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WOMAD Charlton Park 2017: Saturday

Posted on July 30th, 2017 in Live, Recent posts by .

Seu Jorge WOMAD

Photography by Tom Askew-Miller

The Saturday at WOMAD might have been a bit damp, but Seu Jorge and Toko Tolo brought a bit of musical sunshine to the fields

The name of Toko Tolo from Madagascar means ‘Group of Three’. But sadly there were just two on stage at the BBC Charlie Gillett Stage on Saturday afternoon as accordionist Regis Gizavo died just two weeks ago, aged just 58. The remaining members, guitarist D’Gary, who plays with a quirky finger-picking style, and singer Monika Njava are both top artists in their own right. We think of Madagascar as Africa, but the stripped-down sound underlined its Indian Ocean qualities and its links to the east. Hearing their music, it’s no surprise to learn that the word for canoe is the same in Malagasy as Maori. Their performance was bold and ebullient, but it’s no insult to them to say Regis Gizavo’s absence was felt. His funeral was also on Saturday in Madagascar.

Toko Telo

Ifriqiyya Electrique in the Big Red Tent solved in a powerful and innovative way the problem of putting ritual on stage. In this case it was the possession and trance ceremonies of the Banga in the south of Tunisia. Like the Gnawa in Morocco, this community of black African origin use trance as a healing force and guitarist François Cambuzat and bassist Gianna Greco spent months filming the rituals and perform on stage along with that film and three Banga musicians on drums and metal castanets. With Cambuzat’s punk sensibilities, sometimes it’s pure noise, but to powerful effect. You see flailing arms, contorting bodies, heads swaying back and forth; you hear spiritual songs, follow processions, catch a goat sacrifice and feel almost like you’ve witnessed these ceremonies for yourself. Talking to people in the audience afterwards, they were deeply moved by what they’d experienced. The music isn’t easy, the rituals are sometimes disturbing, but Ifriqiyya Electrique have a clear vision and integrity in what they’re doing.

I wish the same could be said for Lamomali, which features French rocker Matthieu Chedid with some stellar Malian musicians including vocalist Fatoumata Diawara and Toumani and Sidiki Diabate on koras. Chedid, better known in France as -M-, has a strikingly high voice thatsometimes blends rather effectively with the ten-strong group on stage, except he spends most of the time upstaging them with grungy electric guitar riffs and what look like triangular aluminium spectacles. While he jumps and prowls, attracting attention to himself, his musical contributions transform Malian gold into bland Europop. Quite an achievement. It’s been very successful in France and almost justifies Brexit.

Much more tasteful was Seu Jorge’s The Life Aquatic tribute to Bowie. The Siam tent was packed, because Bowie, who died in January last year, is a national hero, but also because it was the best place to get out of the heavy rain. Sitting alone on stage with his guitar, surrounded by Aquatic paraphernalia, he launched into ‘O Astronauta de Marmore’. Occasionally he would stop singing and the audience would take over: ‘There’s a starman waiting in the sky, he’d like to come and meet us, But he thinks he’d blow our minds.’ Seu Jorge’s sweet voice made Bowie sound very Brazilian and the meeting of cultures – Bowie as a bridge between Britain and Brazil – unlike Lamomali, was very touching.

Raquel Tavares WOMAD

The evening ended with Portuguese fado singer Raquel Tavares. She’d performed the Songlines Fado Series on Friday night in London and reminded us that people fear coming to the UK because of terrorist attacks. Although she’s directly from the fado tradition, she wasn’t dressed in the customary black dress, but a One Love Manchester sweat shirt and leather trousers. She’s got a strong, deep voice and a playful manner on stage. After a set of fados, she ended with fado-like ‘Back to Black’ by Amy Winehouse proving, like Seu Jorge, that British pop is also world music.

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Now listen to this… Shye Ben Tzur, Slow Moving Clouds and Blick Bassy

Posted on December 11th, 2015 in Features, Recent posts by .

Songlines Playlist

Here at Songlines HQ we’re always on the lookout for the most exciting music from around the world. Check out our playlist of the latest tracks that we’ve been listening to.

Shye Ben Tzur – ‘Dawn’
A track that predates his Junun work by a couple of years. Its video is a great watch with a particularly humorous introduction.


Blick Bassy – ‘Wap do Wap’
‘Wap do Wap’ is the third track on Cameroon singer-songwriter Blick Bassy’s newest album Akö (reviewed in #110). Short and sweet, it is a delightful tune backed by delicate horns and hushed vocals.


