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Introducing Songlines issue #126 (April 2017)

Posted on March 1st, 2017 in News, Recent posts by .


The April 2017 (#126) issue of Songlines is now on sale!

Our cover stars this issue are the young Zimbabwean band Mokoomba who are making a long-awaited comeback after their 2013 award-winning album.

musical-dynamiteIn this issue we also interview Warsaw Village Band about their collaborative approach to Polish folk music; Bollywood Brass Band and Jyotsna Srikanth talk about their latest project, Carnatic Connection; there’s a report from the Cappadox Festival in Turkey; a preview of a forthcoming photographic exhibition coming to London’s Royal Albert Hall; a Beginner’s Guide to the veteran Senegalese band, Orchestra Baobab; plus the latest CD, DVD, book and world cinema reviews. 


The Top of the World CD includes Mokoomba, Rhiannon Giddens, Omar Puente, Inna de Yard, as well as a guest playlist from the best-selling author and historian Peter Frankopan, featuring Lata Mangeshkar, the Russian Army Ensemble and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.



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The new November/December Songlines podcast is now available through iTunes

Posted on October 12th, 2012 in News, Recent posts by .

This podcast includes highlights from the November/December 2012 issue of Songlines (#88) opening with music from Bellowhead’s new album Broadside. Songlines editor-in-chief, Simon Broughton, plays an excerpt by Orchestra Baobab, a bonus track chosen by David and Peter Adjaye as part of their playlist this issue. There is also music from the bonus CD this issue –  a Welsh music sampler – compiled by Cerys Matthews.

Features include: Kathryn Werntz on the Mali crisis, Chris Moss on Daniel Melingo and Simon Broughton on the Sufi Sutra Festival. Nathaniel Handy brings you the latest news with music from Värttinä and more. The podcast ends with a track from Lau’s new album Race the Loser.

The next Songlines podcast, featuring highlights from the January/February issue (#89), will be available from December 7 2012.

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Celtic Connections 2012

Posted on January 20th, 2012 in Recent posts by .

Scotland’s annual folk, roots, indie and world music festival kicked off in Glasgow yesterday. Over 2,100 musicians are visiting 20 venues across the city for the 300 concerts, ceilidhs, art exhibitions, workshops and free events. As well as a traditional music revival, there’ll be the Senegalese supergroup Orchestra Baobab, Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Toure, Fado star Ana Moura and Faiz Ali Faiz from Pakistan.

The workshop programme means that festival-goers can have a go at almost any instrument they like, whether it’s the accordion, fiddle, ukulele, djembe or Irish pipes. You can even take your baby along to a Gaelic lullaby workshop if you like. If you’re a bit more advanced and would like to explore arrangement ideas and techniques that form traditional music, there’ll be a Traditional Strings Weekend Masterclass at the Fiddle Village, starting Jan 28.

The festival lasts until February 5 and will host some of our favourite artists. Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops will show off their recently expanded African-American string-band at the O2 ABC Glasgow tonight, and will be joined onstage by the Punch Brothers.

To get some kora action, head down to St Andrew’s in the Square on 26 Jan, where Senegalese griot singer and kora player Solo Cissokho will reunite with young Irish fiddle trio Fidel. Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara will also team up with the Michael McGoldrick Quartet to forge yet even more links between African and Celtic music for this event.

To kick off February, Isla St Clair has been added to the line-up for The Singing Land at the Old Fruitmarket on the 1st. She’s won several awards during her career, as well as being voted Best Female Folk Singer by the NME. Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Toure will be supported by Bwani Junction at The Arches on Feburary 5, who’ll be using a bit of reggae, Afro-beat and indie-pop in their music as usual. On the same night, Floating Palace will be at O2 ABC Glasgow, which will bring together KT Tunstall, Martin and Eliza Carthy and Howe Gelb for a musical collaboration.

There’s so much to choose from! Let us know which acts you’re looking forward to.

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World music gigs around the UK

Posted on January 18th, 2012 in Recent posts by .

Before the end of January creeps up on us, we’ve put together a short list of gigs happening around the UK (particularly outside of London)!


29 Jan – Orchestra Baobab
The Sage Gateshead, Gateshead
Catch the Senegalese super group, Orchestra Baobab, before they head to London. They’ll be fusing Afro-Cuban rhythm and Portuguese Creole melody with Congolese rumba, high life and local styles.

5 Feb – Vieux Farka Touré
The Arches, Glasgow
One of Mali’s biggest guitarists will be playing as part of Glasgow’s Celtic Collections festival at the Arches. The night will bring desert blues, rock, jazz and Malian sounds.

8 Feb – An Evening of Indian Classical Music
Colston Hall, Bristol
The Asian Arts Agency will be presenting a night of classical Indian music, with Kiranpal Singh Deoora on the santoor, Sri Surjeet Singh on the sarangi and Manjeet Singh Rasiya on the tabla. There’ll also be a pre/post talk and workshop so that you can get to know more about the music, musicians and instruments.

10 Feb – Sura Susso
Jam Café, Nottingham
Gambian kora player, musician, griot and virtuoso, Sura Susso, will be playing once again in the town where he is based in. This is an excellent chance to see him in a very intimate venue!

19 Feb – Julaba Kunda
Kitchen Garden Café, Birmingham
For a cross-cultural collaboration, the Kitchen Garden Café will be hosting two traditional fiddle players, one from West African and the other from Northern Europe. Who are these fiddle players? Juldeh Camara and Griselda Sanderson. Expect to see traditional folk music with a twist.

3 March – Martin Alvarado
Bishop Grosseteste University College, Lincoln
One of the most significant Argentinian Tango artists will be playing in Lincoln, accompanying himself on the acoustic guitar with a repertoire of tangos. He will also be playing in other cities around the country, such as Warrington, Brighton and Leominster.

24 March – Maniere des Bohemiens
Nottingham Contemporary’s Café bar, Nottingham
If you’re a fan of Gypsy Jazz, pop down to Nottingham Contemporary’s Café bar for a mix of energetic eastern European Gypsy-folk.

30 March – Roberto Fonseca
St George’s Bristol, Bristol
The Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca is one of the biggest names in world jazz. He’ll be presenting his latest ensemble, where Afro-Cuban dance music will meet improvisation.

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