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World music: the rising stars

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

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Every year, Songlines recognises an emerging artist or group who have made an outstanding album, and winners of the Newcomer Award invariably go on to have bright futures. Mokoomba (pictured above) won the Award in 2013, and you can find out all about their latest project in the April 2017 issue (#126). Meanwhile, here on the Songlines website we’ve gathered together fascinating features and interviews with other previous winners of this prestigious award.

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Songhoy Blues won the  Newcomer category in the Songlines Music Awards 2016. Hailed as ‘Mali’s Next Big Thing’, the young band have continued to ride on a much-deserved wave of success.

Read the article: ‘Songhoy Blues: Songhai Stars’ 

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Winner of the Newcomer Award in 2015, Ibibio Sound Machine’s British-Nigerian singer Eno Williams talks to Alexandra Petropoulos about her role as a storyteller.

Read the article: ‘Introducing… Ibibio Sound Machine’

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Family Atlantica carried off the Songlines Newcomer Award in 2014. Russ Slater talks to the band that unites traditions, stories and rhythms across the Atlantic in a wave of Afro-Latin grooves. (Photograph by Alex Harvey-Brown)

Read the interview: ‘Family Atlantica: a family affair’

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The story of Fatoumata Diawara’s rise to fame includes winning the Songlines Newcomer Award in 2012. She chats to Rose Skelton and explains about how she found her voice. (Photograph by Youri Lenquette)

Read the interview: ‘Fatoumata Diawara: “my voice was my first companion”’

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Robin Denselow catches up with Songlines’ 2011 Newcomer Award-winner, Raghu Dixit, and reflects on the young singer’s remarkable career to date. (Photograph by Nikhil Madgavkar)

Read interview: ‘The Rise and Rise of Raghu Dixit’

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Since winning the Newcomer Award in 2010, Deolinda have been taking Portugal by storm. (Photograph by Isabel Pinto)

Read interview: ‘Deolinda: the fresh face of fado’

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Indo-Canadian singer Kiran Ahluwalia has moved away from her ghazal tradition and come up with a whole new musical genre: a Touareg-ghazal-qawwali fusion. She talks to Li Robbins about her new-found love for music from the Sahara. (Photograph by Fernando Elizalde)
Read the interview: ‘Kiran Ahluwalia: mix and match’

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Mali: discover the music

Posted on November 3rd, 2016 in Features, Recent posts by .

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Today, Mali remains a wellspring of extraordinary music and culture. Here is our essential guide to Malian music, including revealing articles about leading musicians, from Ali Farka Touré to Songhoy Blues and Toumani Diabaté, and videos of exciting live performances. But we begin with an overview of the key artists and albums…

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After much deliberation, we are proud to present the top 25 albums to come from Mali, reminding us that there is an endless amount to celebrate in its music.

Read the article: ‘Top 25 Mali albums’

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Songhoy Blues won the Newcomer category in the Songlines Music Awards 2016. Hailed last year as ‘Mali’s Next Big Thing’, the young band have continued to ride on a much-deserved wave of success.

Read the article: ‘Songhoy Blues: Songhai Stars’ 

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Recorded shortly before his death in 2006, Ali Farka Touré’s Savane took him to new heights of critical acclaim. “Absolutely perfect – a truly great piece of work,” was the judgement of Ry Cooder and it’s impossible to find a single voice raised in disagreement.

Read the article: ‘Ali Farka Touré: a beginner’s guide’

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The South African guitarist Derek Gripper is intent on bringing new audiences to Mali’s kora repertoire. Simon Broughton talks to him, on his first visit to the country to meet the instrument’s most famous player.

Read the article: ‘Derek Gripper: kora quest’

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Is it possible for any article about Amadou & Mariam not to include the words ‘blind married couple’ in the opening sentence? There, I’ve just gone and done it again. It is an odd kind of badging when we’re talking about musical communication that, after all, engages our ears rather than our eyes. As Mariam puts it, “People know we are blind, but it is our work that counts”.

Read the article: ‘Amadou & Mariam: a beginner’s guide’

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The young Touareg band are striking out from under Tinariwen’s shadow and doing their own thing. Andy Morgan reports…

Read the article: ‘Introducing… Imarhan’

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Nigel Williamson speaks to the Malian singer about her career, which has been dedicated to offering African women a voice and correcting gender inequalities.

Read the article: ‘Oumou Sangaré: a beginner’s guide’

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The kora has become almost synonymous with the music of Mali. Nigel Williamson examines the career of its chief exponent Toumani Diabaté

Read the article: ‘Toumani Diabaté: a beginner’s guide’

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They Will Have to Kill Us First OST: Exclusive Album Stream

Posted on September 14th, 2016 in News, Recent posts by .

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Listen to an exclusive stream of the original soundtrack for the film They Will Have to Kill Us, which will be released this Friday

Johanna Schwartz’s mesmerising documentary, They Will Have to Kill Us First, follows the plight of musicians caught up in Mali’s socio-political tragedy. The documentary has won plaudits worldwide, and has been credited with catapulting young Malian quartet Songhoy Blues onto the international stage.

Music is at the heart of Malian culture. The soundtrack features unreleased material from some of the country’s icons including Toumani Diabaté, Bombino and Ali Farka Touré, as well as original compositions from Yeah Yeah Yeah’s frontman, Nick Zinner, who produced Songhoy Blues’ acclaimed debut record.

Enjoy the album in full below.

The album is released Friday, September 16 on Transgressive Records. Pre-order your copy.

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Songhoy Blues and Sam Lee & Friends to perform at Songlines Music Awards Winners’ Concert

Posted on May 25th, 2016 in News, Recent posts by .

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Songhoy Blues and Sam Lee & Friends have been added to the Songlines Music Awards Winners’ Concert line-up

The 2016 Songlines Music Awards Winners’ Concert will be held at the Barbican on October 3, and celebrates the variety of musical talents highlighted in Songlines magazine.

Malian desert blues band Songhoy Blues and folk singer-songwriter and co, Sam Lee & Friends, join fado singer Mariza and Indian classical guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya on the evening’s bill. 

Songhoy-Blues-©Andy-Morgan-FreeSonghoy Blues’ impressive and adventurous debut, Music in Exile, was released last year on Transgressive Records. The music showcased the band’s raw and rocking sound, and highlighted them as one of Mali’s most exciting musical exports of recent times. They won the Newcomer category in this year’s Songlines Music Awards.

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Folk troubadour Sam Lee has rambled far and wide across the nation, learning the songs of Travellers and Gypsies, absorbing plenty of stories along the way. He brought these stories to light on The Fade in Time, and with his band provided a bold musical backdrop to tell them against. He won the Europe category in this year’s Songlines Music Awards.

Votes for the awards came in from readers, contributors and the general public. View the full list of winners here.

Tickets are available on the Barbican’s official website.

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