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World Music Festival Chicago: Bonus CD

Posted on May 12th, 2017 in Recent posts by .

This bonus CD is exclusively available with the June (#128) edition of Songlines

WOMADelaide Songlines CD

The World Music Festival Chicago is one of the largest and oldest festivals of its kind in the US, showcasing both traditional and contemporary artists at performing arts centres, clubs, public parks, museums, theatres and other venues throughout Chicago – completely free of charge.

The festival has attracted over 800,000 concert-goers and has presented more than 800 artists and ensembles from over 80 countries since it began in 1999.

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1 Iberi Choir (Georgia) - ‘Khasanbegura’, First (2014)

2. Tcheka (Cape Verde) -‘Strada’, Boka Kafé (2017)

3. Los Hijos de la Montaña (Mexico/North America) - ‘La Bala’, Los Hijos de la Montaña (2015)

4. Beats y Bateria (Cuba) - ‘Baile’, Beats y Bateria (2017)

5. Grand Tapestry (India/California) - ‘Brother’, Grand Tapestry (2016)

6. Mdou Moctar (Niger) - ‘Iblis Amghar’, Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (2015)

7. Feufollet (Louisiana) - ‘Questions Sans Réponses’, Two Universes (2015)

8. Lúnasa (Ireland) - ‘Ryestraw’, Lá Nua (2010)

9. Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo (Venezuela) - ‘Sentimiento’, Rural recordings under the mango tree (2016)

10. Vox Sambou (Haiti) - ‘My Rhythm’, The Brasil Session (2016)

11. Underground System (New York) - ‘Bella Ciao’, Bella Ciao (2014)

12. Bitori (Cape Verde) - ‘Bitori Nha Bibinha’, Legend of Funaná, the Forbidden Music of the Cape Verde Islands (2016)


+ World Music Festival Chicago 2017 runs from September 8-24. Find out more:

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More acts announced for WOMAD Charlton Park 2017

Posted on March 30th, 2017 in Live, News, Recent posts by .


Orchestra Baobab, Oumou Sangaré and  Eliza Carthy & the Wayward Band are among the second wave of acts announced for this year’s WOMAD Charlton Park Festival from July 27-30.

Following February’s announcement of the first wave of acts heading to Wiltshire this year, WOMAD have revealed the latest surge of artists who will appear this coming July.

Iconic Senegalese band Orchestra Baobab take to the stage following the release of their new album Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng, the Malian vocal superstar and figure of African female emancipation Oumou Sangaré returns to the WOMAD stage for a much-awaited comeback, and folk powerhouse Eliza Carthy and her Wayward Band stop off in Wiltshire on a busy year of touring.


Other confirmed acts include:

Bixiga 70 (Brasil) 

Malmesbury School Project (UK)

Goat (Sweden)

Orkestra Mendoza (US)

Xáos (Greece/UK)

Bill Laurance (UK)

Tanzania Albinism Society (Tanzania)

King Gurcharan Mall and the Dhol Blasters (UK)

Ska Vengers (India)

Bonga (Angola)

Taiko Meantime (UK)

Inna de Yard (Jamaica)

Officina Zoé (Italy)

Meté Meté (Brazil)

Kuenta i Tambu (The Netherlands)

Beating Heart (UK)

Kakatsitsi, Gubi! Family and Bwiti (Namibia)


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Artists set to perform at SXSW denied entry into US

Posted on March 15th, 2017 in Recent posts by .




Several artists have been denied entry into the US ahead of the South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) taking place March 10-19 in Austin, Texas. Italian group Soviet Soviet, London-based United Vibrations, Canadian/Egyptian Massive Scar Era and Danish producer ELOQ are among acts to have announced their travel rejection.

SXSW is a broad and diverse festival, covering film, comedy and music in a range of venues across Austin. In 2016 the festival welcomed more than 2,200 performers, representing more than 67 countries. While visa complications for travelling musicians are not uncommon, in light of recent comments made and orders put forward by President Trump in particular, the nature of these complications are being increasingly questioned.

