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New issue of Songlines (March 2014, #98) on sale now

Posted on January 31st, 2014 in News, Recent posts by .


Angélique Kidjo, The Gloaming and Sidi Touré

The March 2014 issue of Songlines (#98) is on sale in the UK from today and features Songlines Music Awards 2013 winner and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo on the cover. Find out why she really is the indomitable Spirit of Africa.

The free Top of the World CD includes new tracks from Angélique Kidjo, Breabach and Mostar Sevdah Reunion.

In this issue, you can read about:

• Angélique Kidjo – We talk to the singer and activist prior to her new album and book release
• The Gloaming – The band bringing new vibrancy to the Irish music tradition
• Sidi Touré –The Malian singer is intent on putting his Songhai culture on the map
• Chris Strachwitz & Arhoolie Records – We talk to the founder of the ultimate American roots label
• Dammed Nations & Nuba Nour – The Egyptian group and a trio of Welsh musicians tell the story of their drowned homelands

• Beginner’s Guide to the fiery Scottish-Latin big band, Salsa Celtica
• Festival Pass to Poland’s Mazurkas of the World
• Postcard from Thailand
• My World: a five-track playlist (included on the Top of the World CD) and interview with political commentator and broadcaster, Andrew Marr
• Introducing Derek Gripper and La Chiva Gantiva
• Spotlight on fado singer, Carlos Do Carmo
• Quick Fire: Keziah Jones, Seth Lakeman and Duncan Chisholm
• What’s new, including Sam Lee’s latest music project that aims to unearth the folk songs and stories from World War I
• Reviews of the latest CD, book and world cinema releases

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10 reasons to buy the Aug/Sept 2013 (#94) issue of Songlines

Posted on August 13th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .


The brand new issue of Songlines is on sale and available in HMV, WHSmiths and ever-friendly independent magazine stores. Seen a copy and still not picked it up? Here are 10 reasons why you really should.

  • Cover star Gilberto Gil shares memories of his leading role in the 1960s tropicália movement with Caetano Veloso.
  • Béla Fleck speaks about his explorations into the banjo’s African roots.
  • Zimbabwean funksters Mokoomba talk about their home country’s minority cultures and their eclectic Afro-fusion.
  • Read about Festival Interceltique De Lorient in France, where all things Celtic are celebrated on a grand scale.
  • La Réunion’s Christine Salem discusses her personal connection between ancestral spirits and music.
  • Free CD with our ten Top of the World picks, plus five tracks picked by BBC DJ and folk connoisseur Mark Radcliffe.
  • ANOTHER bonus CD featuring music from our Norwegian friends, record label Etnisk Musiklubb.
  • More CD and World Cinema reviews than you can shake a stick at: dig in, digest and discover the world’s best new music and film.
  • Simon Broughton sends us a postcard from the Rainforest World Music Festival in Sarawak.
  • Have a peak at what we got up to at Glastonbury Festival 2013.

Click here to purchase your copy now!

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YouTube Playlist #94

Posted on August 2nd, 2013 in Recent posts by .

Now that you’ve read all about the music featured in the latest issue of Songlines, don’t forget you can also watch and listen to it on our YouTube playlist, which we compile every issue for your viewing pleasure. You can find the full playlist here.

Here are a few of its highlights:

Gilberto Gil
Alex Robinson speaks to the Brazil’s legendary statesmen about the 60s tropicália movement and how he has tried to bridge the gaps in Brazil’s class-ridden society.

Béla Fleck 
Béla Fleck, probably the finest banjo virtuoso in the world today, talks to Nigel Williamson about the instrument’s African roots.

We talk to the young Zimbabwean Afro-fusion band who are taking the world by storm.

Christine Salem
Jane Cornwell speaks to La Réunion’s rising maloya star.

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Aug/Sept 2013 issue of Songlines (#94) is on sale in the UK from today

Posted on July 19th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

Gilbero Gil, Béla Fleck and Mokoomba

The Aug/Sept 2013 issue of Songlines is on sale in the UK from July 19 and as well as our regular Top of the World CD, with ten tracks from the finest new releases from around the planet, the CD also includes five tracks selected by BBC DJ Mark Radcliffe.

The Top of the World CD includes tracks from Jupiter & Okwess International’s debut album; Afro-bossa nova from Brazilian Tiganá Santana; one of England’s finest contemporary songwriters Chris Wood; Irish supergroup Dervish; Argentinian cumbia from La Yegros; and recent WMN Battle of the Bands winner Simo Lagnawi.

There is also a bonus CD, which features music samplers from Norway’s Etnisk Musikklubb record label.

The magazine also includes…



• Gilberto Gil – The Brazilian superstar discusses his life in music and politics, from 60s Brazil to headlining WOMAD.
• Béla Fleck – Banjos, Africa and classical music: a chat with the bluegrass virtuoso. 
• Christine Salem – Trance and tradition: the maloya singer explains her spiritual roots.
• Mokoomba – The Afro-fusion band talk about life in Zimbabwe and their global success.
• Folk Debate – Contributors Howard Male and Tim Cumming duke it out over whether British folk music is ‘world’ music.

• Beginner’s Guide to Bonga, the Angolan singer-songwriter
• Postcard from Crete
• Backpage from Sarawak
• My World: a playlist and interview with BBC DJ and folk connoisseur Mark Radcliffe
• Grooves: Head hancho of his Mexican-idie band, David Wax; Karnatic composer and classical violinist Jyotsna Srikanth; and American folk’s electroacoustic alchemist, Sam Amidon
• News, including our preview of the London African Music Festival and a look back at Glastonbury 2013
• Reviews of the latest CD, book and world cinema releases

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