Female vocalists are a strong strand running through this year’s line-up. Come and see some spectacular international musicians and up-and-coming artists that we want to champion. 

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Thursday June 5
Family Atlantica + Dobet Gnahoré


The Songlines Encounters Festival begins in Africa. Luzmira Zerpa is the larger-than-life vocalist of Family Atlantica (pictured above) whose music stretches from Venezuela across the Atlantic to London and West Africa. Dobet Gnahoré, from Ivory Coast, is one of the most dynamic young female performers of Africa. With striking costumes, Dobet’s shows have a visceral energy and power which you won’t forget.*

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*Dobet Gnahoré is replacing Habib Koité, who is now unable to make the trip to the UK.


Friday June 6
Anna Phoebe + Oana Cătălina Chiţu


Anna Phoebe’s fiery violin mixes Eastern and Western influences with a touch of Gypsy and, in her UK concert hall debut, Romanian singer Oana Cătălina Chiţu (pictured above) brings her rich, smokey interpretations of Maria Tănase to London – kindly supported by the Romanian Cultural Institute London.

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Saturday June 7
Kayhan Kalhor & Ali Bahrami Fard + Çiğdem Aslan


Saturday will feature major talents from Asia Minor and beyond. A sublime instrumental duo from Iran, featuring kamancheh (spike fiddle) and santur (hammer dulcimer), and the charismatic Çiğdem Aslan who performs Greek and Turkish repertoire with her virtuoso band. There’s a pre-concert talk with Kayhan Kalhor (pictured above) in the St Pancras Room (6:15pm).

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See our festival line-up page for more details, visit the Kings Place website or tweet about it.

Hear Simon Broughton talking to Turkish Kurdish vocalist Çiğdem Aslan and fiery violinist Anna Phoebe about what they’ll be bringing to the Festival…

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Warsaw Cross Culture Festival 2012

Posted on September 7th, 2012 in News, Recent posts by .

Now in its eighth year, the 2012 Warsaw Cross Culture Festival will be held September 23-29. Each year the festival has a main musical theme, and this year its focus is ‘Inspiration: The Orient’ – a spotlight on Asian performers.

The festival, which boasts the title of the largest world music festival in Central and Eastern Europe, has hosted more than 150 artists from over 50 countries since its inception in 2005, and this year boasts headliners of Armenian duduk player Djivan Gasparyan, Azeri mugham master Alim Qasimov and female vocal and Jew’s harp trio Ayarkhaan (pictured) from the Sakha Republic, Siberia.

Although the spotlight is on Asia, other continents are represented as well, with Boubacar Traoré (Mali) and Dobet Gnahoré (Ivory Coast) performing at an African showcase, amongst others.

This year also represents the first time the Cross Cultrue festival has been associated with the Planete+ Doc Film Festival, the most prestigious and popular documentary festival in Poland, to produce a world film programme alongside that of the music.

For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit the festival website.

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