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Top of the World albums: Songlines #126 (April 2017)

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

Here is our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the April issue of Songlines. Tracks from each of these albums are included on the free cover-CD with issue #126.

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Out Here Records
Luyando is a triumphant return from Zimbabwe’s favourite young band, full of slick vocal harmonies and catchy rhythms. The songs reflect the traditions and their roots in Tonga life.
Amazon | iTunes



Inna de Yard
The Soul of Jamaica
Chapter Two Records
Stripped down, roots reggae, featuring booming hand drums, muted trumpets, mellow guitar and soulful vocals.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify



Bargou 08
A no-nonsense electro-acoustic album recorded in a remote region of north-west Tunisia, known as the Bargou valley.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify



Maria Pomianowska
The Voice of Suka
For Tune
A beautiful and inventive album of Polish suka (fiddle) playing by a renowned collaborator. This lyrical composition is underpinned by vari-pitched drumming and wordless vocals.



Rhiannon Giddens
Freedom Highway
Nonesuch Records
This album strives to join the dots between slave narratives, the Civil Rights era and today’s Black Lives Matter movement.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify



La Mambanegra
El Callegüeso y Su Mala Maña
Movimientos Records 
Some of the most raw, passionate and visceral salsa being made anywhere in the world, featuring a tight and funky brass section, and led by vocalist and veritable engine-room Jacobo Vélez.



Tules Maas Vedes Taivaal
Bafe’s Factory
The debut from four highly versatile Finnish vocalists. Through beatboxing, singing, sighing and other vocal effects, they have created an album comprised entirely of vocal sounds.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify



Omar Puente
Best Foot Forward
OP Records
A varied and compelling album. Puente’s electric violin is enhanced by his multi-national sextet, creating a jazzy fusion imbued with a range of cultural influences.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify



Debashish Bhattacharya
Hawaii to Calcutta: A Tribute to Tau Moe
Riverboat Records
An endearing album mixing classics popularised by Tau Moe with Bhattacharya’s own compositions.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify



Warsaw Village Band
Sun Celebration
Jaro Medien
Global trance music with lyrical inspiration drawn from Poland’s oldest folkloric song material. The group’s signature massed vocals form the base of this texturely packed record.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

Pick up the April issue of Songlines to enjoy our Top of the World cover-CD, which contains tracks from each of the albums above. To find out more about subscribing to Songlines, visit:

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BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – The Winners Announced

Posted on April 27th, 2016 in News, Recent posts by .

Rhiannon Giddens BBC Folk Awards

Rhiannon Giddens, The Unthanks and Andy Cutting triumph at the 17th annual BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

Rhiannon Giddens (pictured) was named Folk Singer of the Year during a star-studded ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall earlier this evening. Born in North Carolina, the operatically trained vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops triumphed ahead of English folk stars Eliza Carthy, Sam Lee and Emily Portman.

The Musician of the Year accolade was given to melodeon supremo Andy Cutting, while teenage piping sensation Brighde Chaimbeul took home the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award.

The evening’s celebrations included performances from Joan Armatrading, who was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award, Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler, and popular Northumbrian group, The Unthanks, who won Best Album for Mount the Air. In honour of Sandy Denny’s induction into the Hall of Fame, Rufus Wainwright performed a rendition of Denny’s 1968 classic ‘Who Knows Where the Time Goes’ alongside members of Fairport Convention.

Find out more and watch highlights of the evening here.

2016 Award Winners

Folk Singer of the Year
Rhiannon Giddens
Best Duo
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
Best Group
The Young’uns
Best Album
The Unthanks - Mount the Air
Horizon Award
Sam Kelly
Musician of the Year
Andy Cutting
Best Original Track
‘Mackerel’ by The Rheingans Sisters
Best Traditional Track
‘Lovely Molly’ by Sam Lee
Young Folk Award
Brighde Chaimbeul
Lifetime Achievement Awards
Norma Waterson & Joan Armatrading
Good Tradition Award
John McCusker


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