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Words by Rose Skelton
Sierra Leone’s reggae band, the Refugee All Stars, emerged from the refugee camps born of the brutal civil war that ended a decade ago. This is their third studio album, following the brassy New Orleans-tinged winner of their last release, 2010’s Rise & Shine. The band has since toured the world before going to Brooklyn to record with producer Victor Axelrod, who has worked with Amy Winehouse and Afro-beat outfit Antibalas. He has taken this music in new and exciting directions – through dub and old school reggae – and the tightness and confidence of the sound indicates that the band has grown together. The result is both fresh and mature, with hip beats underpinning deep grooves and fabulous vocals, occasionally shimmying off into vintage soukous and Afro-beat for a reminder that these tunes come from West Africa.
Sung in a multitude of languages, including the deliciously expressive Krio – a patois of English and local languages – the songs go from the roughly hewn chant of ‘Goombay Interlude: Rain Come Sun Come’ to the smooth ‘Kali’ which oozes joy from its tropical guitar riffs. There is some deep dub-infused reggae (‘Work It Brighter’) and some that sounds like it could have come out of the Caribbean a few decades ago (‘Remake the World Again’). These are the songs of a fabulous, gifted band: down to earth, full of life and absolutely going in the right direction.
Listen to a choice track from Radio Salone on the Top of the World CD included with the current issue (#84 June 2012).
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Acclaimed actor Simon Russell Beale playlist and the 10 best new releases in the June issue of Songlines (#84)
The June 2012 issue of Songlines – on sale April 27 – features a free covermount CD packed full of the best new sounds from around the world, plus 5 tracks selected by acclaimed actor Simon Russell Beale.
The issue also features the second free CD Back2Black Festival Sampler.
The Top of the World CD includes tracks from Irish folk legends The Chieftains; Cuban jazz pianist Roberto Fonseca; Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars; Solomon Islands pan-pipers Narasirato; Cajun supergroup The Band Courtbouillon; and the Angolan street sound of Batida, among others.
Pick up your copy here on the website, at selected WHSmith’s and at all good record retailers. Feast your ears on these all-new tracks:
* Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars ‘Gbara Case’ on Cumbancha
* Roberto Fonseca ‘Quien Soy Yo’ on Jazz Village
* The Chieftains ‘The Frost is All Over’ on Concord
* Diabel Cissokho ‘Karambaya’ on World Village
* Soumik Datta & Bernhard Schimpelsberger ‘Orion’ on Baithak Records
* Cathy Jordan ‘The Bold Fenian Men’ on Blix Street Records
* The Band Courtbouillon feat. Wayne Toups, Steve Riley & Wilson Savoy ‘The Bosco Blues’ on Valcour Records
* Batida ‘Alegria’ on Soundway Records
* Dulsori ‘The Beat’ on ARC Music
* Narasirato ‘Mane Paina’ on Smash
Plus Simon Russell Beale’s playlist:
* Mzetamze ‘Suliko’ on Wergo
* Kapela Eugeniusz Wilczek Band ‘Nuty Sabalowe, Pre Zielone Jare Zytko, Sabalowe’ on Polskie Radio
* Anatoli Kuular ‘Borbangnadyr with Stream Water’ on Smithsonian Folkways
* Tenores di Bitti ‘Anghelos Cantade’ on Real World
* Philip Koutev National Folk Ensemble ‘Kaji, Kaji, Angjo’ on JVC/Victor Entertainment
This podcast includes highlights from the July 2011 issue of Songlines (#77) opening with music by Songlines Music Awards newcomer winner Raghu Dixit, our cover artist this issue. Songlines editor in chief, Simon Broughton, plays an excerpt by the Lijadu Sisters, a bonus track chosen by Kevin Macdonald as part of his playlist this issue. There is also music from the bonus second CD with this issue – Brazilian Sampler from Bahia.
Features include: Robin Denselow and his interview with Raghu Dixit, Simon Broughton on Hungarian group Söndörgö, who will be performing at the Songlines Encounters Festival and Roger Hahn with music by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Nathaniel Handy brings you the latest news with the Official UK World Music Album Chart and more. The podcast ends with music by Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars (Cumbancha).
The next Songlines podcast, featuring highlights from the August/September issue (#78), will be available from July 22 2011.
The July 2011 issue of Songlines is on sale in the UK from June 10 and includes our regular Top of the World CD with ten tracks from the finest new releases from around the planet, plus a second free CD showcasing music from Bahia, Brazil. The Top of the World CD also includes five tracks selected by award-winning Scottish film director Kevin Macdonald.
The Top of the World CD includes tracks from the Afro-Peruvian singer Susana Baca; Anglo-Ethiopian collective Dub Colossus; rising Portuguese fado singer Carminho; Texan bluegrass instrumentalist Sarah Jarosz; Pakistani qawwali singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan; and Norwegian traditional folk duo Nils Økland and Sigbjørn Apeland, among others.
The main editorial features include:
• Raghu Dixit – Robin Denselow visits the charismatic singer at his home in South India.
• Amadou & Mariam – Welcome to Haiti – the Malian duo become UN ambassadors.
• Frank Yamma, Telek and David Bridie – A new record label bringing a wealth of Aboriginal and Melanesian talent to the fore.
• Sarah Jarosz – The young, multi-talented Texan singer set to shake up the bluegrass world.
• Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars – Making music out of adversity, the group are bringing their joyous music to the UK.
• Söndörgö – Scintillating music from a band of brothers (plus cousin and friend) from Hungary.
• Sounding Out Portland, USA – all the best places to see and hear music in the hip West Coast hangout.
• Beginner’s Guide to Cuban Buena Vista chanteuse Omara Portuondo.
• Festival Profile: Sziget, Hungary.
• Postcard from Shetland, Scotland.
• Backpage from Norway.
• My World – award-winning Scottish film director Kevin Macdonald.
• Grooves – British veena player Hari Sivanesan, David Buttle, founder of London’s Latin music label Mr Bongo, and young English folk singer and fiddler Jackie Oates.
• News, including the inaugural Songlines Encounters Festival and Refugee Week.
• Reviews of the latest CD, DVD and World Cinema releases.