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Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 Live at Electric Brixton

Posted on February 20th, 2018 in Recent posts by .

Seun Kuti, eldest son of the late Nigerian legend Fela Kuti, will perform at Electric Brixton, London on March 2

Seun Kuti began performing at his father’s side at just nine years old. Fela Kuti’s musical talent and passion clearly rubbed off on Seun, as did his political drive and anti-establishment views. He went on to build a successful career of his own, releasing numerous albums to critical acclaim and becoming a renowned Afrobeat musician in his own right.

In this special, one-off performance at Electric Brixton Seun will be joined by Egypt 80, the band fronted originally by his late father, as well as Nigerian-British Afrobeat musician Dele Sosimi with his Afrobeat Orchestra.

For more information and to buy tickets, click here

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Get up, stand up! Music of resistance and revolution

Posted on January 24th, 2017 in Features, Recent posts by .


Trump’s to blame. Or at least, he’s one of the reasons why we’re devoting the latest issue to the power of music and its ability to unite rather than divide people. The music we cover in Songlines is often far more than pure entertainment. Yes, it can make you smile, want to dance, or reduce you to tears. But there’s also a galvanising force about music that means it can be used as a powerful weapon in political and social activism – precisely why oppressive regimes tend to ban or censor it.

This month on the Songlines website we’ll be championing and celebrating those musicians who have stuck their necks out and sung out about social injustices, crimes and civil rights. We’ve gathered together several classic features from the Songlines archive that shine a light on a few of today’s most compelling voices of resistance. The revolution begins here!



The Western Sahara has been the subject of  dispute for many decades. One of its most eloquent activists and singers, Aziza Brahim, talks to Violeta Ruano about life in exile and how music and politics are inseparable.

Read: ‘Aziza Brahim – voice of the resistance’



Only the bravest artists take on the biggest enemies. Chris Moss singles out the main role models for today’s young, wannabe revolutionary musicians.

Read: ‘Essential 10: protest singers’



Nigel Williamson introduces Fela Kuti – a true original: ‘Never have life, politics, art and music been so inextricably linked together in one incendiary, insurrectionary and highly danceable package’.

Read: ‘Fela Kuti – a beginner’s guide’



In Burkina Faso music is at the heart of a movement that last year chased an autocrat from power. Bram Posthumus finds out how hip-hop artist and activist Smockey used rap and reggae to change the country’s political course.

Read: ‘Smockey and the rap revolution’



Two pivotal anniversaries in democratic history have been marked in a song project called Sweet Liberties. Julian May gets a history lesson from singers Maz O’Connor, Nancy Kerr and Martyn Joseph.

Read: ‘Sweet Liberties – the voices of democracy’



Canada’s most famous Inuit throat singer, Tanya Tagaq, has been stunning audiences since first collaborating with Björk. Marc Fournier witnesses the unforgettable live experience and finds out about her revolutionary ideals.

Read: Tanya Tagaq – Polar Storm’



The current turmoil in Ukraine is providing a fertile ground for some of the country’s musicians. Peter Culshaw travels to Kiev, the stricken capital, and talks to DakhaBrakha, one of the leading players.

Read: ‘DakhaBrakha – sound of a revolution’

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Record Store Day 2016 – Our Picks

Posted on April 13th, 2016 in News, Recent posts by .


On April 16 over 200 stores across the UK will be holding concerts and selling unique pressings in a mass celebration of all things vinyl. We’ve highlighted a few choice releases that you definitely shouldn’t miss out on. 

Full listings are available on the Record Store Day website.

Bixiga 70 – The Copan Connection: Bixiga 70 Meets Victor Rice (Glitterbeat)
Mixed in the Copan studio that sits high above the bustling streets of Sao Paulo, this release sees Bixiga 70’s glorious Afro-Brazilian album III get a dub-reworking from their producer Victor Rice.


Fela Kuti & Afrika 70 – I Go Shout Plenty (Knitting Factory)
This exclusive 10” release features a 1986 recording of ‘I Go Shout Plenty’ in addition to a rare B-side entitled ‘Frustration’. The piece originated from a session recorded in LA from 1969, with the version included here captured in a subsequent re-imagining with Afrika 70 in 1976.


Hannah Peel – Rebox 2 (My Own Pleasure)
Six years on from her debut Rebox EP that featured re-workings of contemporary songs on her music box, Peel returns to this minimal set up for a special gold vinyl release. She will perform at eight different record shops across the day.


The Hot 8 Brass Band – Sexual Healing (Tru Thoughts)
The New Orleans funk masters have a 7” coming out of their playful take on Marvin Gaye’s ‘Sexual Healing’ that made them a household name. They’ve also just been announced for this year’s WOMAD festival at Charlton Park.


Ibrahim Ferrer – Buena Vista Social Club Presents Ibrahim Ferrer (World Circuit)
This is the first time that Ferrer’s debut album will be available on double vinyl. It sold over one and a half million copies on its release.


Martin Simpson & Friends – Green Onions/Willie Taylor (Epic)
Scunthorpe’s finest presents a rip-roaring version of a Booker T & The MGs standard for this 7” offering. For the B-side he is joined by Nancy Kerr and Andy Cutting for a rendition of Anglo-American folk song ‘Willie Taylor’.


Skatalites – Soul Jazz Records Presents Skatalites (Soul Jazz)
Presented in a beautifully ornate box set, Soul Jazz have compiled a collection of 10 singles from the Skatalites’ early period, 1963-1965.


Various Artists – Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock & Roll (Dust to Digital)
Following on from the 2015 documentary film of the same name, this double gatefold release chronicles the Cambodian rock’n’roll boom of the 1960s and 70s.

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Now listen to this… Baloji, Shantel and Bembeya Jazz National

Posted on November 6th, 2015 in Features, Recent posts by .

Songlines Playlist

Here at Songlines HQ we’re always on the lookout for the most exciting music from around the world. Check out our playlist of the latest tracks that we’ve been listening to.

Tahir Palalı – ‘Hakk Mimarım’ (The Incarnation)
This track comes from the debut album by the Turkish musician – a nicely imagined Alevi song. Palalı’s debut O is reviewed in issue #113 (December 2015).


Baloji ft Mipipo – ‘Unité & Litre’
A couple of newly released videos from the Congolese rapper mark his long-awaited return after 2011’s Kinshasa Succursale. Hopefully this means there is a new album on the way!


Bembeya Jazz National‘Armée Guinéenne’
Bembeya Jazz were one of the great pioneering big bands of Francophone West African music alongside Rail Band and Orchestra Baobab. Released under the state-sponsored Editions Syliphone Conakry record label, there is a wealth of back catalogue material to explore from Bembeya and other Guinean groups of the time.


Shantel – ‘Disko Devil’
Shantel’s Viva Diaspora is a Top of the World review in the latest issue (December 2015, #113). ‘Disko Devil’ is another impressive track from the album, adding a twist on the reggae song ‘Chase the Devil’ by Max Romeo.


Fela Kuti – ‘Unknown Soldier’
‘Unknown Soldier’ was very close to being on the Fela Kuti blog we posted last month. Released alongside ‘Coffin for Head of State’, it is yet another thought-provoking piece of music by the legendary icon.

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