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Live Review | Songlines Encounters Festival, Kings Place, June 6

Posted on June 9th, 2015 in Live, Recent posts, Reviews by .

Shikor Bangladesh All Stars Lokkhi Terra

Photography by Haydn Wheeler

Read our review of Thursday (June 4) with Gisela João and Monsieur Doumani
Read our review of Friday (June 5) with Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat, Duncan Chisholm and Afriquoi

The Shikor Bangladesh All Stars and Lokkhi Terra brought the fifth Songlines Encounters Festival to a lively finale

The fifth Songlines Encounters Festival was hugely enjoyable; from the cheeky songs of the Cypriot trio Monsieur Doumani to the captivating singing of Iranian sisters Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat, the festival was chock-full of outstanding music. However, the third and final day offered something a bit different – music that rarely makes it outside of its own country’s borders and a joyous big band fusion.

The evening started with Shikor Bangladesh All Stars performing their UK premiere. With some impressive manes to go around – from Rob Fakir’s bushy beard to the dhol player’s luscious locks – the Bangladeshi band brought the traditional sounds of their home country to Kings Place.

Labik Kamal Gaurob – who played the distinctive khomok, a combination of a percussion and string instrument – introduced the band members one by one throughout the set. There was Rob Fakir on the four-stringed dotara, Nazrul Islam on the dhol and his brother Mobarak on mandira (finger cymbals), Jalal Ahmed on the bansuri (flute) and Anup Kumar Mandal (aka Bappi) on tabla. The singing was shared between the lived-in, husky voice of Rob Fakir and the more velvety tones of Gaurob. Gaurob also introduced each song, trying to explain the significance of the poetry, though he admitted that the concepts were hard to translate. It was an excellent set of traditional music seldom heard outside of Bangladesh.

For the second half of the show, Shikor were due to join London-based collective Lokkhi Terra for a special collaboration. But first, Kishon Khan, Lokkhi Terra’s pianist and frontman, wanted to “show off the band” before Shikor came back onstage. After two tracks by Lokkhi Terra, Shikor’s flute player, Ahmed, and dhol player, Nazrul, came back onstage to join in.

It was easy for an audience member to sceptically raise a brow at the thought of combining Shikor’s traditional Baul music with Lokkhi Terra’s feisty Cuban-Bangladeshi mix; Kishon even joked with the audience, “you might be wondering how this will work.” But, and perhaps this is a testament to the outstanding calibre of the evening’s musicians, what followed was a match made in heaven.

With Ahmed and Nazrul back onstage, they played an excellent percussion-driven track in an unusual 13-time, which showed off some jazzy flute and excellent drumming, particularly on dhol. Next, Fakir, Gaurob, and Mobarak returned to stage for a bluesy number – a poem by the Baul saint Lalon Fakir that lent itself splendidly to a bluesy mood. That in turn was followed by another Lalon song, this time jazzier. It was astounding how jazzy the odd little khomok could sound!

There was a little bit of everything throughout the set (even a touch of reggae), but both bands held together the pieces of their multi-layered fusion with a deftness that only top-notch musicians can manage. And in true Lokkhi Terra fashion, audience members were up in the aisles by the end – the comfy seats in Kings Place were no match for these grooves.

All in all, it was an outstanding conclusion to the Songlines Encounters Festival, which leaves us counting down the days until 2016’s festival.

Shikor Bangladesh All Stars

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Live | Music for Change – Global Sounds, August 25

Posted on August 13th, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .


Kalakuta Millionaires, She’Koyokh and Jaipur Kawa Brass Band are among the acts performing as part of Music for Change’s Global Sounds on August 25

Founded in 1997, Music for Change specialise in educational projects and celebratory events. Taking place in Canterbury’s Dane John Gardens, on August 25 (Bank Holiday Monday) Music for Change will present Global Sounds – a free family-friendly celebration of music from around the world.

Following a hectic summer schedule with headline performances at Glastonbury Festival, Latitude Festival and Secret Garden Party, Afro Orchestra collective Kalakuta Millionaires (pictured) will bring their blend of jazz, funk and soul to the Global Sounds stage.

Also making an appearance are Indian horn heavy Jaipur Kawa Brass Band, London-based She’Koyokh, West African percussionist Musa M’Boob & XamXam and Whitstable embedded Samba Pelo Mar. A variety of dance and music workshops will be taking place across the day.

Free admission. Find out more about Music for Change and this event here

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Top of the World: She’Koyokh – Wild Goats & Unmarried Women

Posted on May 22nd, 2014 in Recent posts, Reviews by .


