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Sakifo Festival – St Pierre, La Réunion, June 1-3

Posted on July 6th, 2012 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

Words by Garth Cartwright
Photo by Pascal Quiquempoix

Sakifo has already been nominated by Songlines as one of the world’s 25 Best Music Festivals and its ninth outing proved it deserves all the accolades offered.

While the festival runs across Friday-Saturday-Sunday evenings a lot of good music also happens outside the festival: on Thursday night there were four stages of free music set up along the waterfront, while Sunday morning had maloya (La Réunion’s indigenous Creole sound) legend Danyel Waro performing on a tiny stage beside the sea. International acts included mighty soul singer Sharon Jones, France’s Tom Fire (imaginative dub) and Chinese Man (dancehall).

Best of all was the local talent: Christine Salem is surely the queen of maloya, her powerful voice and intense presence creating a trance music of great power. Salem also joined French band Moriarty onstage to tear through several old Leadbelly songs. Lindigo, a popular eight-piece maloya band, generated a huge sound that echoed across the ocean. And Waro was, as always, phenomenal.

La Réunion is a tropical island of great beauty and much fabulous music. Sakifo Festival gives you the chance to experience a local musical feast. See you there in 2013.


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Announcing the best of the summer festivals

Posted on March 22nd, 2012 in News, Recent posts by .

The June issue of Songlines (#84) – on sale April 27 – sees this year’s festival supplement featuring Songlines Top 10 UK Summer Festivals and Songlines 25 of the Best International Festivals.

Get your sun hats, tents and wellies at the ready for another year of festivals full of the most legendary names and the freshest talent on the world music scene. Here are the Songlines recommendations:

Songlines Top 10 UK Summer Festivals
Africa Oyé
Big Session Festival
Cambridge Folk Festival
HebCelt Festival
Larmer Tree Festival
Latitude Festival
Norfolk & Norwich Festival
Rhythms of the World
Shrewsbury Folk Festival
WOMAD Charlton Park

Songlines 25 of the Best International Festivals
Africa Festival, Germany
Chicago World Music Festival, USA
Druga Godba, Slovenia
Essaouira Gnawa & World Music Festival, Morocco
Ethno Port, Poland
Fes Festival of Sacred Music, Morocco
Festival on the Niger, Mali
FMM Sines, Portugal
Førde Traditional and World Music Festival, Norway
Guca Trumpet Festival, Serbia
Jeonju International Sori Festival, South Korea
Jodhpur RIFF, India
Kriol Jazz Festival, Cape Verde
La Grande Rencontre, Québec
Musiques Metisses, France
Oslo World Music Festival, Norway
Rainforest World Music Festival, Borneo
Sakifo Festival, La Réunion
Sauti za Busara, Zanzibar
Savannah Music Festival, USA
Sfinks Festival, Belgium
Sommelo Festival, Finland
Sziget, Hungary
Warsaw Cross Cultural Festival, Poland
WOMADelaide, Australia

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