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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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Celebrating Sanctuary London Festival 2013

Posted on May 27th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

Etran Finatawa

Celebrating Sanctuary returns as part of Refugee Week

Returning to London this year is the highly anticipated Celebrating Sanctuary London Festival (June 16, 21 & 23). Once again, the festival kick starts Refugee Week (June 17-23)

The annual free festival celebrates the artistic heritage of the UK’s refugee communities – shedding light on their contributions and their influence on cultural life in the capital. For the first time, this year’s Celebrating Sanctuary not only launches Refugee Week, it also returns to Bernie Gardens on the Southbank and to Rich Mix throughout the week. Last year’s festival played host to over 25,000 visitors, with this year looking set to exceed those numbers. 

Headliners this year include:

Etran Finatawa (Niger) Featured in the upcoming issue (July 2013, #93) the African desert-blues four piece come together in solidarity with Celebrating Sanctuary to raise awareness on turbulent political climate in the Sahel region, whilst sharing its rich musical heritage. 

Sam Carter & Lucky Moyo (UK/Zimbabwe) An exciting collaboration between BBC Folk Award winner Sam Carter and Zimbabwean Lucky Moyo, whose choral music draws inspiration from his travels throughout 30 countries – he will be joined by his six-piece African choir. 

Lokkhi Terra (UK) Spanning the sounds of Bangladeshi folk and Cuban rumba, the London based fusion band treat listeners to a melting pot of sounds inspired by the musician’s varying backgrounds. Lokkhi Terra will also be playing at this years Songlines Encounters Festival (June 8) at Kings Place. 

Katy Carr (UK) Nominated for her latest album at the Songlines Music Awards 2013, Katy graces Celebrating Sanctuary with her band The Aviators, telling a musical story to the audience that evokes  an emotional response to the struggle of being a Polish refugee in WWII.

Yiddish Twist Orchestra (UK) Multi-cultural magpies Ben Mandelson and Natty Bo invite us on a journey through London’s diverse musical history; including ventures into klezmer from the East End’s Jewish population, calypso from London’s West Indian communities and rock’n’roll – all with a dash of Latin dance music. 

The Embassy of Refugees (UK) A dramatic art installation by London architect Natasha Reid; the curved timber pavilion inspired by a tree canopy’s natural refuge will host a series of talks that explore the issues surrounding ‘sanctuary’ in art, history and politics. 

More details and announcements will be announced on June 13 on their website

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The Heliocentrics – 13 Degrees of Reality Show at XOYO

Posted on May 24th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

Words by Luke Shekerali

A unique blend of astral funk and psychedelic hip-hop instrumental music this July in London

Introducing us to material from their latest LP 13 Degrees of Reality, The Heliocentric’s show at London’s XOYO (July 9) is set to be an exceptional performance. 

With their unique blend of psychedelic instrumental hip-hop with a twist of funk, The Heliocentrics prove why they have toured and collaborated with some of the biggest names in instrumental music in their decade of existence. From DJ Shadow and Madlib to Ethiopian jazz maestro Mulatu Astatke, they continue to explore the possibilities that arise from their myriad of influences – African, Latin and more. 

Support will come in the form of hip-hop experimentalist Paul White, featuring his band Mo Kolours. With his brand of new wave psychedelia, he has made a huge impact on the leftfield hip-hop scene, producing the bulk of rising US rap star Danny Brown’s forthcoming album. 

The chance to hear the amalgamation of all that is experimental in contemporary music is one that should not be missed. 


Date: Tuesday, July 9, 7-11pm
Venue: XOYO
Tickets: £12 EBs, £15 advance, more on the door

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BT River of Music Oceania Stage Tickets Now Available

Posted on June 12th, 2012 in Recent posts by .

As July approaches there is a fast growing feeling of anticipation in the capital for what is sure to be remembered as London’s unforgettable summer – whether for the wealth of events or transport chaos. 

While there will be more displays of athletic agility than my lazy self can handle, the bounty of cultural events is due to make a bigger splash in London than all the Olympic divers combined. BT River of Music, a two-day free event jam-packed with artistic superstars and musical debutants, is one of those events.

Today, BT River of Music released tickets for the Oceania Stage at the Royal Naval College in Greenwich. The stage will feature iconic artists including Frank Yamma, Gurrumul and Narasirato, all recent Songlines Top of the World artists. The Australian underground heroes The Barons of Tang will be making their first UK performance and The Black Arm Band Company, an indigenous Australian group, will be presenting a specially commissioned collaboration with the alternative Welsh folk band 9Bach. 

Also to feature on the Oceania stage is David Bridie’s Wantok Musik Sing Sing, where 24 artists from 18 island nations will grace the stage to explore shared traditions. You can read more about David Bridie and Sing Sing in our current issue (p42-43). 

Tickets are free, though there is a small booking fee of £3. Tickets for the Americas, Asia and Africa stages have already been released. For more details on the line-up or how to book your ticket, please visit the BT River of Music website:

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