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Our second annual Songlines Encounters Festival starts in less than two weeks and we’ve got an exciting line-up for day two.
The accordion and tango is the red thread that runs through this special evening featuring three brilliant bands.
The concert opens with Lepistö & Lehti, the imaginative accordion and double bass duo from Finland. Nominated in our Songlines Music Awards 2011, accordionist Markku Lepistö and bass player Pekka Lehti have a shared heritage in the Finnish group Värttinä. Their collaboration as a duo is daring, innovative and virtuosic, combining the seductiveness of jazz and the sensitivity of chamber music with rare emotional warmth.
The evening then develops with the Kosmos Ensemble, a string trio plus Miloš Milivojević on accordion. Exploring rich textures, entrancing rhythms and influences from across the world (Arabic, Balkan, tango) with style and panache, the trio features Harriet Mackenzie on violin, Meg Hamilton on viola and Shirley Smart on cello.
The concert will conclude with the Fugata Quintet, an international group of instrumentalists playing the visceral and dramatic tango nuevo of Astor Piazzolla.
You can book your tickets by visiting the Kings Place website or by calling +44 (0)20 7520 1490. We hope to see you there!
With the Songlines Music Awards now in their third year, Songlines magazine is delighted to announce this year’s winners.
The awards recognise outstanding talent in world music and are voted by Songlines readers and the general public.
There are four categories: Best Artist, Best Group, Cross-Cultural Collaboration and Newcomer – the results from the initial vote generate the final nominees, the top four in each category.
The winners, selected by the Songlines editorial team, listed below, are published in the June issue of Songlines (#76)
A 16-track compilation album (SPLCD004) featuring the winners and all nominees is out now on CD and download. A Songlines Music Awards 2011 app, for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, is also available to download for free from the iTunes App store.
And the winners are…
(For the album Africa for Africa on Wrasse Records)
Femi Kuti will be presented with his Songlines Music Award at The Big Chill Festival on August 7
(For the album Hedonism on Navigator/Proper)
Bellowhead will be presented with their Songlines Music Award at WOMAD Charlton Park on July 28
(For the album AfroCubism on World Circuit)
AfroCubism will be presented with their Songlines Music Award at the Royal Albert Hall on June 27
(For the album Raghu Dixit on Vishal & Shekhar Music)
Raghu Dixit will be presented with his Songlines Music Award at Latitude Festival on July 17
“The Songlines Music Awards show both the quality and variety of what’s happening on the scene. From the iconic Femi Kuti to the brilliant collaboration that is AfroCubism, from the thrilling success of the English folk band Bellowhead to the rising star from India, Raghu Dixit. If you are interested in the music of the world start here.”
Simon Broughton, Songlines editor-in-chief
Watch our short film on the Songlines Music Awards 2011 winners with live performances and an introduction by Simon Broughton:
The June 2011 issue of Songlines is on sale in the UK from April 29 and includes our regular Top of the World CD with ten tracks from the finest new releases from around the planet, plus five tracks selected by British Asian musician-composer Nitin Sawhney.
The Top of the World CD includes tracks from the world-conquering bluegrass fiddler Alison Krauss and Union Station; Talvin Singh in collaboration with sitarist Niladri Kumar; Beninois collaboration between Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou and Angélique Kidjo; Afro-beat’s youngest son Seun Kuti & Egypt 80; Leading Baluchi benju player Abdulrahman Surizehi; and the new Touareg desert blues combo Terakaft, among others.
The main editorial features include:
• Songlines Music Awards 2011 – The Winners – And the winners of this year’s Songlines Music Awards are…click here
• The Battle of Balkan Brass – We head to the frontline as these Balkan brass giants prepare for battle.
• Sväng – Finland’s leading harmonica quartet introduce us to Svängism.
• Gnawa Masters of Morocco – A first-hand look into the mysterious world of the maalem spirit masters.
• Guinguettes – A retro revival of the French riverside music, dancing and dining scene – les guingettes.
• Festivals Guide 2011 – We highlight some of our favourite upcoming UK and international music festivals.
• Sounding Out Manchester, UK– all the best places to see and hear music in the northern musical hotbed.
• Beginner’s Guide to Malian kora maestro Toumani Diabaté.
• Postcard from Anogia, Greece.
• Backpage from Estonia.
• My World – British Asian musician-composer Nitin Sawhney.
• Grooves – Paul Duhaney, director of Liverpool’s annual Africa Oyé festival, Scottish folk musician and founder member of Idlewild Roddy Woomble and Marcus Britton, sousaphone player and musical director of Orkestra del Sol.
• News, including the inaugural Songlines Encounters Festival.
• Reviews of the latest CD, DVD and World Cinema releases.
Songlines magazine announces the final nominees of the Songlines Music Awards 2011 and releases a compilation album on March 21, featuring all 16 nominated artists.
With the Songlines Music Awards now in their third year, Songlines is delighted to announce the final nominees in the 2011 Songlines Music Awards. The Awards, voted by Songlines readers and the general public, aim to recognise and celebrate the wealth of outstanding musical talent from across the world that has been reviewed in Songlines magazine.
There are four categories: Best Artist, Best Group, Cross-Cultural Collaboration and Newcomer. The final nominees are the top four in each category from the public vote, profiles on all final nominees will be published in the April/May issue of Songlines (#75) on sale from March 18.
The winners of each category will be announced in the June issue (#76), on sale from April 29, 2011.
The 16 final nominees are:
Ana Moura (for the album Leva me Aos Fados on World Village)
Cheikh Lô (for the album Jamm on World Circuit)
Femi Kuti (for the album Africa for Africa on Wrasse)
Youssou N’Dour (for the album Dakar-Kingston on Universal)
Bellowhead (for the album Hedonism on Navigator)
Hanggai (for the album He Who Travels Far on World Connection)
Lepistö & Lehti (for the album Helsinki on Aito Records)
Terrakota (for the album World Massala on Ojo Musica)
AfroCubism (for the album AfroCubism on World Circuit)
Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Segal (for the album Chamber Music on No Format)
Kronos Quartet with Alim & Fargana Qasimov and Homayun Sakhi (for the album Rainbow – Music of Central Asia Vol 8 on Smithsonian Folkways)
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt & Matt Malley (for the album Sleepless Nights on World Village)
The Creole Choir of Cuba (for the album Tande-la on Real World)
Raghu Dixit (for the album Raghu Dixit on Vishal & Shekhar Music)
Syriana (for the album Road to Damascus on Real World)
Tamikrest (for the album Adagh on Glitterhouse Records)
A compilation album featuring all 16 final nominees will be released (on CD & download) on March 21 (SPLCD004). The Songlines Music Awards 2011 iPhone app, featuring profiles and music of all the nominees, is also available to download for free from the iTunes store.