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Introducing Songlines issue #133 (December 2017)

Posted on November 1st, 2017 in Features, Recent posts by .


The December 2017 (#133) issue of Songlines is now on sale!

Our cover star this issue is Hugh Masekela, the legendary South African horn player. Other features include an interview with the Dublin-based four-piece Lankum about their modern take on Irish trad music; Belgians Didier Laloy and Kathy Adam talk about their outlandish new orchestral project, Belem & the MeKanics; qanun player Maya Youssef who releases her debut album, Syrian Dreams; Tools of the Trade on the bamboo mouth organ from Thailand, the khaen, plus the latest CD, book, world cinema and live reviews. 


The Top of the World CD includes tracks from Robert Plant, Saz’iso, Lankum and Hugh Masekela, as well as a guest playlist from composer and conductor, Carl Davis, featuring music from Paul Robeson, Compay Segundo and others.


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October 2014: Top 10 UK Live Events

Posted on October 1st, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .

With post-summer blues setting in, here’s our guide to the top 10 gigs in October to reinvigorate you with a list of the best concerts happening this month!



Faustus will tour the entire breadth of the country this October on a mammoth 16-date tour. The trio – consisting of melodeon player and singer Saul Rose, and Benji Kirkpatrick (Bellowhead) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead) – released their sophomore album Broken Down Gentlemen last year to great acclaim, and are a strong force in the British folk scene, with an impetus on bringing freshness and vigour to the idiom.

Where & When: Across the UK, October 2-29 More info


While and Matthews


This October sees Chris While and Julie Matthews set off on their 20th anniversary tour to celebrate their illustrious career, which has seen them release ten albums and tour across the world.

Where & When: Across the UK, October 3-November 26 More info


Anoushka Shankar with Tanmoy Bose, Pirashanna Thevarajah, Sanjeev Shankar, & Kenji Ota

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Following the wonderful news that Anoushka Shankar will be expecting her second born in the next few months, this is now her only remaining UK date this autumn, so be sure not to miss out! She is joined by a star-studded line-up including tabla maestro Tanmoy Bose, multi-percussionist Pirashanna Thevarajah, shehnai player Sanjeev Shankar, and sitar player Kenji Ota.

Where & When: Sam Wannamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, London, October 4 More info.


Dobet Gnahoré


The Grammy-winning songstress from the Ivory Coast will grace our shores for seven dates this October. As part of the Na Dre Dance Tour she will be joined by a full band and a cast of contemporary African dancers. The Rich Mix event – October 10 – will also play host to a DJ set from African Night Fever.

Where & When: Across the UK, October 8-15 More info.


Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra


One of the busiest and hard-working Afrobeat ambassadors will take the stage for a concert at the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room as part of Songlines Presents this October. Dele was a co-founder of Postive Force with Femi Kuti, and was also one of the youngest players in Fela Kuti’Egypt 80. He is renowned for his marathon-length shows that he delivers every few months at the New Empowering Church in Hackney, and expect the energy levels to be just as high in this intimate setting. 

Where & When: Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, October 11 More info


Musicport Festival


An all-star cast will once again descend upon Whitby for a weekend of fantastic music at the Whitby Pavilion. The winner of the 2013 Fatea award for Best Indoor Festival in has a stellar line-up stretched across the three days. Friday sees an upbeat showing with Yaaba Funk headlining and support from Idlewild and Leeds based power-klezmer group Tantz. Saturday’s bill is topped by Lo’Jo, while Sunday’s impressive cast – including performances from The Crazy World of Arthur Brown and O’Hooley and Tidow – is headed up by the wonderful duo of Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita (pictured).

Where & When: Whitby Pavilion, Whitby, October 17-19 More info


Balkan Beat Box & Dub Inc


New-York natives Balkan Beat Box take their exhilarating live show to London’s KOKO this October. Their combination of hip-hop, klezmer, reggae and Middle Eastern music is underpinned by a frenetic energy, propelled by their inimitable front man Tomer Yosef. They have support from the equally unrelenting Dub Inc.

Where & When: KOKO, London, October 22 More info


Mohammad-Reza Shajarian with the Shahnaz Ensemble

The incredibly talented Persian classical singer Mohammad-Reza Shajarian will play the Hammersmith Apollo at the end of October in what promises to be an incredible show. An esteemed performer in his own right, Shajarian has also collaborated with Kayhan Kalhor on the exquisite Night, Silence, Desert. He will also play Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on October 22.