Words by Garth Cartwright

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She’Koyokh have carved out a reputation as one of the UK’s brightest world music bands. These young Londoners effortlessly blend vernacular music from Turkey, the Balkans and Eastern Europe to create a very exciting whole. Klezmer is at the root of She’Koyokh’s sound and ‘Der Filosof/Flatbush Waltz’ is a lovely slice of soulful klezmer sung by tuba player Paul Tkachenko. But rather than endlessly play variations on klezmer tunes, they have expanded their sound into a rich tapestry. In concert, She’Koyokh are never less than brilliant yet their previous studio albums have often felt a little stiff, as if the band freeze up without an audience. Wild Goats & Unmarried Women finds them raising their game, sounding more organic, unhurried, looser and more dynamic.

As ever, the interplay between these eight musicians is superb – clarinettist Susi Evans, guitarist Matt Bacon and violinist Meg-Rosaleen Hamilton weave intricate, complex melodies over an impressive rhythm section, while vocalist Çiğdem Aslan (whose debut album Mortissa was one of Songlines’ picks of 2013) sings with mournful beauty on tunes such as ‘Moj Dilbere’ and ‘Teke Zortlatmasi’. The only improvement I can imagine to the band’s sound would involve them further exploring the more psychedelic, trance-like elements of their music – Balkan raga rock drones. But Wild Goats… remains a hugely enjoyable listen.

Track to Try: ‘Moj Dilbere’

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April 2014: Top 10 UK Live Events

Posted on April 1st, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .

We’ve compiled a list of the top ten concerts happening this April to help make sure you don’t miss out on this month’s best shows.

Seun Kuti & Fela’s Egypt 80

The youngest son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti plays a one-off gig in London in support of his new album A Long Way to the Beginning. Co-produced by Robert Glasper the new album features powerful songs including a piece confronting the IMF’s involvement in Nigeria, and an ode to his grandmother, ‘Black Woman’. Expect to hear these and more at this very special concert. 

Where & When: Village Underground, London, April 2. More info.


Julie Fowlis

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Our current cover star will tour the UK this spring. Having recently finished toured with The Transatlantic Sessions, the Gaelic songstress will play four dates in April, and a further three in May. Her album Gach Sgeul – Every Story is a Top of the World in the current issue, too. This is not to be missed!

Where & When: Across the UK, April  8-May 27. More info.


Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyaté


The glorious combination of multi-talented beatboxer/singer/guitarist Joe Driscoll and Guinean kora player Sekou Kouyaté will tour the UK this April. Their album Faya was nominated for the Cross-Cultural Collaboration award in the 2013 Songlines Music Awards, and their live show is set to be an explosive affair.

Where & When: Across the UK, April 4-27. More info.



Music from the cultural melting pot of Victoria Falls.

Hot off the heels of their incredible performance at the Songlines Music Awards Winners’ Concert last December, Mokoomba return to the UK with their live show. The Zimbabwean band were winners of the Newcomer award in the 2013 Songlines Music Awards with Rising Tide.

Where & When: Across the UK, March 30-April 13. More info.




London-based klezmer band She’Koyokh head further afield and play dates in Norwich and Cambridge this April. They are fronted by Çiğdem Aslan, who has been nominated for Best Artist as part of this year’s Songlines music Awards. The winners willl be announced in out 100th issue (on sale April 25).

Where & When: Norwich Arts Centre, April 25 & Clare Hall, Cambridge April 26.


Roberto Fonseca + Family Atlantica


Legendary Cuban jazz pianist Roberto Fonseca will play a special one-off show at London’s KOKO this April, with support from Songlines favourites Family Atlantica.

Where & When: KOKO, London, April 8. More info.




The 11-piece folk heavyweights recently picked up the award for Best Album at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for their album Broadside, and will play two dates this April.

Where & When: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, April 19 & Royal Albert Hall, London, April 20.


Ed Motta


The Brazilian multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter will tour as part of the La Linea Latin Music Festival Tour. He will be playing tracks from his new album AOR, and  support will come from the talented cellist Dom La Nena.

Where & When: Across the UK, April 3-9, with more dates to be announced. More info.


Christy Moore


Christy Moore is playing six dates across the UK this April, with a full tour of Ireland in May. The founding member of Moving Hearts, released Where I Come From last year – 45 years after his debut – and he’s showing no signs of letting up soon.

Where & When: Across the UK, April 10-18. More info.


Steve Knightley


The Southampton born songwriter – and member of Show of Hands – starts a four-month tour, which will included an appearance at Larmer Tree Festival in July, this April.

Where & When: Across the UK, April 2-30. More info.





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