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Songlines Best Albums of 2016

Posted on November 24th, 2016 in News, Recent posts, Reviews by .

Best Albums 2016

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.


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Now listen to this… Kefaya, Aziza Brahim and Fumaça Preta

Posted on February 12th, 2016 in Features, Recent posts by .

Songlines Playlist

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

Kefaya – ‘Indignados’
The London-based collective Kefaya (‘Enough’ in Arabic) who were a recent hit at Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow. Looking forward to their debut album, Radio International, due for release this summer.

Aziza Brahim – ‘Calles de Dajla’

Saharawi singer Aziza Brahim releases her third album Abbar el Hamada next month – her first since 2014′s Soutak. ‘Calles de Dajla’ was announced on Glitterbeat Records’ official SoundCloud profile – a beautiful taster of what’s to come.

Fumaça Preta – ‘Fumaça Preta’

The track from their eponymous debut in 2014. The thrilling psychedelic rock band return with their new album Impuros Fanáticos in March.

Zeca Pagodinho – ‘Deixa a Vida Me Levar’

A delightful samba oldie about the appreciation of life, ‘Deixa a Vida Me Levar’ (Let Life Take Me) is the title-track on Brazilian musician Zeca Pagodinho’s 2002 album.

Bob Marley & The Wailers – ‘Buffalo Soldier’

Last Saturday would have been reggae legend Bob Marley’s 71st birthday. The anniversary sparked celebrations in his home country of Jamaica, who have hosted special concerts and charity events in his honour.

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