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Further acts added to WOMAD Charlton Park line-up

Posted on April 12th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

© Matt Crossick

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Toots & the Maytals and Carminho added to bill

WOMAD Charlton Park is back this summer from July 25-28. The first acts announced last month included Rokia Traoré, Gilberto Gil and Ondatrópica, and today’s announcement sees Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Toots & the Maytals and Carminho join what is shaking up to be one of the strongest WOMAD line-ups to date.

Festivals are very much the talk of the town at the moment at Songlines HQ, with our definitive festival guide appearing in the next issue (June 2013, #92) on sale in the UK on April 26. The Songlines team will tenting it at WOMAD once again this year, so pop by and say hello. You can buy a discounted Songlines subscription with a weekend ticket here.

To purchase tickets or to find out more information (including our Songlines subscription/weekend ticket offer) please visit the WOMAD UK website.

Further confirmed WOMAD Charlton Park 2013 acts:

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Nigeria)
Toots & the Maytals (Jamaica)
The Heavy (UK)
Parov Stelar Band (Austria)
Adjágas (Norway)
Bombay Royale (Australia/India) 
Carminho (Portugal)
Christine Salem (Réunion)
Dizu Plaatjies and the Ibuyambo Ensemble (South Africa)
Flavia Coelho (Brazil)
Hidden Orchestra (UK)
Jesca Hoop (USA)
Katy Carr & The Aviators (UK)
Mohammad Reza Mortazavi (Iran)
Spoek (South Africa)
Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys (USA)
YesKing (UK)
Fimber Bravo (Trinidad)
Iadoni (Georgia)
Malouma (Mauritania)
Riot Jazz Brass Band (UK) 

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Top of the World Review: The Band Courtboullion – The Band Courtboullion

Posted on May 3rd, 2012 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

Words by Roger Hahn

Cross-generational down-home stew

There’s never been a recording quite like this one. Three highly accomplished Cajun revivalists – each a musical pioneer and highly respected bandleader in his own right – have come together to pay their mutual respects to a musical heritage that has now become their shared inheritance. It’s an embarrassment of riches that is thoroughly Cajun and has ‘instant classic’ written all over it.

Wayne Toups, the eldest of the three, takes centre stage with two series of tunes at the beginning and end of the CD, each track set apart by vocals now grown husky and gruff, with a sense of authenticity and authority that bears a distinct resemblance to the late Johnny Cash. Assuming more of a supportive role here, Steve Riley, the next eldest and an unfailingly innovative musician, performs primarily on guitar and as harmony vocalist. Wilson Savoy, leader of The Pine Leaf Boys, holds up his end admirably as the youngest member of the trio, with harmony vocals, silvery sharp fiddle solos, and a pair of lead vocals. 

While the song selection here displays a pronounced predilection for the dark side of Cajun songwriting, the overriding mood is emotionally stirring and deeply soulful. Two secret weapons help bring this fruitful collaboration to a state of near-perfection: the ubiquitous acoustic bass, frequently placed up-front in the mix, and the intimate setting of Joel Savoy’s analogue-only studio, which appropriately reflects both the warmth that suffuses the musical collaboration at the heart of The Band Courtboullion and the humanity at the heart of Cajun music.


Listen to a choice track from The Band Courtboullion on the Top of the World CD included with the current issue (#84 June 2012). 

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