Slow Moving Clouds – ‘Devil’s Polska’
A track from the debut album by the Irish/Finnish collaboration, Slow Moving Clouds. The trio of cello, fiddle and nyckelharpa perform lush, atmospheric melodies – slow moving indeed! This track not quite so lethargic, but just as heavy and dark. Read a review of the album in next issue (#115, on sale January 29).


Ata Kak – ‘Daa Nyinaa’
The Ghanaian highlife/electronic icon kickstarted the popularity of Awesome Tapes from Africa, the cassette-digging brainchild of Brian Shimkovitz. Ata Kak will embark on his first-ever European tour this summer, which will include Field Day festival.


Seu Jorge – ‘Tive Razão’
The opening track from Brazilian musician Seu Jorge’s 2005 album Cru, ‘Tive Razão’ is a smooth acoustic romantic ballad with stripped down production and mellow melodies.

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Staff Picks | Our favourite Brazilian songs

Posted on June 6th, 2014 in News, Recent posts by .


It’s impossible to escape, so better to embrace the carnival atmosphere taking over the world the next six weeks. Here are some of our favourite Brazilian tracks and records.

Jorge Ben – ‘Mas Que Nada’ Nasim
Nothing like a classic.


Caetano Veloso & Gilberto Gil – Tropicália 2 Jo
It was the summer of 1994 and I was working at a jazz festival in France where I got my first taste for Brazilian music. The whole place seemed to be gripped by football mania, especially all the visiting Brazilian musicians!


Jorge Ben – ‘Ponta de Lanca Africano (Umbabarauma)’ Simon
I’m afraid it’s a football song. I think umbabarauma is slang for dribbling.  The lyrics translate as ‘see how the whole city empties out on this beautiful afternoon, just to see you play.’ Nice video to match.


Furacao 2000 – ‘Mengao 2000’ Alex de Lacey
A bit silly, but reminds me loads of a few summers back, had it on repeat driving around. Perhaps just Favela Booty Beats in general.


Injecao – ‘Deise Tigrona’ Edward
Going to have to agree with Alex above; it’s all about the booty bass this summer.


Seu Jorge – ‘Carolina’ Alexandra


Gilberto Gil & Jorge Ben – ‘Filhos de Gandhi’ Amar


Marcelo D2 & Claudia – ‘Desabafo/Deixa Eu Dizer’ Rebecca


In the new July (#101) issue, Russ Slater talks to Gilles Peterson about his latest Brazilian project and we also reveal our Essential Ten new Brazilian artists. Buy the new edition here.


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Katie Derham’s playlist and the 10 best new releases

Posted on December 6th, 2013 in Recent posts by .

The January/February 2014 (#97) issue includes our regular Top of the World CD with ten tracks from the world’s finest new releases. The CD also includes five tracks selected by BBC Radio and TV presenter Katie Derham.


The Top of the World CD includes tracks from Congolese legends Black Bazar; banjo whizz Noam Pikelny; Brazilian music icon Siba and many more.

Pick up your copy here, at selected UK HMV stores, selected WHSmiths and all good record retailers. Feast your ears on these fresh new tracks:

* Black Bazar ‘Black Bazar Round 2 (radio edit)’ on Lusafrica
* Siba ‘Preparando o Salto (Prepare to Jump)’ on Mais Um Discos
* Ellika, Solo & Rafael ‘Sanka/Virrvals’ on Country & Eastern 
* Noam Pikelny ‘Cheyenne’ on Compass Records
* Eliades Ochoa ‘All Along the Watchtower’ on Buda Musique
* Arun Ghosh ‘Sufi Stomp (Soul of Sindh)’ on Camoci Records
* Alsarah ‘Salaam Nubia’ on The Nile Project
* Will Pound ‘Amazing Grace’ on Lulubug Records
* Mamar Kassey ‘La Famille’ on Innacor Records
* Ashwini Bhide Despande ‘Ustav Pancham se Gara’ on East Meets West Music

Plus Katie Durham’s playlist:

* Milton Nascimento ‘Louva-a-Deus’ on Warner Bros Records
* Seu Jorge ‘Carolina’ on Mr Bongo
* Joyce Moreno ‘Cidade Maravilhosa’ on Far Our Recordings
* Bebel Gilberto ‘Bananeira’ on Ziriguiboom
* Amicklar & Chocolate ‘Som de Preto’ on Mr Bongo

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