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Now listen to this… Melingo, Calypso Rose and The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians

Posted on July 15th, 2016 in Features, Recent posts by .

Calypso Rose

It’s been a long time coming but it’s finally back, our listening playlist returns as normal with a selection of five videos from artists that have been on the Songlines radar.

Melingo – ‘En un Bosque de la China’
This new track is the first to be unveiled from rebel alt-tango singer Melingo’s new album ANDA, due for release in September. It’s fairly light and mellow vibe is paired with a faux-horror visual to accompany it.


Calypso Rose – ‘Calypso Queen’
The queen of calypso teamed up with Manu Chao for her latest album that covers a range of social issues – such as being a woman in a man’s business on this track – with her effortless, summery Caribbean flair.


Foster Manganyi – ‘Ndzi Teke Riendzo’
If you feel you’ve heard this recently, then you probably recognise the drum and bass line from Jessy Lanza’s hit from earlier this year. I’ve always had a soft spot for Shangaan Electro when the summer comes around again, and this record from 2010 (Honest Jon’s Records) ticks all the boxes.

Quantic Presents Flowering Inferno feat U-Roy & Alice Russell – ‘A Life Worth Living’

Record producer and musician Quantic (with a little help from some special guests) put on a stellar performance at this year’s Glastonbury Festival. This track is the second on his new Flowering Inferno project which is reviewed in the new issue (#120).


The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians with Noura Mint Seymali – Richa
The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians were also another exceptional act to play at Glastonbury alongside composer and Damon Albarn. They put on a show at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall the following day, with this stunning performance with Noura Mint Seymali being one of the night’s highlights.

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Now listen to this… Porter, Moddi and Vula Viel

Posted on June 1st, 2016 in Features, Recent posts by .

Songlines Playlist

Our listening playlist returns with five great tracks, old and new, from artists who have recently been on the Songlines radar.

Porter – ‘Huitzil’
Words from editor-in-chief Simon Broughton: “I was just at the EXIB Música in Evora, Portugal where I was shown an extraordinary video of the Mexican band Porter. The song is called ‘Huitzil’ which sounds like it might be Aztec or something, but my Mexican colleague didn’t know anything about the extraordinary costumes or imagery.”


Moddi – ‘Punk Prayer’
From the forthcoming album Unsongs by the Norwegian singer-songwriter Moddi, this is a version of Pussy Riot’s ‘Punk Prayer’ song. Moddi’s album is a collection of songs he’s gathered from around the world from artists who have been censored, exiled, imprisoned and even murdered. Unsongs is released in September and Moddi will be performing at the Oslo World Music Festival in November.


Abraham Brody – ‘Teka Saulė’
Abraham Brody is a young and talented violinist who creates innovative organic compositions based on the music of his Lithuanian ancestors. He is to record his debut album later this year.

Vula Viel – ‘Yes Yaa Yaa’

Taken from the quintet’s debut album, this track highlights everything great about Vula Viel (Good is Good). Led by classically-trained percussionist Bex Burch, the group’s blend of electronica and Ghanaian Dagaare xylophone grooves have impressed audiences around the country. 


Os Apolos – ‘Ilyne’
‘Ilyne’ by Os Apolos is one of the fascinating tracks taken from Analog Africa’s new compilation Space Echo – The Mystery Behind the Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed. The new collection is another to add to the record label’s enthusiastic exploration of the music of South America and Africa.

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Now listen to this… Bombino, Maarja Nuut and Sona Jobarteh

Posted on April 22nd, 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.

Maarja Nuut – ‘Hobusemäng’
North Estonian fiddler and singer Maarja Nuut has finished work on her new album Une Meeles, which will be released on June 3. ‘Hobusemäng’ is the second track from the long-awaited album.


Sona Jobarteh – ‘Gambia’
This is the latest track from Gambian kora player Sona Jobarteh. There’s a new album out later this year and she’s been hard at work setting up the Gambia’s first Mande music school. Read more in next issue (June 2016, #118) on sale May 6.


Midnight Groovers – ‘O Ti Yo’
This track by the Dominican kadans (cadence rampa) band is from the Sofrito: International Soundclash compilation from 2012. It is a perfect track for any summer playlist, and Sofrito are celebrating their 10th anniversary this month.


Bombino – ‘Akhar Zaman’
This track is the first on Nigerien guitarist Bombino’s latest album Azel. Here’s a recent performance of the song in a studio session.

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Now listen to this… Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble, Tom Robinson and Full Attack Band

Posted on March 17th, 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.

Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble feat Rhiannon Giddens, Michael Ward-Bergeman & Reylon Yount – ‘St James Infirmary Blues’
This is an advance preview of the forthcoming album Sing Me Home, by the Silk Road Ensemble, which features artists from all around the world including Toumani Diabaté, Martin Hayes and Shujaat Khan. This is what they describe as a Taraf de Haidouks-inspired version of ‘St James Infirmary’ with singer Rhiannon Giddens.


Tom Robinson – ‘Mighty Sword of Justice’
Featuring guests including Billy Bragg, Lisa Knapp and Gerry Diver who also produced his latest album Only the Now. Check out Tom Robinson’s Songlines’ playlist and interview in the June issue (#118, out May 6).


Full Attack Band – ‘Four Letter Short’
The kooky, groovy band fronted by saxophonist and composer Alejandro Toledo. This track, featuring the excellent Fedzilla, is from their debut album, 1001, which will be reviewed in our next issue (#117, out April 1).


Family Atlantica – ‘Enjera’
The Songlines Music Award 2014 Newcomer winners return with their sophomore release, Cosmic Unity, on May 13 (Soundway Records). This is the first taster from the album; an intoxicating instrumental number packed full of Ethiojazz groove.


Exuma – ‘Damn Fool’
Bahaman musician Exuma was a one of a kind artist, mixing junkanoo, ballad and calypso to create music that was almost unclassifiable. This track is the first on his second album, Exuma II, released in 1970.

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