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This podcast includes highlights from the November/December 2011 issue of Songlines (#80) opening with music from the new album by Anoushka Shankar (Deutsche Grammophon). Songlines editor-in-chief, Simon Broughton, plays an excerpt by Tito Puente, a bonus track chosen by Mickey Hart as part of his playlist this issue. There is also music from the second CD with this issue – Global Sounds from Australia.
Features include: Nasim Masoud on World Class Brass, Andy Morgan on Rachid Taha and Simon Broughton speaks to Anoushka Shankar and Stephan Micus. Nathaniel Handy brings you the latest news with the Official UK World Music Album Chart and more. The podcast ends with music by Kurash Sultan (Caprice Records).
The next Songlines podcast, featuring highlights from the Jan/Feb issue (#81), will be available from December 9 2011.
The November/December 2011 issue of Songlines is on sale in the UK from October 14 and includes our regular Top of the World CD with ten tracks from the finest new releases from around the planet, plus a second free CD showcasing Global Sounds from Australia. The Top of the World CD also includes five tracks selected by the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart.
The Top of the World CD includes tracks from the new crown prince of Australian Aboriginal music, Gurrumul; flamenco fusion from sitar heiress Anoushka Shankar; new Afro-Indian album from Canadian-Indian singer Kiran Ahluwalia; Mongolian fiddlers Anda Union; and Bosnian sevdah singer Amira, among others.
The main editorial features include:
• Anoushka Shankar – Simon Broughton meets the sitarist and famed daughter of Ravi to discuss her latest collaborative album.
• World Class Brass – A look at the legacy of British brass music beyond the UK, ahead of the new BBC Radio 2 series.
• Kiran Ahluwalia – The Indo-Canadian singer talks to Songlines about her new-found love of Saharan music.
• Amira – Tim Cumming talks to the Bosnian singer about the inspiration behind her Balkan blues, sevdah infused album.
• Stephan Micus – A look into the life of this extraordinary musician, ahead of his London gig.
• Hot Club of Cowtown – We find out what makes them holler…
• Cerys Matthews – The new regular column from the former Catatonia lead singer, folk musician and radio DJ.
• Sounding out… London.
• Beginner’s Guide to French-Algerian rai rebel Rachid Taha.
• Festival Profile: Oslo World Music Festival, Norway.
• Postcard from Zanzibar.
• Backpage from La Réunion.
• My World – Ethnomusicologist and Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart.
• Grooves – Portuguese fadista Ana Moura, Scottish folk singer Karine Polwart, and Playing for Change founder Mark Johnson.
• News, including the European Forum of World Music Festivals.
• Reviews of the latest CD, DVD and World Cinema releases.
The London Jazz Festival is quickly approaching and the concerts are already starting to sell out. The line up is impressive and stretches the moniker ‘jazz’ to include a wide range of genres. There are several performances that the Songlines team are already looking forward to – read on to see which gigs we’ll be spotted at come November.
Simon Broughton, Songlines Editor-in-Chief
‘I’m currently in Mallorca exploring the world of Stephan Micus (pictured below) who plays on the opening night. He plays more instruments than most people could name and has recorded 19 albums for ECM. He considers his instruments as characters in a drama, creating dialogues and scenes for them. In the studio he’s built on a rocky hill in Mallorca he has what he says are the best-tuned set of Burmese gongs in the world, a vast collection of Japanese shakuhachi flutes, some specially created for him. And he’ll come to London with some extraordinary instruments – rarely heard – from Asia and Africa.’
*Stephan Micus is featured in our next issue, on sale October 14th.
Jo Frost, Songlines Editor
‘Where to start?! My personal highlights would have to include Toumani Diabate, multi-instrumentalist Stephan Micus (who last performed in London in 1976!), the silent film with a score composed by Wynton Marsalis Louis, and the legendary South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim.’
Paul Geoghegan, Songlines Publisher
‘My highlight of the festival line-up would have to be the Iranian kamancheh player Kayhan Kalhor.’
Sophie Atkinson, Songlines Assistant Editor
‘I can’t wait to see Alison Krauss, whose shows are almost sold-out already!’
Ben Serbutt, Songlines Art Director
‘It’s got to be the funk and dub group Jerry Dammer’s Spatial A.K.A. Orchestra. But I’m also looking forward to the cool, experimental stylings of the Portico Quartet.’
Alexandra Petropoulos, Songlines Subscriptions Manager
‘I’m really looking forward to seeing the young sarod player and composer Soumik Datta. I last saw him guest performing with Songlines Award winner Raghu Dixit and was blown away. I’m also excited to see the clarinettist and Songlines Encounters performer Arun Ghosh.’
Amy Cummingham, Songlines Intern
‘I can’t wait to see the Wolof-Jazz outfit, Outhouse Ruhabi. What I particularly love about them is their traditional Sabar hypnotic grooves, their funky yet serene sax melodies and not to mention Dave Smith’s (one of the UK’s inventive drummers) free-flowing improvisation on drum kit.’
Visit the London Jazz Festival website for more details.