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Launched in 2008, the Songlines Music Awards celebrate and acknowledge the breadth of musical talents from around the world featured in Songlines magazine. From over 600 albums to a shortlist of 16, we have finally selected four outstanding artists.
Best Artist – Angélique Kidjo
For Spirit Rising on Wrasse Records
As one of Africa’s most exciting live acts, it’s surprising that it’s taken the effervescent Kidjo this long to get around to an in-concert album. Recorded in Boston, the set showcases her impressive diversity, augmented by a procession of celebrity guests.
Sounding as fresh and intriguing as ever after their 30 years together, the French collective’s tenth album offers the usual enticing global pick’n’mix of musical influences and styles. The great Robert Wyatt is among the guests supporting the enigmatic poetry and singing of Denis Péan and the thrilling voices of the el Mourid sisters.
Cross-cultural Collaboration – Dub Colossus
For Dub Me Tender Vol 1+2 on Real World
Woozy but sprightly dub remixes from former Transglobal Underground man Nick Page and his Addis/London collective. Taking material from their previous releases and mixing Ethio jazz with Jamaican reggae, the album impressively manages to combine an authentic 70s dub aesthetic with the crisp definition of modern production.
A young band from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, Mokoomba make a joyful noise and their debut is full of energetic playing, produced with impressive polish by Zap Mama’s Manou Gallo. The raw, potent vocals of Mathias Muzaza are particularly striking and they’re great live – last year’s performance at WOMEX blew away even the most jaded.
Watch our brand new Songlines Music Awards 2013 video below, featuring a performance from each winner.
You can purchase the official Songlines Music Awards 2013 compilation album exclusively on Amazon for £2.99, OR only £1.99 if purchased with any other world music album (offer available until June 30). Click here to get your copy.
Photos: Angélique Kidjo, Jed Root; Lo’Jo, Michael Putland; Dub Colossus, Abate Damte; Mokoomba, Roel Determeijer
The new issue of Songlines is on sale now and – like an generous, juicy BLT – it is packed full of delicious ingredients. Here are just 10 of this issue’s features to whet your appetite:
- Cover star Rokia Traoré talks about her new rock influences, working with PJ Harvey’s producer and Mali’s predicament.
- The guessing game is over – we announce the nominees for the Songlines Music Awards 2013.
- Mali Latino Trio and Lokkhi Terra discuss their Afro-Cuban-Bengali-jazz collaboration for this year’s Songlines Encounters Festival.
- Read about Malaysia’s Rainforest World Music Festival, the magical event transforming the culture of Sarawak, Borneo.
- Canadian trio of old-style Americana, The Be Good Tanyas, talk about tours and tribulations.
- Kora stories from Malian harp genius Ballaké Sissoko.
- Free CD with our ten Top of the World picks, plus five tracks picked by British composer Jocelyn Pook.
- More CD and DVD reviews than you can shake a stick at: dig in, digest and discover the world’s best new music.
- Sam Lee sends us a postcard from Bangladesh, where he swapped songs with local musicians.
- The story on innovative Congolese band Staff Benda Bilili‘s shock split.
Click on the cover image to the right to purchase a copy.
The April/ May 2013 issue of Songlines is on sale in the UK from March 15. As always, it comes with our Top of the World compilation CD, featuring ten tracks from the finest new albums from around the planet. The CD also includes five tracks selected by the British composer and viola player Jocelyn Pook, revealing her interest in Balkan brass, Brazilian forro and more.
The Top of the World CD includes tracks from Malian cover star Rokia Traoré; charming young Mancunian fiddler Emma Sweeney; American old-time duo Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott; oddball balladry from Alasdair Roberts & Friends; Columbian psychedelia from Los Pirañas and expertly executed Bulgarian folk from Eva Quartet & Hector Zazou.
This issue’s features include:
• Songlines Music Awards 2013 – The 16 nominees are announced!
• Rokia Traoré – The Malian superstar singer on her life, music and new rock-influenced album.
• Ballaké Sissoko – The kora star shares his story with Rose Skelton.
• Rainforest Festival – The world music festival transforming arts, culture and lives in Sarawak, Borneo
• The Nile Project – Simon Broughton on the musical project bridging communities together over the River Nile.
• Beginner’s Guide to Ana Moura, Portugal’s star of modern fado.
• Festival Profile: Poland’s Ethno Port festival.
• Postcard from New Orleans – Garth Cartwright visits the Mardi Gras.
• Backpage from Bangladesh – from Mercury nominee Sam Lee.
• My World – composer and viola player Jocelyn Pook.
• Grooves – Sudanese-Italian singer Amira Kheir, Transglobal Underground’s multi-instrumentalist Tim Whelan and Welsh accordionist Jamie Smith.
• News, including the UN Women’s official anthem and Staff Benda Bilili’s break-up.
• Reviews of the latest CD, DVD and world cinema releases.
The new Songlines podcast brings you highlights from the jam-packed April/May 2013 issue, plus extra features and bonus content. It opens with a great track from one of Mali’s foremost artists, Rokia Traoré, taken from her brilliant forthcoming album Beautiful Africa. Songlines editor-in-chief, Simon Broughton, introduces a track by the queen of fado pop, Ana Moura, star of this issue’s Beginner’s Guide. She’s also playing at this year’s La Linea Festival in April – don’t miss it.
Then there’s more from Rokia Traoré, as writer Robin Denselow interviews her about her new Mali-goes-rock album, produced by John Parish. Other features include the announcement of the final 16 nominees for the Songlines Music Awards 2013 by Nasim Masoud; and Simon Broughton’s report on the amazing music and culture of the Rainforest World Music Festival in Sarawak, Borneo. Nathaniel Handy brings you the latest in music news from around the world with an excerpt from the UN Women’s song, ‘One Woman’ and more.
There’s also a fantastic track by Bengali-meets-Afrobeat fusioneers Lokkhi Terra, who are performing at Songlines Encounters Festival at London’s Kings Place on June 8.
As if all that weren’t enough, the next Songlines podcast, featuring highlights from the June 2013 issue (#92), will be available from April 26 2013.