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Songlines is now an Apple Music curator

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

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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 UK 2016

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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Charles Hazlewood’s playlist and the 10 best new releases in the Jan/Feb issue of Songlines (#89)

Posted on December 5th, 2012 in News, Recent posts by .

The January/February 2013 issue of Songlines is on sale in the UK from December 7 and includes our regular Top of the World CD with ten tracks from the finest new releases from around the planet. The Top of the World CD also includes five tracks selected by conductor, TV presenter and founder of the Paraorchestra, Charles Hazlewood.

The Top of the World CD includes tracks from two of Senegal’s finest, Malick Pathé Sow & Bao Sissoko; Scottish fiddle maestro Duncan Chisholm; a new collaboration of golden era Ethiopian sounds from Getatchew Mekuria & The Ex & Friends; Lusophone languor from António Zambujo; Malagasy guitarist Solorazaf and top UK folk duo Show of Hands, among others.

Pick up your copy here on the website, at selected WHSmith’s and at all good record retailers. Feast your ears on these all-new tracks:

* The Hot 8 Brass Band ‘Steamin’ Blues’ on Tru Thoughts
* Duncan Chisholm ‘The Flooded Meadow’ on Copperfish Records
* António Zambujo ‘Algo Estranho Acontece’ on World Village
* Laïla Amezian ‘Love Song’ on Music & Words
* Solorazaf ‘Zoma Dance’ on Acoustic Music Records
* Mexican Institute of Sound ‘México’ on Chusma Records
* Malick Pathé Sow & Bao Sissoko ‘Bilbasi’ on Muziekpublique
* Getatchew Mekuria & The Ex & Friends ‘Zerafewa/Eregedawo’ on Terp Records
* Show of Hands ‘Coming Home’ on Hands On Music
* Wu Man ‘Improvisation for Three and a Half Instruments’ on Smithsonian Folkways

Plus Charles Hazlewood’s playlist:

* Dimpho Di Kopane ‘Hot & Dusty’ on Milan Music
* Dimpho Di Kopane ‘Lulamile’s Arrival’ on Milan Music
* Youssou N’Dour ‘Li Ma Weesu’ on Nonesuch Records
* Bellowhead ‘Cold Blows the Wind’ on Navigator
* Baluji Shrivastav ‘Raga Pahari’ on ARC Music

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Peter Sellars’ playlist and the 10 best new releases in the October issue of Songlines (#87)

Posted on August 30th, 2012 in News, Recent posts by .

The October 2012 issue of Songlines is on sale in the UK from August 31 and includes our regular Top of the World CD with ten tracks from the finest new releases from around the planet. The Top of the World CD also includes five tracks selected by contemporary theatre and opera director, Peter Sellars.

The Top of the World CD includes tracks from Kinshasa collective Staff Benda Bilili; French fusionists Lo’Jo; Scottish folk singer Karine Polwart; Thai 70s golden era fiddler Thonghuad Faited; late Malian guitarist Zani Diabaté & Les Héritiers; and US folk veteran Tom Paley’s Old-Time Moonshine Revue, among others.

Pick up your copy here on the website, at selected WHSmith’s and at all good record retailers. Feast your ears on these all-new tracks:

* Staff Benda Bilili ‘Libala Ya Mungwa’ on Crammed
* Lo’Jo ‘Deux Bâtons’ on World Village
* Le Vent du Nord ‘Toujours Amants’ on Borealis Records
* Tom Paley’s Old-Time Moonshine Revue ‘Roll On, Roll On’ on Hornbeam
* Karine Polwart ‘King of Birds’ on Hegri Music
* Kristi Stassinopoulou & Stathis Kalyviotis ‘Anamesa Nissirou’ on Riverboat Records
* Zani Diabaté & Les Héritiers ‘Mali Yafa’ on Sterns Music
* Thonghuad Faited ‘Eua Aree See Sor’ on EM Records
* Caroline Herring ‘Black Mountain Lullaby’ on Signature Sounds
* The Touré-Raichel Collective ‘Touré’ on Cumbancha

Plus Peter Sellars’ playlist:

* Homayun Sakhi ‘Kataghani’ on Smithsonian Folkways
* Waldemar Bastos ‘Sofrimento’ on Luaka Bop
* Mulatu Astatké ‘Motherland’ on Strut
* Sahab Mezhidov ‘Daimokh’ on Topic
* Rokia Traoré ‘Tounka’ on Nonesuch

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Actor Roger Lloyd Pack’s playlist and the 10 best new releases in the July issue of Songlines (#85)

Posted on June 7th, 2012 in News, Recent posts by .

The July 2012 issue of Songlines – on sale June 8 – features a free covermount CD packed full of the best new sounds from around the world, plus 5 tracks selected by actor Roger Lloyd Pack.

The Top of the World CD includes tracks from Britpop renaissance man Damon Albarn; Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar; Brazilian soundtrack favourite Seu Jorge; Gaelic singers The Campbells; Guinean kora rock from Ba Cissoko; and the latest Cuban-Malian collaboration from Arnaldo Antunes, Edgard Scandurra & Toumani Diabaté, among others.

Pick up your copy here on the website, at selected WHSmith’s and at all good record retailers. Feast your ears on these all-new tracks:

* Seu Jorge ‘Vizinha’ on Wrasse Records
* Burkina Electric ‘Sankar Yaaré’ on Cantaloupe Music
* Arnaldo Antunes, Edgard Scandurra & Toumani Diabaté ‘Kaira’ on Mais Um Discos
* Damon Albarn ‘Cathedrals’ on Parlophone
* Ravi Shankar ‘Raga Kedara’ on East Meets West Music
* The Campbells ‘Sios Dhan an Abhainn’ on Watercolour Music
* Ba Cissoko ‘Djeli Fatouma’ on Cristal Records
* Fay Hield ‘The Weavers Daughter’ on Topic Records
* Nazaket Teymurova ‘Dastgah Kharidj Segah’ on Felmay
* Malawi Mouse Boys ‘Ndinasangalala’ on IRL

Plus Roger Lloyd Pack’s playlist:

* Ibrahim Ferrer ‘Dos Almas’ on World Circuit
* The Unthanks ‘Gan To The Kye’ on EMI
* The Secret Sisters ‘The One I Love Is Gone’ on Decca
* Rig-a-Jig-Jig and Friends ‘Wayford Bridge and Hindringham Long Dance Tunes’
* The Tsinandali Choir ‘Makruli’ on Real World

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