Posts Tagged ‘folila’

The new June Songlines podcast is now available through iTunes

Posted on April 27th, 2012 in Recent posts by .

This podcast includes highlights from the June 2012 issue of Songlines (#84) opening with music from Amadou & Mariam’s new album FolilaSonglines editor-in-chief, Simon Broughton, plays an excerpt by Mariza, a bonus track chosen by Simon Russell Beale as part of his playlist this issue. There is also music from the second CD with this issue, a Back2Black Festival sampler.

Features include: Nigel Williamson on Amadou & Mariam; Nasim Masoud announcing the winners of the Songlines Music Awards 2012; Simon Broughton on Polish punk band, R.U.T.A. and Nathaniel Handy bringing you the latest news with the Official UK World Music Album Chart and more. The podcast ends with music from the late Benjamin Escoriza.

You can listen to the podcast on iTunes here or subscribe to our podcasts via RSS feed here



Be sure to check out the exclusive Songlines Music Awards 2012 vodcast, which will download with a free subscription to the Songlines podcast. You can subscribe here or watch the video on YouTube here.



The next Songlines podcast, featuring highlights from the July issue (#85), will be available from June 8 2012.

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World Music Chart

Posted on April 14th, 2012 in News, Recent posts by .

The new Official UK World Music Album Chart is live with Amadou & Mariam entering at number two with their new release, Folila. Be sure to check out Amadou and Mariam on our cover next issue (on sale April 27). 

You can listen to excerpts from each of the top 10 albums on our next podcast (#84), live on April 27.

We’re also excited to see our Songlines Music Awards 2012 at the top of the compilation chart! 

You can see the full chart (the top 20) as well as the Official UK World Music Compilation Album Chart here.

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Competition for Amadou and Mariam Tickets

Posted on April 6th, 2012 in Recent posts by .

Photo by Benoit Peverelli

Courtesy of the charity Sightsavers, we have a pair of tickets to see African superstars Amadou and Mariam performing live at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London on Friday April 13.

Amadou and Mariam will showcase songs from their eagerly anticipated new album Folila with their full band and will be supported by Folila guest artist, Ebony Bones. A competition runner up will receive a copy of the new album.

Amadou and Mariam have been ambassadors for Sightsavers since 2006. Both stars lost their sight at a young age. “Blindness in Africa exists in many forms and much of it is preventable. Mariam and I would have avoided going blind if we had been properly treated,” says Amadou. You can find out more about their involvement with the charity and its work to prevent avoidable blindness around the world here. 

To enter for your chance to win a pair of tickets or a copy of Folila, please fill out this competition form. Winners will be contacted by email on April 10th. 


Amadou and Mariam Ticket Competition
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Amadou and Miriam to release new album, Folila

Posted on February 26th, 2012 in Recent posts by .

The husband and wife duo Amadou and Mariam are due to release their latest album, Folila, on April 2.

Amadou and Mariam, who met and fell in love at a school for the blind, have been performing bluesy music from Bamako, Mali since 1983. Defying all odds the blind couple have become international pop stars and recognisable icons from the West African country.

Their 2004 album Dimache à Bamako launched them into superstardom and they have since been featured on the cover of Songlines, won the 2009 Songlines Music Award for Best Group, released several ‘Best Of’ compilations, published an autobiography and toured with numerous mainstream groups including U2, Blur and Coldplay.

Their upcoming album is much anticipated and is due to feature collaborations with TV on the Radio, Santigold, and Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters.

They recently stopped by The Guardian studio to perform the track ‘Wily Kataso’ from Folila.

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