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Introducing Songlines issue #125 (March 2017)

Posted on January 25th, 2017 in Features, Recent posts by .


The March 2017 (#125) issue of Songlines is now on sale!

The special focus of this issue is on the power of music with features investigating how music can be an important and effective tool in political and social activism.


This very special issue includes an interview with folk artists involved in a new project examining the history of protest singing; an examination of the cultural suppression of northern Europe’s Sámi people; a report from the Dhaka Lit Festival where the threat of terrorism looms large; Baba Zula, the band who personify the incredible diversity of Istanbul; a Beginner’s Guide to the desert blues pioneers, Tinariwen; plus the latest CD and world cinema reviews. 


The Top of the World cover CD includes Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band, Renata Rosa, Black String, Erik Aliana & Picket, as well as tracks selected by the naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, including Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars, Gurrumul and Bob Roberts.


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globalFEST 2015, January 11, NYC

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


GlobalFEST gears up for the 2015 edition of the festival, which will take place on January 11 in NYC

Since its inception in 2003 globalFEST has been showcasing diverse and interesting musical talents from around the world, becoming the most important North American gateway for international emerging and established artists. In 2010 globalFEST became an independent non-profit organisation promoting cross-cultural encounters through music and helping world music artists to expand their presences in the performing arts field.

Among the highlights of the globalFEST 2015 edition are the Brazilian Afrobeat orchestra Bixiga 70 and the Tunisian singer-songwriter Emel Mathlouthi, whose protest songs  ‘Ya Tounes Ya Meskina’ (Poor Tunisia) and  ‘Kelmti Horra’ (My Word is Free) became anthems for the Tunisian and Egyptians revolutions in 2011. They will be joined by another ten artists over three stages, including Emil Zrihan, The Nile Project and many others.

Full line-up:

Bixiga70 (US debut; Brazil)
Emel Mathlouthi (Tunisia/France/US)
Emil Zrihan (Morocco/Israel)
The Jones Family Singers (US)
Just a Band (Kenya)
Kahulanui (US)
Kevin Johansen + The Nada (Argentina)
The Nile Project (US debut; various)
Puerto Candelaria (NYC debut; Colombia)
Riyaaz Qawwali (various)
Sam Lee (UK)
Zap Mama (Belgium)

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First acts announced for WOMAD Charlton Park 2013

Posted on February 27th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

(photograph by Suzie M Blake)

Gilberto Gil, Rokia Traoré and Alice Russell amongst first acts confirmed

WOMAD Charlton Park once again this summer on July 25-28. WOMAD’s philosophy is to expose audiences to unheard sounds from around the globe, and this year’s line-up certainly confirms that trend.

Alongside the big names – Gilberto Gil, Rokia Traoré and Alice Russell – other acts will include David Rodigan MBE, Sam Lee & Friends, Ondatrópica, Tamikrest, Mokoomba, Asif Ali Khan and Fanfare Ciocarlia.

The year’s festival season is very much the talk of the Songlines office at the moment, and we look forward to seeing you all at WOMAD Charlton Park for what promises be one of the best yet. You can buy a discounted Songlines subscription with a weekend ticket here.

To purchase tickets or to find out more information (including our Songlines subscription/weekend ticket offer) please visit the WOMAD UK website.

Confirmed artists for WOMAD Charlton Park 2013:

Rokia Traoré (Mali) 

With a new album out April, the Malian singer continues to be at the forefront of defending women’s rights around the world and publicising the continuing critical situation in her place of birth. Rokia looks very much set to make her mark on the UK festival scene this summer. (photo by Franck Socha)








Gilberto Gil (Brazil)  

A key figure of Brazil’s tropicália movement in the late 60s when his songs of protest and dissent were aimed squarely at the military junta then controlling the country.







Alice Russell (UK)

Highly acclaimed Brighton-based soul singer who has worked with the likes of David Byrne, Will ‘Quantic’ Holland and Fatboy Slim.








David Rodigan
 MBE (UK) The legendary sexagenarian Englishman whose DJ selections have secured him victories against the top DJs in Jamaica in live soundclashes.

Asif Ali Khan (Pakistan) The star pupil of – and successor to – the great qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

Bwani Junction (UK) Sharply alert indie-pop and shimmering African guitars mark out this four-piece as the Caledonian answer to Vampire Weekend.

Canzoniere Grencanico Salentino (Italy) Leading traditional music ensemble with CV that includes playing with Ballaké Sissoko, Ludovico Einaudi and Stewart Copeland. 

David Wax Museum (USA) Top-notch Mexican-flavoured Americana.

Debapriya and Samanwaya (India) Sitar mastery from these two young players.

Dub Inc (France) Sunshine grooves from this reggae/dub outfit from St Etienne.