Where & When: Edinburgh, October 22 More info & Hammersmith Apollo, London, October 26 More info


Hugh Masekela & Somi


It’s been 55 years since Masekela formed the Jazz Epistles, along with Abdullah Ibrahim, and he’s still going strong. As one of the foremost proponents of South Africa’s jazz heritage, it’s always a big occasion when Masekela comes to town. He’ll be supported by jazz vocalist Somi, who has recently collaborated with Ibrahim Maalouf.

Where & When: Barbican Centre, London, October 27 More info


LIFEM 2014


Following last year’s focus upon Finnish music, this autumn LIFEM (The London International Festival of Exploratory Music) turns its head to music from South America and Africa. Across the week there will be performances from Brazilian musicians Badi AssadGaio de Lima, Malian singer Ami Koita (read more about her in the new issue, #104 on sale Oct 10), and the acclaimed musicians Amira Kheir (Sudan) and Amadou Diagne (Senegal) [both pictured]. The final night of the festival will see the official launch of Carmen Souza’s live album Live at the Lagny Jazz Festival.

Where & When: King’s Place, London, October 29-November 1 More info


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Lokkhi Terra live at Floridita on May 8

Posted on May 4th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

Don’t miss the world’s best Afro-beat-Cuban-Bangladeshi group play London’s Floridita

Lokkhi Terra, one of London’s best kept secrets, is a music project created by UK/Bangladeshi musician Kishon Khan – combining Bangladeshi music traditions with those from Africa and Latin America and creating a sound that can truly be called ‘world music.’

The band line-up boasts a team full of musicians renowned for their authentic playing of different world traditions. Alongside Kishon Khan (Hugh Masekela, Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura) the ensemble features the British Asian percussionist Pandit Dinesh, Bellowhead’s Justin ThurgurGraeme Flowers (Kyle Eastwood), Cuban maestro percussionist Oreste Noda (Ska Cubano) on congas and fellow Cuban, bassist Jimmy Martinez (Asere) alongside Phil Dawson (Hugh Masekela, Tony Allen) and Turkish drummer Tansay Omar (Bjork). 

Lokkhi Terra are also performing at the Songlines Encounters Festival on June 8 at London’s Kings Place. Click here for tickets.

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Guest Blog: Singer-songwriter Adjoa Owusu discusses music and food

Posted on February 20th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

World Food Night takes place this coming Friday (February 22) in association with Refugee Action. UK singer-songwriter Adjoa Owusu discusses her relationship with music and food through her Ghanaian roots

Born in the UK to Ghanaian parents, food and music have both been an important way for me to connect with my heritage. I grew up with a wonderful array of Ghanaian food around me; everything from jollof rice, a savory rice dish with meat and vegetables, to a huge variety of soups and stews.

These accompany starchy foods such as rice, fufu which is made from ingredients like pounded yam and plantain; or kenke, a dish made from fermented corn dough wrapped in corn leaves. Living in a global city like London means that you are surrounded by a myriad of cultures so I enjoy finding common traits and fusing these influences with Ghanaian cooking to give it my own unique slant.

“Refugee Action’s World Food Night is such a great way to celebrate the universal language of food and music…”

Like cooking, my music also fuses different influences. In Ghana, the local music and culture had a huge impact on me. I taught myself the piano, which I learnt in the UK from as early as I can remember; and many Twi gospel songs alongside English songs. Creating vocal harmonies to Twi songs was also a big passion. So it felt completely natural to fuse Ghanaian influences with my live soul performances.

As a language graduate and enthusiast, languages always find their way into my music. That’s why supporting Refugee Action’s World Food Night is such a great way to celebrate the universal language of food and music; and how it can bring people from all backgrounds together.

My musicians have worked with Ghanaian bands including Osibisa, KonKoma, as well as artists like Hugh Masekela, Courtney Pine and Beverley Knight. It was an honour to sing the Twi version of the Ghanaian national anthem with leading Ghanaian musician Alfred ‘Kari’ Bannerman for the launch of the 50th anniversary of the Ghanaian Independence celebrations in the UK at City Hall. Creating tracks for my new EP on my own label Cinnamon Sounds gave me the exciting opportunity to bring all these diverse elements together in the studio.


Adjoa’s new EP is available at and

In association with Bona Fide Studios and Platforma Arts.

To find out how to get involved with World Food Night click here or read about the event in our feature in the current issue of Songlines (March 2013, #90, p42).

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