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Songlines Music Awards 2013 Winners, Best Group: Lo’Jo

Posted on December 9th, 2013 in Live, News, Recent posts by .


Photograph by Michael Putland

With 30 years under their belt, Lo’Jo’s tenth studio album Cinéma El Mundo topped many Best Of lists last year, confirming their position as one of the world’s leading musical outfits. This Friday (December 13), Lo’Jo will perform at London’s Barbican Centre as part of this year’s Songlines Music Awards Winners’ concert.

The collective of musicians from the south-west of France known as Lo’Jo has been going strong for 30 years now. Their tenth album, Cinéma el Mundo, betrays no sign at all that they intend to slow down, and features prestigious musical guests such as the legendary Robert Wyatt (who opens the album intoning in French) and Ibrahim Ag Alhabib from Tinariwen.

Back in 1982, Lo’Jo’s lead singer Denis Péan and his violinist friend Richard Bourreau started playing and recording together. Both were studying classical music, but were just as interested in the music of Léo Ferré, John Coltrane and punk. They were invited to contribute music to performances by a local street-theatre company called Jo Bithune, and toured the world with them as part of a show called Décrocher La Lune (Unhook the Moon). It exposed them to many different genres of music, and they returned home from their travels with a collection of new instruments and influences from Mali, Turkey, Egypt and Cambodia.

Péan and Bourreau have remained the core of Lo’Jo over several line-up changes across the years. The band is currently a six-piece, with Middle Eastern harmonies provided by the singing sisters Nadia and Yasmina Nid el Mourid, bass from Nicolas ‘Kham’ Meslien and drums by Baptiste Brondy. Lo’Jo have embraced French chanson and musette, jaunty reggae, African, Arabic and Gypsy flavours; they are a world music institution that remains stylishly, quintessentially French.

Click here to book your tickets for the Songlines Music Awards 2013 Winners concert

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Watch new music video from Lo’Jo

Posted on November 21st, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .


France-based musicians and Songlines Music Awards 2013 winners Lo’Jo recently unveiled a new video for ‘La Marseillaise en Créole’, taken from their tenth studio album Cinéma el Mundo.

The video was directed by Sonia Gemayel and features all six members, including founding members Denis Péan and Richard Bourreau.

Lo’Jo will perform alongside Angélique Kidjo, Dub Colossus Dub Band and Mokoomba at our second Songlines Music Awards Winners’ concert at London’s Barbican on Friday, December 13.

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Songlines Music Awards 2013 Winners’ Concert Announced

Posted on June 6th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

Following last year’s sell-out concert at London’s Barbican Centre, we’re delighted to announce this year’s winners’ concert on Friday December 13. All four winners will be performing: One of Africa’s most exciting live acts Angélique Kidjo (Best Artist), Zimbabwean sensation Mokoomba (Newcomer), French collective Lo’Jo (Best Group) and reggae/jazz fusion act Dub Colossus (Cross-Cultural Collaboration).

Tickets are now on sale from the Barbican Box Office on +44 (0)20 7638 8891 or online at

Watch performances from all four artists in our official Songlines Music Awards Winners’ 2013 video:

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The Songlines Music Awards 2013 Winners

Posted on April 25th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

Launched in 2008, the Songlines Music Awards celebrate and acknowledge the breadth of musical talents from around the world featured in Songlines magazine. From over 600 albums to a shortlist of 16, we have finally selected four outstanding artists. 


Best Artist – Angélique Kidjo
For Spirit Rising on Wrasse Records 

As one of Africa’s most exciting live acts, it’s surprising that it’s taken the effervescent Kidjo this long to get around to an in-concert album. Recorded in Boston, the set showcases her impressive diversity, augmented by a procession of celebrity guests.





Best Group – Lo’Jo
For Cinéma el Mundo on World Village 

Sounding as fresh and intriguing as ever after their 30 years together, the French collective’s tenth album offers the usual enticing global pick’n’mix of musical influences and styles. The great Robert Wyatt is among the guests supporting the enigmatic poetry and singing of Denis Péan and the thrilling voices of the el Mourid sisters.




Cross-cultural Collaboration – Dub Colossus
For Dub Me Tender Vol 1+2 on Real World

Woozy but sprightly dub remixes from former Transglobal Underground man Nick Page and his Addis/London collective. Taking material from their previous releases and mixing Ethio jazz with Jamaican reggae, the album impressively manages to combine an authentic 70s dub aesthetic with the crisp definition of modern production.




Newcomer – Mokoomba
For Rising Tide on Zig Zag World/IglooMondo

A young band from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, Mokoomba make a joyful noise and their debut is full of energetic playing, produced with impressive polish by Zap Mama’s Manou Gallo. The raw, potent vocals of Mathias Muzaza are particularly striking and they’re great live – last year’s performance at WOMEX blew away even the most jaded. 





Watch our brand new Songlines Music Awards 2013 video below, featuring a performance from each winner.

You can purchase the official Songlines Music Awards 2013 compilation album exclusively on Amazon for £2.99, OR only £1.99 if purchased with any other world music album (offer available until June 30). Click here to get your copy.

Photos: Angélique Kidjo, Jed Root; Lo’Jo, Michael Putland; Dub Colossus, Abate Damte; Mokoomba, Roel Determeijer

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