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Songlines Music Awards 2017: The Nominees

Posted on April 6th, 2017 in News, Recent posts by .

Songlines Music Awards 2017

Songlines Music Awards 2017 Compilation

Now in their ninth year, the Songlines Music Awards champion the vast variety of superb musicians from around the world that we cover within the pages of Songlines

All these albums have been reviewed during the past year (from #115 to #124). The nominees in the geographical categories were chosen by our hotshot team of reviewers and the Best Artist and Best Group nominees were voted for by Songlines readers.

The winners of all nine awards, including the Newcomer and World Pioneer Awards, will be announced in the June issue (#128), out May 12.

Featuring 20 tracks from the nominees in the five geographical categories, the Songlines Music Awards 2017 compilation album is now available on CD exclusively from Amazon. Click here to buy your copy.

And the nominees are…

Best Artist (nominated by the public)


Aziza Brahim‪ (Abbar el Hamada on Glitterbeat)
Félix Lajkó (Most Jöttem on Fonó)
Baaba Maal (The Traveller on Marathon Artists)
Ricardo Ribeiro (Hoje é Assim, Amanhã Não Sei on Warner Music Portugal)

Click here to discover more about the Best Artist nominees


Best Group (nominated by the public)

Best Group 2017

Afro Celt Sound System (The Source on ECC Records)
Bollywood Brass Band feat Jyotsna Srikanth  (Carnatic Connection on Bollywood Brass Band)
Kefaya (Radio International on Radio International Records)
Värttinä (Viena on Westpark Music)

Click here to discover more about the Best Group nominees


Africa & Middle East

Africa & Middle East

Alsarah & The Nubatones (Manara on Wonderwheel Recordings)
Derek Gripper (Libraries on Fire on Derek Gripper)
Noura Mint Seymali (Arbina on Glitterbeat)
Mahsa Vahdat (The Sun Will Rise on Kirkelig Kulturverksted)

Click here to discover more about the Africa & Middle East nominees




Calypso Rose (Far From Home on Because Music)
Roberto Fonseca (ABUC on Impulse!)
Lakou Mizik (
Wa Di Yo on Cumbancha)
Sidestepper (Supernatural Love on Real World)

Click here to discover more about the Americas nominees



Çiğdem Aslan  (A Thousand Cranes on Asphalt Tango)
Breabach (Astar on Breabach)
Fanfare Ciocărlia (Onwards to Mars! on Asphalt Tango)
Maarja Nuut (Une Meeles on Maarja Nuut)

Click here to discover more about the Europe nominees


Asia & South Pacific


Anda Union (Homeland on Hohhot Records)
Mei Han and Red Chamber  (Classical & Contemporary Chinese Music on ARC Music)
Khmer Rouge Survivors  (They Will Kill You if You Cry on Glitterbeat)
The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band  (Planet Lam on Studio Lam)

Click here to discover more about the Asia & South Pacific nominees




FLUX (ShadowLines on Prisms)
The Gloaming (2 on Real World)
Musicians of the Calais Jungle  (The Calais Sessions on Sessions of the World)
The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians & Guests  (Africa Express Presents…The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians & Guests on Transgressive)

Click here to discover more about the Fusion nominees

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Introducing Songlines issue #127 (May 2017)

Posted on April 5th, 2017 in Features, Recent posts by .


The May 2017 (#127) issue of Songlines is now on sale!

Our cover star this issue is Oumou Sangaré, the Malian superstar who returns with a new sound and album – her first in eight years.




Also in this issue we announce the nominations of the 2017 Songlines Music Awards; Portuguese singer Ricardo Ribeiro speaks about finding his destiny and becoming a fadista; Indian sarod player Soumik Datta talks about his latest TV project, Tuning 2 You; we have an interview on board the National Geographic Orion with musical explorer and cultural specialist, Jacob Edgar; a report from Globaltica Festival in Poland; a Beginner’s Guide to dhol player Johnny Kalsi; plus the latest CD, DVD and world cinema reviews.




The  Top of the World CD includes Orchestra Baobab, The Hot 8 Brass Band, Baluji Shrivastav, Ibibio Sound Machine, Tunde Jegede & Derek Gripper, as well as a guest playlist from the American ‘Zaire 74’ concert producer Stewart Levine, featuring Cesaria Evora, Tabu Ley Rochereau and Franco.




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Songlines is now an Apple Music curator

Posted on July 1st, 2016 in News, Recent posts by .


