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The Bollywood Brass Band started playing Diwali parties, then found themselves doing British Asian weddings and finally concerts. They’ve now gigged all over Europe and even India. After meeting Indian Karnatic violinist Jyotsna Srikanth at the Bradford and Belfast Melas, they decided to begin working together and have just released a new collaborative album, Carnatic Connection. ‘‘No, violin and brass aren’t regular partners,” laughs Srikanth. “They’re more like enemies in fact!” Simon Broughton talks to Srikanth and the Bollywood Brass Band about their collaborative project in the latest issue.
Songlines’ editors Jo Frost and Simon Broughton select their favourite albums of 2016
Jo Frost and Simon Broughton have handpicked their ten favourite albums of the year from over 700 featured reviews. These are the albums they found themselves returning to over and over, and the discs that made a lasting impression. Here are their choices for year’s greatest albums, but be sure to pick up a copy of the new issue (January/February 2017, #124), on sale December 9, for a full rundown.
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Anda Union – Homeland
(Hohhot Records, will be reviewed in #124)
These are distinguished songs about nature, history and identity from this nine-strong Inner Mongolian group, featuring horse head fiddles and growly throat singing.
Bollywood Brass Band & Jyotsna Srikanth – Carnatic Connection
(Bollywood Brass Band, will be reviewed in #124)
An energetic and cinematic journey south, with fuel provided by Jyotsna Srikanth’s Karnatic violin. Renditions of AR Rahman compositions appear alongside South Indian musical gems.
Calypso Rose – Far from Home
(Because Music, reviewed in #120)
With the help of Manu Chao, the Calypso queen represents her home country of Trinidad and Tobago, covering a range of social and political issues with a contemporary Caribbean flair.
Roberto Fonseca – ABUC
(Impulse!, reviewed in #123)
A raucous, dizzying journey back and forth through Fonseca’s Afro-Cuban musical heritage. An ambitious and convincing offering from the young maestro.
Derek Gripper – Libraries on Fire
(Derek Gripper, reviewed in #119)
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.
Kefaya – Radio International
(Radio International Records, reviewed in #122)
This debut album fizzes with the energy of the international collective’s acclaimed live shows and is hard hitting with its political commentary.
Lakou Mizik – Wa Di Yo
(Cumbancha, reviewed in #117)
Lakou Mizik’s debut is a passionate tribute to the people and culture of Haiti. Formed in the aftermath of the country’s 2010 earthquake, the collective deliver a project of celebration and hope.
Leyla McCalla – A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey
(Jazz Village, reviewed in #119)
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.
Vaudou Game – Kidayú
(Hot Casa Records, reviewed in #122)
Vaudou Game take a magpie-like approach to African music styles, uniquely blending Afrobeat, Ethio-jazz and highlife for an album that is unpredictable and fresh from start to finish.
Various Artists, featuring Musicians of the Calais ‘Jungle’ – The Calais Sessions
(Sessions of the World, will be reviewed in #124)
An extraordinarily and moving collaborative album. The resilient testament to the human spirit will reduce you to tears, but also uplift your heart.
Internationally acclaimed performer and composer of Karnatic Indian music, Jyotsna Srikanth is currently on tour in the UK with her Bangalore Dreams ensemble.
Raised in the classical tradition of Karnatic music, Jyotsna Srikanth is also an accomplished performer of Indian contemporary music, Western classical music, jazz and fusion. Her collaborations include Nordic Raga jazz quartet and Season4/6, a project for violin and Western orchestral ensemble inspired by the six South Indian ragas for the seasons. Having arrived in the UK from Bangalore in 2004, she is now one of the leading figures playing and promoting Indian music in Europe.
Her latest album Call of Bangalore was released in 2013 on Riverboat Records and was a Top of the World selection in our August/September edition (#94). Read our interview with Jyotsna in the current issue.
Watch Jyotsna Srikanth’s Bangalore Dreams perform at the London International Arts Festival 2013:
2014 UK tour dates:
November 16 - Tara, Reading
November 18 - Portland Arms, Cambridge
November 19 - Latest Bar, Brighton
November 21 - Jazz Bar, Edinburgh
November 24 - Gallery Cafe, London
November 26 - St John’s Chapel, Chichester
November 27 - Magic Garden, London
November 28 - Luna Lounge, London
November 30 - Jamboree, London