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Live Review | Globaltica, Poland July 20-23

Posted on July 26th, 2016 in Live, Recent posts by .

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Six great things about Globaltica, World Cultures Festival, in Gdynia, Poland

1. The main site is just five minutes walk from a pristine beach on the Baltic Sea.

2. A weekend ticket costs around €10

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3. Over four days, in a relaxed and intimate setting you can get a taste of music from all over the world. This year the line-up included Balkan brass masters Fanfare Ciocarlia from Romania; Damily from Madagascar, playing infectious tsapiky dance music; the cheeky Monsieur Doumani trio from Cyprus; kora and talking drum maestro Diabel Cissokho (pictured right) from Senegal and the remarkable Rancho Aparte, with squealing clarinets, euphonium and powerful percussion from Colombia. Not forgetting Songlines’ favourites, the father, son and daughter trio from Poland, Kapela Maliszow. Traditional music that is vibrant and evolving, which is what Globaltica is about.

4. The celery and ginger drink from the Beetle Juice van (Sok z Zuka) is just divine.

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5. Turkish musician Tahir Palali (pictured right with singer Cigdem Aslan) describes Globaltica as a mini-WOMAD but nicer, because it’s more chilled out. It was a rare opportunity to see him and singer Cigdem Aslan sing spiritual songs from the Alevi tradition. “We Alevis don’t go to the mosque,’’ she says, “but we gather in places like this.’’  We’re in barn-like old stables, and the performance is intimate and intense. Palali’s plucked tembur, with just three strings, is delicate but profound. There’s a simplicity and intensity that takes you to a higher place. “The consciousness that created the universe is within you,’’ he says and his tembur with Aslan’s melismatic voice seems to bring that consciousness closer.

6. Gdynia is Europe’s best location for modernist architecture. The port city was built in little more than a decade from 1926 until World War II as Poland’s ‘window to the world’. In 1928 it handled just one per cent of Poland’s trade, but by 1937 it controlled 49%. The architecture of the city is still dominated by the clean, white, unornamented style of the pre-war period. Easy access from the UK with direct flights from London to Gdansk, just 45 minutes away.

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Globaltica was held on July 20-23 2016. For more information, visit www.globaltica.pl

 

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Fanfare Ciocarlia – Onwards to Mars! | Album Review | Top of the World

Posted on July 1st, 2016 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

Fanfare-Ciocarlia

Words by Garth Cartwright

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The Balkan brass ensemble are back with a blast
★★★★

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Fanfare Ciocărlia’s launch, Onwards to Mars! serves up 14 new recordings. There are a couple of feel-good standards here that will entertain crowds (‘Mista Lobaloba’ and a pretty straight take on Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ ‘I Put a Spell on You’) but it’s the new originals that demand attention here. These include Balkan brass standards the band have known over the years and a selection of original numbers written for the band by British musician Kobi Israelite.

Israelite has obviously listened closely to Fanfare Ciocărla as his seven compositions fit seamlessly into the band’s repertoire and sound like they could have existed in the Balkans since time out of mind: ‘The Patron’s Funeral’ paying homage to the past without slavishly copying it. Want something new? Well, Latin American touring has turned FC into cumbia aficionados – ‘Mista Lobaloba’ and ‘Fiesta de Negritos’ are both good examples that are certain to liven up many a Balkan party.

Twenty years on and with Boban, Taraf and Kočani all having lost their musical mojo, Fanfare Ciocărlia manage to sound as fresh as ever. This Balkan party will surely reach Mars soon.

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Top of the World July 2016: The best new releases

Posted on June 10th, 2016 in Features, Recent posts by .

Our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the July (#119) issue.

Fanfare Ciocărlia
Onwards to Mars! (Asphalt Tango Records)

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Balkan brass band Fanfare Ciocărlia offer 14 tracks on their latest record, released in celebration of their 20th anniversary in the music business.
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Elza Soares
The Woman at the End of the World (Mais Um Discos)

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Elza Soares, now in her late 70s, demonstrates why she is considered one of Brazil’s best samba singers in a bold release that is a fiery mix of original, uncompromising tracks.

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Kel Assouf
Tikounen (Igloo Records)

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Another guitar group to come out of the Touareg music scene, Kel Assouf return with a strong, rocking second album. Powerful rhythms and contagious grooves are aplenty on this feisty record.

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Leyla McCalla
A Day for the Hunter, a Day for the Prey (Jazz Village)

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An outstanding sophomore album from the young cellist and banjo player. Three years on from her stellar debut, McCalla once again draws from her Haitian heritage and Creole influences.

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Matthias Loibner
Lichtungen (Traumton Records)

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Austrian composer Matthias Loibner possesses extraordinary skill on the hurdy-gurdy; his new album shows the astonishing range this unusual instrument has in his hands.

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Maarja Nuut
Une Meeles (Maarja Nuut)

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Fiddler and singer Maarja Nuut delivers her experimental second album – an exceptional listen that draws influences from her Estonian roots and displays her promising talent.

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Melt Yourself Down
Last Evenings on Earth (The Leaf Label)

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Utilising abrasive sounds and forward-thinking production, the London-based band Melt Yourself Down show they are a force to be reckoned with on this game-changing album.

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Derek Gripper
Libraries on Fire (Derek Gripper)

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With great aplomb, the South African takes on the compositions of the great 21-stringed kora players on his classical guitar. Gripper’s delicate transcriptions deliver beautiful results.
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Mahsa Vahdat
The Sun Will Rise (A Cappella) (Kirkelig Kulturverksted)

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Vahdat is one of only a few female singers living in Iran to record regularly outside the country, and here she produces a profoundly personal album with no instrumental accompaniment.

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Bellowhead
Live: The Farewell Tour (Navigator Records)

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Bellowhead’s final album highlights the 11-piece big band in blistering live form. Known for their fantastic live shows, the album exhibits why these guys will be dearly missed.
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New issue (July 2016) on sale now!

Posted on June 10th, 2016 in News, Recent posts by .

Songlines July 2016 Fanfare Ciocarlia

Balkan brass band Fanfare Ciocărlia; Brazilian big band Bixiga 70; Afro Celt Sound System; Damon Albarn’s Africa Express reunite the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians

The July (#119) 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 British singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae.

Featured on the Top of the World CD are new tracks from South African guitarist Derek Gripper, Estonian fiddle player and singer Maarja Nuut, and London-based fusion band Melt Yourself Down.

Fanfare Ciocarlia Songlines

Fanfare Ciocărlia – The Romanian Gypsy group chat to us as they celebrate 20 years in the music business
Bixiga 70 – The Brazilian band discuss their signature big brass sound
Afro Celt Sound System – The Celtic fusion group speak about their much-lauded return
Damon Albarn and the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians – We talk to Damon Albarn and the leader of the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians, Issam Rafea, about their series of momentous concerts across Europe
World Music Meets Early Music – Finding the space where these two worlds of music meet

Calypso Rose Songlines

Calypso Rose – A Beginner’s Guide to the septuagenarian queen of calypso’s remarkable career
Corinne Bailey Rae – A playlist and interview with the British singer-songwriter, who talks about her journey to rediscover happiness and the music she found along the way
Les Amazones d’Afrique – Daniel Brown reports on the all-female collection of singers from West Africa who have joined forces to empower women and change male attitudes

PLUS! Reviews of the latest CD, book and world cinema releases.

Click here to buy the new issue.

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