Songlines becomes the first world music magazine to be an official playlist curator on Apple Music 

We are thrilled to announce that Songlines has officially teamed up with Apple Music’s streaming service to create bespoke playlists for you – fans of music from around the world. As the leading magazine for world music, Songlines’ expert, specialist contributors will be fashioning the finest playlists, highlighting some of the world’s best music whether it be traditional, folk, contemporary or fusion – classic tracks and hidden gems.

With more than 13 million paid subscribers, Apple Music’s playlists have been a wonderful addition to the world of music streaming, offering a fabulous roster of curators including other magazines like Jazzwise, Pitchfork, NME, Vogue and Rolling Stone.

We’ve launched our Apple Music page with the following line-up of playlists:


WOMAD Charlton Park always provides a fantastic weekend of music from around the world and this year is quickly shaping up to be their best yet. From well-loved, veteran acts like Baaba Maal and Anoushka Shankar to newer names on the scene, like quirky Bosnian band Dubioza Kolektiv or the very hip Ghanaian pop singer Wiyaala, there will be plenty to satisfy every musical palette. Playlist by deputy editor Alexandra Petropoulos.

Balkan brass

Balkan brass describes a genre that has developed across the southern Balkan nations of Serbia, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Romania. In these nations brass bands, often featuring Roma musicians, play at weddings, parties, funerals and festivals, their music ranging from mournful to storming party ravers. Romanian village band Fanfare Ciocarlia’s dynamic live shows, high speed playing and imaginative cover versions has won them audiences from Moscow to Vancouver. Boban Markovic is a Serbian Roma trumpeter who is widely considered the greatest Balkan brass musician. Ekrem is a Roma trumpet player from Southern Serbia and his brass band play a gentler, more jazz influenced music. Kocani Orkestar hail from Macedonia and are highly respected across Europe. Playlist by Garth Cartwright for Songlines.

Best of summer festivals 2016

It’s just not summer in the UK until you’ve spent a weekend dragging yourself through the mud to see the undeniable wealth of bands at one of the hundreds of festivals. This year there are homegrown acts and bands from sunnier climes who will be sure to rock their respective stages, rain or shine. Here are a selection of some of the best acts to keep your eyes on this summer, playing at Larmer Tree Festival, WOMAD Charlton Park, Cambridge Folk Festival or Shambala Festival. Playlist by deputy editor Alexandra Petropoulos

Hip-hop across the Americas

Since its humble beginnings in downtown New York, hip-hop has become one of the United States’ biggest cultural exports. The music has brought forth innumerable scenes and provided a voice to the politically disenfranchised across the globe. It bears particular significance across Latin America owing to a geographical proximity that has seen a body of work emerge holding hip-hop at its core whilst possessing an expansive range of regional influences. This fervent musical dialogue is documented here, with appearances from both US artists who possess Latin American ancestry and tracks from the most vibrant local scenes south of Tijuana. Playlist for  by Alex de Lacey for Songlines.

Quintessential kora

The rippling strings of the kora define the sound of West Africa. But the instrument is also hugely versatile as this playlist shows, whether played solo by the virtuosic Toumani Diabaté, duetting with the Welsh harp of Catrin Finch, the cello of Vincent Ségal or the trombone of Roswell Rudd, underpinning the Afro-pop fusions of Ba Cissoko and Toumani’s son Sidiki Diabaté, or creating exotic textures for western rock stars such as Björk. Playlist by Nigel Williamson for Songlines.

Songlines Music Awards 2016

Featuring nominated artists in the seven categories in the Songlines Music Awards 2016: Best Artist, Best Group, Africa & Middle East, Americas, Asia & South Pacific, Europe and Fusion.

Totally Tropicália

In 1967 a group of Brazilian musicians dared to go against the status quo. At that time Brazil was very protective of its music, samba and bossa nova had to remain pure, to stay clear of Western influences. But, with the influence of The Beatles, Rolling Stones and US soul music getting greater in Brazil, something had to give. The tropicália movement showed that it’s possible to integrate foreign pop, rock and soul music into Brazilian music, without it losing its soul. They showed that avant-garde and kitsch ideas can be included in the same song, and that Brazilian music can be as radical as any music being made anywhere in the world. Playlist by Russ Slater for Songlines.

We will be producing new playlists regularly, exploring all of the world’s sounds, so be sure to check back often and follow Songlines on Apple Music.

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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 .


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.


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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