Trump’s first Executive Order, though blocked by federal judges, denied visitors from seven African and Middle Eastern countries entry to the US. His second revised attempt, set to be implemented on March 16, has removed Iraq from the list of banned nations and exempts current visa-holders, yet still refuses entry to visitors from six Muslim-majority countries. Soviet Soviet, Massive Scar, ELOQ and United Vibrations have all spoken publicly about their experiences of attempting to travel to Austin for SXSW.

“We arrived in Seattle on the afternoon of March 8,” write Soviet Soviet in a joint public statement. “We made our way to passport control with our ESTA, a letter from our American label… and a written invitation on the part of SXSW in hand.” The group go on to describe how each member was questioned for almost four hours. Despite informing the authorities that they would not be receiving any payment for their performance, nor that they had any intention of staying in the US, they were told they would be denied entry to the country and deported back to Italy. “We accepted this decision as it seemed final at that point. They took our digital fingerprints and took mugshots of us for their file. They confiscated our cell phones and we were denied the possibility of contacting our families and loved ones. Around 10.30pm, two prison officers frisked us, handcuffed us and brought us to jail in a police car. We spent the night in jail and had been escorted there as though we were three criminals.” Read the full statement here

Similarly, ELOQ took to Twitter to inform fans about his experience. He said he would not be playing at SXSW but returning to Denmark, “even though I was informed by SXSW I had the right visa.” He also wrote that he had “been handcuffed and detained in a small very bright room plus a very unpleasant jail cell for 23 hours.” London-based quartet United Vibrations took to social media to question why they had not been let in to the US, asking whether it was down to their “names,” their “music” or “the colour of [their] skin.” Fellow London-based musician Yussef Khamaal, also denied entry, apologised to all those coming out to see him perform.

Heavy metal band Massive Scar Era shared a similar experience, posting a video to social media along with a statement which claims that despite having provided the necessary paperwork and official SXSW visa waiver, and communicating with the festival, the group were denied entry. The band questioned whether one member’s Egyptian passport may have been the issue, as the “bassist is First Nation.” His card was refused however, and was told “he needs to get a DNA test.”

SXSW themselves have come under fire for a contract clause which threatens immigration authority involvement for behaviour adverse to the festival’s interests (Told Slant withdrew their performance for this reason). SXSW have said there are no “deportation clauses” in their current agreements, nor will there be in the future, and have publicly denounced Trump’s travel ban

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First acts announced for WOMAD Charlton Park 2017

Posted on February 23rd, 2017 in Live, News, Recent posts by .


Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Bombino and Emir Kusturica are among the first acts announced for this year’s WOMAD Charlton Park Festival from July 27-30

The first wave of names have been announced for this year’s WOMAD at Charlton Park. Recognised as one of the greatest world music events, the festival returns to its regular setting at the Wiltshire site this summer.

The hugely popular household name that is Ladysmith Black Mambazo will take to the stage this year, alongside politically-minded Benjamin Zephaniah with his new musical project, Revolutionary Minds. Emir Kusturica is also sure to lead a lively set of Eastern European folk and Gypsy music, with help from The No Smoking Orchestra.

Maarja Nuut, the Estonian vocalist and fiddler, will also make an appearance, as will Alsarah & The Nubatones, whose track ‘Ya Watan’ featured as a Songlines Top of the World in #123.

Other confirmed acts so far include: 

Shobaleader One (UK)

Bokanté (USA/Guadeloupe)

Bombino (Niger)

Chico Trujillo (Chile)

Grupo Canalón de Timbiquí (Colombia)

Jamie Smith’s Mabon (UK)

Khmer Rouge Survivors (Cambodia)

Maarja Nuut (Estonia)

The Nile Project (Egypt/Ethiopia and more)

Nomade Orquestra (Brazil)

Rajab Suleiman & Kithara (Zanzibar)

Savina Yannatou (Greece)

Spooky Men’s Chorale (Australia)

Tom Middleton (UK)

Zhou Family Band (China)


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