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On the Stereo at Songlines HQ

Posted on April 23rd, 2013 in Recent posts by .

A selection of the current listening habits of the Songlines team

Simon Broughton (Editor-in-chief)
I’m just back from the Czech Republic, and I’ve been listening to the music of a young Moravian fiddler Petr Mička on the Indies label. He’s from Horňácko on the Slovak border, where the best Moravian music comes from.  Track 17 – ‘Janku náš, Janku náš’


Matt Milton (Editor)
Billy Bragg’s ‘Handyman Blues’: a country song about being hopeless at DIY.


Alexandra Petropoulos (Assistant editor)
I’ve been listening to Clinton Fearon’s latest album, Heart and Soul, which is the perfect soundtrack to these rare moments of sunshine we seem to be having.


Edward Craggs (Subscriptions/Social Media Manager)
Owiny’s Sigoma Band’s second album, Power Punch!!!, is yet another impressive release from Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label.



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10 Reasons to buy the April/ May 2013 (#91) issue of Songlines

Posted on March 20th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

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.

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April/May 2013 issue of Songlines (#91) is on sale in the UK from today

Posted on March 15th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

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.

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March 2013 issue of Songlines (#90) is on sale in the UK from Feb 1

Posted on January 30th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

The March 2013 issue of Songlines is on sale in the UK from February 1 and includes 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 American record producer and writer Joe Boyd. 

The Top of the World CD includes tracks from American duo Anaïs Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer; Malian ngoni star Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba; Italian troubadour Vinicio Capossela; energetic Finnish fiddling from Frigg; long-established kora player Ballaké Sissoko and French DJ and producer Nicolas Repac.





The main editorial features include:

• Goran Bregovic – Philip Sweeney talks to the Balkan superstar about Gypsy music and why opinions about his success remain divided.
• Guide to Chanson – The official Songlines Guide to the artists and history of French chanson.
• Music and Food – In support of Refugee Action’s upcoming World Food Night, four musicians share their favourite food-related songs and recipes.
• Hip-hop Debate – Writers Rose Skelton and Nigel Williamson go head-to-head on the subject of global hip-hop.
• Enzo Avitabile – Simon Broughton goes on set with the Neapolitan musicians Enzo Avitabile and director Jonathan Demme.

• Beginner’s Guide to the Oysterband.
• Festival Profile: Tong Tong.
• Postcard from Jharkland, India.
• Backpage from Rio de Janeiro.
• My World – record producer and writer Joe Boyd.
• Grooves – American singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, Cape Verdean vocalist Carmen Souza and guitarist, producer and DJ Nicolas Repac.
• News, including the Nile Project and Birds Eye View film festival.
• Reviews of the latest CD, DVD and world cinema releases.

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