Emel Mathlouthi (Tunisia) Haunting singer occupying the (admittedly broad) territory between Joan Baez and Portishead’s Beth Gibbons.

Fanfare Ciocarlia (Romania) The party-starting massed Gypsy horns who’ve even known to slip a Duke Ellington tune or two into their repertoire.

Fredy Massamba (Congo) Super-slick Afro-soul straight from the streets of Congo-Brazzaville, via Belgium.

Gocoo (Japan) Elemental 11-piece (seven women, four men) taiko drum ensemble.

Huun Huur Tu (Russia) With more than 20 years of live shows under their belts, these Tuvans remain the masters of the beguiling tradition of dual-note throat singing.

Jagwa Music (Tanzania) Frenetic band who hit hard with the new, gritty sound of the city, delivered through homespun percussion and a battered vintage Casio keyboard.

Kissmet (UK/India) Magical meeting of bhangra and rock.

Le Vent du Nord (Québec) Flamboyant protectors of Québécois folk music traditions.

Lévon Minassian (Armenia) The undisputed star of the doudouk and previous Peter Gabriel collaborator.

Mala in Cuba (UK) The dubstep don takes the album made in Cuba with Gilles Peterson into the live arena.

Malawi Mouse Boys (Malawi) When they’re not playing their delightfully chiming acoustic songs, they can be found selling barbecued mouse-on-a-stick to passing drivers.

Mokoomba (Zimbabwe) The local meets the global, as the music of Zimbabwe’s Tonga people is further flavoured by occasional forays into rap and reggae.

Nano Stern (Chile) Young singer-songwriter with stirring set of protest songs.

Ondatrópica (Colombia) All-star aggregation of young and old Medellin musicians, co-conceived by Will ‘Quantic’ Holland.

Osibisa (Ghana/Antigua/Jamaica/USA) Sunshine grooves from reconvened Afro-rock veterans.

Sam Lee & Friends (UK) Mercury-nominated folk singer and song collector continues his quest to guide the tradition into the 21st century.

Schlachthofbronx (Germany) Bottom-end worshipping Bavarian bassheads brew up dancehall, dub, techno, baile funk and kwaito.

Syd Arthur (UK) Young folky psychedelicists whose mesmerising songs channel the ghost of the recently departed Kevin Ayers.

Tamikrest (Mali) The songs of these desert bluesmen will carry even more gravity and significance following the events of the last few months in northern and central Mali.

Urna & Kroke (Mongolia/Poland) Polish band Kroke (a favourite of the late DJ Charlie Gillett) in collaboration with the strikingly voiced Mongolian singer Urna.


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Fun Lovin Criminals frontman Huey Morgan playlist and the 10 best new releases in the April/May issue of Songlines (#83)

Posted on March 15th, 2012 in News, Recent posts by .

The April/May 2012 issue of Songlines – on sale March 16 – features a free covermount CD packed full of the best new sounds from around the world, plus 5 tracks selected by Fun Lovin’ Criminals frontman and BBC radio DJ Huey Morgan.

The issue also features the second free CD Sounds of South Asia.

The Top of the World CD includes tracks from English folk pin-up Seth Lakeman; Tunisian chanteuse Emel Mathlouthi; Senegalese veteran Ablaye Ndiaye Thiossane; Scottish folk supergroup Treacherous Orchestra; the live sound of New Yorkers The Klezmatics; and Palestinian oud virtuoso Ahmad Al Khatib & Youssef Hbeisch, among others.

Pick up your copy here on the website, at selected WHSmith’s and at all good record retailers. Feast your ears on these all-new tracks:

* Ablaye Ndiaye Thiossane ‘Thiere Lamboul’ on Discograph/Sterns
* BBB ‘Part of the Glory’ on Crammed Discs
* Emel Mathlouthi ‘Dhalem’ on World Village
* Seth Lakeman ‘Blacksmith’s Prayer’ on Honour Oak Records
* Ahmad Al Khatib & Youssef Hbeisch ‘Wedding’ on Institut du Monde Arabe
* Fidil ‘Tá do Mhargadh Déanta’ on FIDIL
* Duotone ‘Turning Pages Over’ on ECC Records
* Various Artists ‘Raga Lankadahang Sarang’ on Glossa Music
* The Klezmatics ‘NY Psycho Freylekhs’ on Fréa Records
* Treacherous Orchestra ‘Superfly’ on Navigator Records

Plus Huey Morgan’s playlist:

* Opotopo ‘Agboho’ on Soundway
* Manu Dibango ‘Soul Makossa’ on Global Mix
* Quantic & Alice Russell with Combo Bárbaro ‘I’d Cry’ on Tru Thoughts
* El Combo de Los Galleros ‘Soledad’ on World Circuit
* Willie Colón ‘Ché Ché Colé’ on Fania

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