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10 Reasons to buy the April/ May 2013 (#91) issue of Songlines

Posted on March 20th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

The new issue of Songlines is on sale now and – like an generous, juicy BLT – it is packed full of delicious ingredients. Here are just 10 of this issue’s features to whet your appetite: 

  • Cover star Rokia Traoré talks about her new rock influences, working with PJ Harvey’s producer and Mali’s predicament.
  • The guessing game is over – we announce the nominees for the Songlines Music Awards 2013.
  • Mali Latino Trio and Lokkhi Terra discuss their Afro-Cuban-Bengali-jazz collaboration for this year’s Songlines Encounters Festival.
  • Read about Malaysia’s Rainforest World Music Festival, the magical event transforming the culture of Sarawak, Borneo.
  • Canadian trio of old-style Americana, The Be Good Tanyas, talk about tours and tribulations. 
  • Kora stories from Malian harp genius Ballaké Sissoko.
  • Free CD with our ten Top of the World picks, plus five tracks picked by British composer Jocelyn Pook.
  • More CD and DVD reviews than you can shake a stick at: dig in, digest and discover the world’s best new music.
  • Sam Lee sends us a postcard from Bangladesh, where he swapped songs with local musicians.
  • The story on innovative Congolese band Staff Benda Bilili‘s shock split.

Click on the cover image to the right to purchase a copy.

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April/May 2013 issue of Songlines (#91) is on sale in the UK from today

Posted on March 15th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

The April/ May 2013 issue of Songlines is on sale in the UK from March 15. As always, it comes with our Top of the World compilation CD, featuring ten tracks from the finest new albums from around the planet. The CD also includes five tracks selected by the British composer and viola player Jocelyn Pook, revealing her interest in Balkan brass, Brazilian forro and more. 

The Top of the World CD includes tracks from Malian cover star Rokia Traoré; charming young Mancunian fiddler Emma Sweeney; American old-time duo Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott; oddball balladry from Alasdair Roberts & Friends;  Columbian psychedelia from Los Pirañas and expertly executed Bulgarian folk from Eva Quartet & Hector Zazou.

 

 

 

 

 This issue’s features include:
• Songlines Music Awards 2013 – The 16 nominees are announced!
• Rokia Traoré – The Malian superstar singer on her life, music and new rock-influenced album.
• Ballaké Sissoko – The kora star shares his story with Rose Skelton.
• Rainforest Festival – The world music festival transforming arts, culture and lives in Sarawak, Borneo
• The Nile Project – Simon Broughton on the musical project bridging communities together over the River Nile.

Regulars

• Beginner’s Guide to Ana Moura, Portugal’s star of modern fado.
• Festival Profile: Poland’s Ethno Port festival.
• Postcard from New Orleans – Garth Cartwright visits the Mardi Gras.
• Backpage from Bangladesh – from Mercury nominee Sam Lee.
• My World – composer and viola player Jocelyn Pook.
• Grooves – Sudanese-Italian singer Amira Kheir, Transglobal Underground’s multi-instrumentalist Tim Whelan and Welsh accordionist Jamie Smith.
• News, including the UN Women’s official anthem and Staff Benda Bilili’s break-up.
• Reviews of the latest CD, DVD and world cinema releases.

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The new April/May Songlines podcast is now available through iTunes

Posted on March 15th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

The new Songlines podcast brings you highlights from the jam-packed April/May 2013 issue, plus extra features and bonus content. It opens with a great track from one of Mali’s foremost artists, Rokia Traoré, taken from her brilliant forthcoming album Beautiful Africa. Songlines editor-in-chief, Simon Broughton, introduces a track by the queen of fado pop, Ana Moura, star of this issue’s Beginner’s Guide. She’s also playing at this year’s La Linea Festival in April – don’t miss it.

Then there’s more from Rokia Traoré, as writer Robin Denselow interviews her about her new Mali-goes-rock album, produced by John Parish. Other features include the announcement of the final 16 nominees for the Songlines Music Awards 2013 by Nasim Masoud; and Simon Broughton’s report on the amazing music and culture of the Rainforest World Music Festival in Sarawak, Borneo. Nathaniel Handy brings you the latest in music news from around the world with an excerpt from the UN Women’s song, ‘One Woman’ and more.

There’s also a fantastic track by Bengali-meets-Afrobeat fusioneers Lokkhi Terra, who are performing at Songlines Encounters Festival at London’s Kings Place on June 8.

As if all that weren’t enough, the next Songlines podcast, featuring highlights from the June 2013 issue (#92), will be available from April 26 2013.

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Songlines’ recommended festival list for 2013 announced…

Posted on March 7th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

Our definitive guide to music festivals around the world

The June issue of Songlines (#92) – on sale April 26 – includes this year’s definitive festival guide featuring Songlines Top 10 UK Summer Festivals and Songlines 25 of the Best International Festivals. 

Hearing great music in the comfort of your home is one thing, but nothing beats pulling on your mud-caked wellies, slapping on a generous helping of factor 50 and heading out into a field to really experience the music. Therefore we have handpicked the top festivals you should visit to experience the best the world and folk music scenes have to offer.

Here are the Songlines recommendations:

Africa Oyé
Cambridge Folk Festival
Hay Festival
HebCelt Festival
Glastonbury Festival
Larmer Tree Festival
Norfolk & Norwich Festival
Shrewsbury Folk Festival
Towersey Festival
WOMAD Charlton Park

Africa Festival, Germany
Afrikafestival Hertme, The Netherlands
Afro-Pfingsten Festival, Switzerland
Druga Godba, Slovenia
Essaouira Gnawa & World Music Festival, Morocco
Ethno Port, Poland
Fes Festival of Sacred Music, Morocco
FMM Sines, Portugal
Førde Traditional and World Music Folk Festival, Norway
Guca Trumpet Festival, Serbia
Jeonju INT’L Sori Festival, South Korea
Jodhpur RIFF (Rajasthan International Folk Festival), India
Kriol Jazz Festival, Cape Verde
La Grande Rencontre, Canada
Music Meeting, The Netherlands
Musiques Metisses, France
Oslo World Music Festival, Norway
Rainforest World Music Festival, Borneo
Sauti za Busara, Zanzibar
Savannah Music Festival, USA
Sommelo Festival, Finland
Sziget, Hungary
Ulsan World Music Festival, South Korea
Warsaw Cross Culture Festival, Poland
WOMADelaide, Australia

For full profiles of each festival, pick up a copy of the June 2013 (#92), on sale April 26.

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