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Songlines World Cinema Reviews #99

Posted on March 14th, 2014 in Recent posts, Reviews by .


The latest world cinema and DVD reviews featured in the new issue 

Are you a film buff? We’ve collected trailers from all the world cinema reviews in our current issue (April/May 2014, #99).

In Cinemas

Peter Gabriel: Back to Front
BAFTA-winning director Hamish Hamilton captures Peter Gabriel’s unforgettable Back to Front concert performed at London’s O2 last October.

The Past
Iranian director Asghar Farhadi returns with an intelligent social drama starring The Artist’s Bérénice Bejo.

The Lunchbox
An unlikely couple are brought together in this uplifting and highly original romantic drama set in India’s vibrant mega-city, Mumbai.

Abdijan-born director, Katell Quillévéré, delivers an absorbing observation of one woman’s life and the bonds that make and break a family.


Fill the Void
Rama Burshtein directs a fascinating portrait of Tel Aviv’s orthodox Hasidic community.

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BBC 4 World Music Season

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


Words by Gus Isherwood, photo by Henryk Kotowski

BBC 4 to show a new series on world music 

BBC 4 kicks off a new world music season on Friday August 23 with the documentary How to be a World Music Star that follows the growth of world music since the 80s. The first instalment of a three-part series traces the careers of the Bhundu Boys, Baaba Maal, Buena Vista Social Club and Mariza in an exploration of what it takes to become a global music star.

Also on Friday August 23 The A-Z of World Music delves into the BBC archive for performance and documentary footage from a range of global musicians who have appeared on programmes such as Rhymes of the World, Wogan, Later with Jools Holland, Top of the Pops and the Nana Mouskouri Show. 

Flamenco: In Search of the Soul of Spain looks at the remarkable journey of the musical style (Aug 25). Flamenco, the product of impoverished Gypsies, has become a celebrated aspect of Spanish culture. The programme will feature exclusive performances by professional artists, gypsy housewives, dance students and activists.

On September 6, the season’s final programme, Youssou N’Dour – Voice of Africa tells the incredible story of Senegal’s most renowned singer and composer (pictured above), from a life in music to a life in politics. There will be appearances from artists Peter Gabriel and Neneh Cherry, as well as Youssou’s friends, family and band members, plus musical performances and rare footage.

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The Voice Project supports victims in Central Africa

Posted on September 10th, 2012 in News, Recent posts by .

What do you get when a man with a few famous friends uses Karinthy’s Six Degrees of Separation to send a message (and a song) around the world? You get the Voice Project, a charity that aims to support the victims of Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The charity came about when Hunter Heaney heard groups of widows and rape victims writing and singing songs of a style called dwog paco whilst working at an Internally Displaced Person’s camp in northern Uganda. These songs encouraged child soldiers who had escaped Kony’s LRA to return home and be forgiven for the atrocities they were forced to commit. Taking inspiration from the women’s groups and the increasing success in their mission, Heaney, along with friends Anna Gabriel (daughter of Peter) and Chris Holmes of indie band Ashtar Command, set out to bring more exposure to dwog paco and the issue facing the women’s groups in North Uganda.

The project revolves around the idea of ‘cover chains’, whereby one artist will cover another, who will then go on to cover a third artist and so on. Artists involved with the project so far include Angélique Kidjo, Emmanuel Jal, Peter Gabriel and Billy Bragg among others, as well as many choirs in Uganda singing in both Acoli and Luo languages.

The Voice Project take their cue from Olivier Urbain, author of Music and Conflict Transformation, who says ‘The real question is why has it taken so long? It is high time for the human brain and heart to join forces to explore and apply the power of music for peaceful and effective conflict transformation.’ The project says that they apply this principles to their mission, ‘utilizing the power of music to affect positive social change, alleviate suffering and promote human rights around the globe.

For more information and to support the project, please visit the Voice Project website.

And to whet your appetite, here’s a video of South Sudanese former child soldier Emmanuel Jal’s a capella version of ‘Road to Zion’.

You can watch more of the Voice Project’s videos on their YouTube channel here.

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Hippity Hoppity Farm Festival (or Hop Farm, as it’s more commonly known)

Posted on April 1st, 2012 in Recent posts by .

Peter Gabriel’s band the New Blood Orchestra will make their only UK festival appearance of the summer alongside Bob Dylan, Damien Rice, Primal Scream, Suede, new sensation Lianne la Havas and Patti Smith at the Hop Farm Festival from June 29 to July 1.

The five-year old festival prides itself on being independent and has no VIP areas and a back-to-basics style. Yet, regardless, the Kent-based festival still attract a stellar lineup each year. Past acts have included Prince, Manu Chao, Morrissey, Paul Weller, Neil Young, Noah and the Whale, Laura Marling, Johnny Flynn, British Sea Power, Guillemots, Rufus Wainwright, Mumford and Sons, Los Lobos, Seasick Steve, Tuung, Afro Celt Sound System, the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble…!

The festival will have four music stages this year including the Camp Acoustic stage and Buskers Boulevard as well as more new, exciting additions to be announced in due course.

Hop Farm Music Festival prides itself on offering great value for money for festival goers with no booking fee, no parking charge, no camping charge and no charge for children under 12. The festival is also offering the first 10,000 customers even better value with a special weekend ticket price of just £150 which includes a 3 day ticket plus 4 days camping and parking.

For more details and full festival line up, visit

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