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Top of the World: Kayha Kalhor & Erdal Erzincan – Kula Kulluk Yakisir Mi

Posted on November 27th, 2013 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

Words by Simon Broughton

ECM-2181-Kahlor-ErzincanA Turkish-Iranian improvisatory summit

Iranian kamancheh player Kayhan Kalhor and Turkish saz player Erdal Erzincan are both fantastic traditional musicians with a taste for innovation – and Kalhor’s name has long been a hallmark of quality. Kalhor and Erzincan first recorded together in 2004 for The Wind (later released by ECM). Their occasional duo performances since then have been sensational events, as they’ve dug deeper into each other’s material, with Iranian Kurdish and Turkish Alevi links. When I saw them at Babel Med in 2012 they played a continuous 50-minute set in which one improvisation blended into another – as they do during this live concert, recorded in the Turkish town of Bursa in 2011.

It’s not just the contrasting textures of bowed kamancheh and plucked baglama that work so well, but the way the two musicians elaborate on the material in such an organic way. There’s a searing intensity in the music, which sustains nearly an hour with well-paced climaxes and relaxations. There are six traditional and composed tracks woven into this recital and five pure improvisations, although unless you’re familiar with the material you probably won’t be able to tell them apart. They include a new and spectacular version of ‘The Wind’ from their previous album and a glorious finale of ‘Intertwining Melodies’ from both Persian and Turkish traditions. This is sublime.

TRACK TO TRY: ‘Intertwining Melodies’



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Songlines’ Best Albums 2013 Announced

Posted on October 31st, 2013 in Recent posts by .

To be featured in the next issue of SonglinesJanuary/February 2014 (#97, out December 6), editor Jo Frost and editor-in-chief Simon Broughton select their pick of the albums reviewed in 2013

This year has been an incredibly rich, diverse and exciting one for new releases both within world, roots and folk music. With five picks each, Jo Frost and Simon Broughton have chosen their favourite albums that have been reviewed within Songlines magazine in the last 12 months. You can read more about these ten albums in the next issue, out on December 6.

And this year’s selections are (in no particular order):


Rokia TraoréBeautiful Africa (on Nonesuch, reviewed in #91)

Çiğdem AslanMortissa (on Asphalt Tango, reviewed in #96)

BuikaLa Noche Más Larga (on Warner, reviewed in #95)

Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni baJama Ko (on Out Here, reviewed in #90)

Oana Cătălina ChițuDivine (on Asphalt Tango, reviewed in #94)

Family AtlanticaFamily Atlantica (on Soundway, reviewed in #92)

Jupiter & Okwess InternationalHotel Univers (on Out Here, reviewed in #94)

Leyla McCallaVari-Colored Songs (on Dixie Frog, reviewed in #96)

Kayhan Kalhor & Erdal ErzincanKula Kulluk Yakışır Mı (on ECM, reviewed in #96)

Catrin Finch & Seckou KeitaClychau Dibon (on Astar Artes, reviewed in #96)

Listen to tracks from the chosen albums below:

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globalFEST 2013 this Sunday, January 13

Posted on January 11th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

This Sunday the non-profit organisation globalFest celebrates its tenth anniversary, bringing groundbreaking world music once again to Webster Hall in New York City.

Since its inception as a one-night showcase festival a decade ago, globalFEST has brought global sounds from the margins to centre stage. It has become an important musical hub for spotting genuine global talent and launching their careers in the US. 

Continuing its commitment to support artists from the culturally rich, diverse Gulf Coast region since Hurricane Katrina, globalFEST has added the Stooges Brass Band from New Orleans.  


They will be joined by another 11 artists over three stages, including Songlines Music Awards 2012 Newcomer Fatoumata Diawara, French fusionistas Lo’Jo (featured in the current issue, #89), kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kahlor & Erdal Erzincan, and Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits. For the full lineup and to find out more click here.

Stay tuned for our next issue, on sale in the UK on February 1, which will feature our guide to New York City’s music venues, festivals and events.

We have also whipped together a quick playlist to give you a taster of what to expect at this year’s globalFEST:

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